Climate Change Law Expert Shelley Welton announced as Haub Junior Scholar for 2020

November 20, 2019
Climate Change Law Expert Shelley Welton announced as Haub Junior Scholar for 2020


WHITE PLAINS, NY – The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University announces that Shelley Welton has been named the 2020 Haub Junior Scholar. Shelley Welton is a climate change law expert who is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law. As the Haub Junior Scholar, Professor Welton will come to the law school in the spring of 2020 to present her recent scholarship to Haub Law’s faculty.

“Professor Welton’s clear and persuasive writing on energy and climate law skillfully weaves together governance theory and observations about governance change in the era of climate change,” said Interim Associate Dean & Executive Director, Environmental Law Programs and Haub Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law Katy Kuh. “She has been published widely in top ranked journals about these critical issues. We are pleased to name her this year’s Haub Junior Scholar.”

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University is home to the #1 ranked environmental law program in the country according to US News and World Report. The Haub Environmental Law Distinguished Junior Scholar Award is a part of this top-ranked program and is presented annually to an emerging junior environmental law professor who exhibits scholarly excellence and promise at an early stage in his/her career. Haub Law invites the award recipient to present his/her recent scholarship to the Haub community. The Haub Environmental Law Faculty solicits nominations from law professors throughout the country and selects a recipient from that pool of nominations.

“I’m thrilled and honored to be the recipient of this award from Haub Law, with its renowned environmental law faculty and curriculum,” said Professor Welton. “I am particularly grateful to receive this recognition for work focused on the intersections of climate change, inequality, and democracy, and I hope it is validating to all those working hard on these topics to see them recognized as a critical part of the climate policy conversation.”

Professor Welton’s research focuses on how climate change is transforming energy and environmental law and governance. Her scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Columbia Law ReviewMichigan Law Review, New York University Law ReviewUCLA Law Review, University of Colorado Law Review, and Harvard Environmental Law Review. At the University of South Carolina, she teaches Administrative Law, Energy Law, Environmental Law and Policy, and Climate Change Law.

Prior to academia, Professor Welton worked as the Deputy Director of Columbia Law School's Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. She also clerked for Judge David Trager of the Eastern District of New York and Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. She received her Ph.D. in Law from Yale Law School, her J.D. from NYU School of Law, a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


About Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law offers J.D. and Masters of Law degrees in both Environmental and International Law, as well as a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Environmental Law. The school, housed on the University’s campus in White Plains, NY, opened its doors in 1976 and has over 8,500 alumni around the world. The school maintains a unique philosophy and approach to legal education that strikes an important balance between practice and theory. For more information visit  

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