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2017 Professor of the Year: Rob Verchick
Rob Verchick is the Faculty Director of the Center for Environmental Law and Land Use. He served in the Obama administration as Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In that role he helped develop climate adaptation policy for the EPA and served on President Obama's Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. Verchick has testified before Congress on several issues, including Hurricane Katrina and the economic benefits of environmental regulation. He has also represented environmental interests in friend-of-the-court briefs in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal appellate courts. He has written commentaries for several news outlets, including the Christian Science Monitor, the Baltimore Sun, and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. And he is a Member Scholar and former board member of the Center for Progressive Reform, a policy institute focused on public health and environmental protection. Verchick taught for eleven years on the law faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and practiced environmental law at a Seattle law firm before that. When at Harvard Law School, he served as Articles Editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Verchick has taught as a visiting professor at Peking University (China), Aarhus University (Denmark), Lewis & Clark College, and Seattle University, and has received teaching awards at Loyola, UMKC, Seattle University, and Harvard College. He has lectured on environmental topics across the United States and Europe, as well as in Israel, South Africa, and China.