Faculty - Stephen J. Porter

Steve Porter is a lawyer and independent consultant. Currently, Steve is working as a Renewable Energy Consultant with the Erie Art Museum. Prior to this, he was the Director of the Climate Change Program at the Center for International Environmental Law where he was responsible for managing CIEL's climate change program. In this position, Steve advocated to integrate climate change and human rights regimes, helped clarify legal architecture elements of merging treaty regimes, promoted rights and interests of communities in relation to forest based climate initiatives, critiqued treatment of coal based power projects at the World Bank and other financial institutions, and helped ot build rights-based procedures for dealing with climate induced relocation. Prior to being Director of the Climate Change Program, Steve also held a number of other positions at CIEL including being the Managing Attorney at the Geneva office, a Senior Attorney, a Staff Attorney, a Law Fellow, and a Volunteer. In these positions, he worked on a variety of CIEL projects related to trade and sustainable development, and climate change. Prior to joining CIEL, Steve was an Attorney at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He was also a Peace Corps Forestry Volunteer in Mali. Steve received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.S. in Natural Resources and B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan.