William S. Eubanks II
William S. Eubanks II teaches a unique course analyzing the environmental impacts of our nation's farming and food production system, and examining the laws and policies that drive that system, in an effort to educate students about the tools available to achieve a more sustainable and more ecologically resilient food system. Eubanks has researched and written widely on this topic, including several leading law review articles and a forthcoming textbook he is co-authoring and co-editing. He also teaches a related course each summer as part of Vermont Law School's nationally recognized Environmental Law Center, which focuses on the public health impacts of domestic agricultural policies and food laws. He was also instrumental in assisting Vermont Law School in opening its groundbreaking new research center, called the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, which officially opened in 2012.
Eubanks is also an associate attorney at Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal, which is one of the nation's leading public interest environmental law firms. Since joining MGC, he has been involved in precedent-setting federal impact litigation under the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, National Park Service Organic Act, Clean Water Act, Freedom of Information Act, and other statutes. Notable cases on which he has worked include challenging oil spill response strategies harming sea turtles in the wake of the BP Deepwater Horizon incident, garnering protections for Indiana bats from an industrial wind energy project, obtaining agency records regarding federal financing of coal-fired power facilities in Texas and Kentucky, forcing a reconsideration of critical habitat for the California Tiger Salamander, reducing off-road vehicle use in Big Cypress National Preserve to protect water and wildlife resources, and co-authoring several amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court on standing and remedies in environmental cases involving climate change, genetically modified crops, and naval sonar use. Eubanks joined Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal in 2008 after obtaining his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Environmental Law, summa cum laude, from Vermont Law School. In 2007, he obtained his J.D., magna cum laude, from North Carolina Central University School of Law where he was a member of the Law Review and founding President of the Environmental Law Society. In 2004, he obtained his B.A. in United States History and English Literature & Composition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has also previously clerked at the Conservation Law Foundation and the Southern Environmental Law Center.
Eubanks is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and the District of Columbia, and has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeal for the First and D.C. Circuits.
Degrees & Universities
- LL.M., Vermont Law School
- J.D., North Carolina Central University School of Law
- B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- William S. Eubanks II, Paying the Farm Bill: How One Statute Has Radically Degraded the Natural Environment and How a Newfound Emphasis on Sustainability Is the Key to Reviving the Ecosystem, 27 Evntl. Forum 56 (July 2010). SSRN Link
- William S. Eubanks II, The Sustainable Farm Bill: A Proposal for Permanent Environmental Change, 39 Envtl. L. Rep. 10493 (2009). SSRN Link
- William S. Eubanks II, Damage Done? The Status of NEPA After Winter v. NRDC and Answers to Lingering Questions Left Open by the Court, 33 Vt. L. Rev. 649 (2009). SSRN Link
- William S. Eubanks II, A Rotten System: Subsidizing Environmental Degradation and Poor Public Health with Our Nation’s Tax Dollars, 28 Stan. L. Rev. 213 (2009). SSRN Link
- William S. Eubanks II, The Clean Air Act’s New Source Review Program: Beneficial to Public Health or Merely a Smoke-and-Mirrors Scheme?,, 29 Land Resources & Envtl. L. 361 (2009) (reprinted in Energy Conservation and Law 168, Amicus Books of ICFAI University 2010). SSRN Link
- William S. Eubanks II, Filling the Void: Judicial Analysis of Wildlife Impacts in a Post-Winter World, ABA T.I.P.S., Animal L. Comm. (2009).
- William S. Eubanks II, North Carolina’s Durational Residency Requirement for In-State Tuition: Violating the Constitution’s Inherent Right to Travel, 1 Charlotte L. Rev. 199 (2009). SSRN Link
- William S. Eubanks II, Environmental Justice for All? The Navy’s Recent Failure to Protect North Carolina’s Citizens, 30 N.C. C. L. Rev. 206 (2008). SSRN Link
- William S. Eubanks II, The Life-Altering Impacts of Climate Change: The Precipitous Decline of the Northeastern Sugar Maple and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative’s Potential Solution, 17 Penn St. Envtl. L. Rev. 81 (2008) (reprinted in 2 Intl. J. of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses 1 2010). SSRN Link