2012 Election Experts: Environment


David Hunter – professor and director of the Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law

Expertise: environmental law & policy, climate change, sustainable development

David Hunter is the former executive director of the Center for International Environmental Law and was previously an Associate with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide-US, EarthRights International, the Project on Government Oversight, the Bank Information Center, and Greenpeace-US.


Amanda Leiter – associate professor of law

Expertise: national candidate records on environmental policies

Amanda Leiter teaches environmental law, administrative law, and torts, and her research interests include administrative law and process, and domestic environmental law and policy. Before joining the law school faculty, Professor Leiter was an associate professor at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. Leiter was a Beagle/HLS fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she developed and pursued federal appeals court challenges to EPA rules governing industrial air pollution.  Professor Leiter clerked for Judge Nancy Gertner of the Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts; for Judge David Tatel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals; and for Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. She is admitted to practice before the District of Columbia, the States of Colorado and Massachusetts, and the U.S. Supreme Court.


William Snape - fellow in environmental law and senior counsel with the Center for Biological Diversity

Expertise: environmental law & policy, climate change

Prior to joining the law school faculty, Bill Snape was vice president and chief counsel at Defenders of Wildlife for a decade. He has litigated global warming cases in federal court, and argued Center for Biological Diversity v. Interior (D.C. Cir. 2009), which rejected the federal government's plan for oil and gas drilling off the coast of Alaska in part because of climate change concerns. Snape is the author of numerous articles on natural resource issues, including Biodiversity and the Law published by Island Press.


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