Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University Faculty, Alumni, and Affiliates Rank Among the 2024 Lawdragon Green 500: Leaders in Environmental Law

February 9, 2024
Achinthi Vithanage

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University is proud to announce that Achinthi Vithanage, Associate Director of Environmental Law Programs & Adjunct Professor at Haub Law, was named to the 2024 Lawdragon Green 500: Leaders in Environmental Law. Since featuring on the inaugural Law Dragon 500 Leading Environmental & Energy Lawyers list in 2021, Professor Vithanage has been recognized on this list for three consecutive years. In addition to teaching International Environmental Law and Environmental Externship seminars and directing the top ranked environmental law program in the country, she is also an Advisory Board Member of Haub Law’s Sustainable Business Law Hub. Professor Vithanage also serves on the Council for the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, and is a founding Co-Chair of the Environmental Law Society Network. Most recently, she was selected to attend COP28 in Dubai as one of two in-person delegates sent by the ABA, presenting on panels discussing the expanding role of lawyers and law associations in combating the climate crisis.

The prestigious list is comprised of 500 lawyers carefully selected and based on journalistic reporting, nominations, and vetting with peers and experts in environmental law. “I am honored to be recognized among the top environmental leaders in the country, all of whom are making strides each day towards governance, accountability, and action on environmental issues,” said Vithanage.

Also included on the list are Haub Law alumni, Anne Carpenter ’09, Partner, Baker Botts, Samuel Brown ‘07, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth, and James May ’91 (LLM), Distinguished Professor of Law, Founder of the Global Environmental Rights Institute, and co-Founder and co-Director of the Dignity Rights Project and the Environmental Rights Institute at Widener University Delaware Law School and former Haub Visiting Scholar and Visiting Professor at Haub Law.

“We are once again so proud to have some of Haub Law’s environmental leaders recognized on the annual Lawdragon Green 500 list,” said Jason J. Czarnezki, Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, and Associate Dean of Environmental Law Programs and Strategic Initiatives. “It is the leadership of our faculty, alumni, affiliates, and colleagues that will help to lead us toward a greener and more sustainable future. Haub Law has long been a leader in the field of environmental law, remaining committed to advancing forward thinking and impactful environmental law and policies, and we thank Lawdragon for recognizing the impact that Haub Law’s leaders have had and continue to have on the environmental field and beyond.”

The 2024 Lawdragon Green 500 list also included other Haub Law affiliates, including: Former Director of Haub Law’s Environmental Law Program, Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Partner, Baker Botts, 2021 Haub Law Environmental Law Distinguished Junior Scholar and 2022 Lloyd. K Garrison Lecturer on Environmental Law, Sharmila Murthy, Director for Environmental Justice in the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and 2022 Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Lecturer on Environmental Law, Roger Martella, Chief Sustainability Officer for GE.

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