Professor to join Haub Law’s nationally ranked Environmental Law program

April 17, 2020
Alexander Erwin

Professor to join Haub Law’s nationally ranked Environmental Law program
Prof. Alex Erwin’s research focuses on wildlife conservation, genetics, and bridging the gaps among science, policy and law

WHITE PLAINS, NY (April 17, 2020) -- Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University has hired a new visiting assistant professor to join its nationally ranked Environmental Law program.

Haub Law has hired Alex Erwin, a Teaching Fellow and Professor of Practice at the University of Arizona. He will join the Haub Law faculty for a year and a half beginning in January 2021.

“We are very excited to welcome such a promising scholar and teacher to our already deep bench in Environmental Law,” said Haub Law Dean Horace Anderson. “Haub Law has a strong track record of encouraging and supporting young faculty in our nationally ranked Environmental Law program.”

Erwin's research focuses primarily on wildlife conservation, genetics, and bridging the gaps among science, policy, and the law. He seeks to better understand and improve the American system of wildlife conservation from the ground up: from field work and wet-lab genetics to congressional acts and court cases.

Erwin has publications in both peer-reviewed scientific journals and law reviews. His article, Hybridizing Law:  A Policy for Hybridization Under the Endangered Species Act, was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review (ELPAR) as one of the top environmental policy-relevant articles from 2016-2017.

“I am eagerly looking forward to joining the strong Haub Law Environmental Law program in January,” said Erwin. “I feel my scholarly and teaching interests in wildlife preservation and related policy issues are a very good match with the Environmental Law program’s strengths and focus.”

Erwin received his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Arizona’s Genetics Graduate Interdisciplinary Program with a dissertation titled: “Conservation Genomics and Management Implications for Black-tailed Prairie Dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) and Mountain Lions (Puma concolor).” He expects to finish his Ph.D. work before joining Haub Law. Erwin received his B.S. from Washington and Lee University double majoring in Biology and Biochemistry.

Erwin primarily teaches in the University of Arizona’s B.A. in Law program and the M.L.S. program. Among the courses he has taught are American Common Law System I, American Common Law System II, Environmental Law, and From the Laboratory to Capitol Hill: Science and Policy.

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About Elisabeth Haub School of Law:

Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law (Haub 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, N.Y., 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.

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law launched its Environmental Law Program in 1978; it has long been ranked among the world’s leading university programs. Pace’s doctoral graduates teach environmental law at universities around the world. Pace’s J.D. alumni are prominent in environmental law firms, agencies and non-profit organizations across the U.S. and abroad. In 2016, the Law School received a transformational gift from the family of Elisabeth Haub, in recognition of its outstanding environmental law programs. For more information visit

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