Executive Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Research Scholar and Lecturer-in-Law, Columbia Law School
As Executive Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Michael leads a dynamic team that is at the forefront of domestic and international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote climate change adaptation through pollution control, resource management, land use planning and green finance. Past and present projects involve collaborations with local and national environmental groups and government representatives, as well as international organizations such as the United Nations Environment Program, the United Nations Development Program, and the International Red Cross. Michael is a widely published scholar, a frequent speaker at conferences and symposiums, and a regular source for media outlets. He has taught at Columbia Law School, NYU Law School and Roger Williams School of Law, and has lead short courses on climate change and human rights in the Hague and Grand Cayman. He is also a co-founder and member of the Environmental Law Collaborative.
Prior to joining the Sabin Center Michael was an associate professor at Roger Williams University School of Law, where he taught environmental law, administrative law, and law and literature, and was founder and director of the Environmental and Land Use Law Clinical Externship program. He previously taught in the Lawyering Program at New York University School of Law, and served as an attorney in the Environmental Law Division of New York City’s Office of the Corporation Counsel. Michael is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an articles editor for the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law; and of Brown University, where he graduated magna cum laude and received the Ratcliffe Hicks Prize for highest standing in language and literature. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Creative Writing program at NYU.
Law Review Articles
- Legal Pathways to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions under Section 115 of the Clean Air Act, 28 Geo. Envtl. L. Rev. ___ (coordinating lead author, with Ann E. Carlson (UCLA), Michael B. Gerrard (Columbia), Jayni Foley Hein (NYU), Jason A. Schwartz (NYU), Keith J. Benes (Columbia) (forthcoming, Spring/Summer 2016).
- Narratives in Conflict: Alaska Natives and Offshore Drilling in the Arctic, 2014 Nordic Envtl. L.J. 77 (invited symposium essay).
- Property Law and American Empire, 35 U. Hawaii L. Rev. (forthcoming 2015) (co-authored with Paul Frymer, Associate Professor, Princeton University).
- The (Re)Federalization of Fracking Regulation, 2013 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1483 (2014).
- Environmental Law/Environmental Literature, 39 Ecology L. Q. 1 (2013).
- Consistency Conflicts and Federalism Choice: Marine Spatial Planning Beyond the Territorial Sea, 41 Env. L. Rep. 10602 (July 2011).
- “It’s Not Easy Being Green”: Local Initiatives, Preemption Problems and the Market Participant Exception, 78 U. Cin. L. Rev. 835 (2010).
- Empowering Local Autonomy and Encouraging Innovation in Climate Change Governance: The Case for a Layered Regime, 39 Env. L. Rep. 11161 (Dec. 2009).
- “Sustainable Utopias and Climate Change Apocalypse,” Rethinking Sustainable Development to Meet the Climate Change Challenge,” (Keith Hirokawa and Jessica Owley, eds., forthcoming from Environmental Law Institute (ELI) Press).
- “The Last, Last Frontier,” Environmental Law and Contrasting Ideas of Nature: A Constructivist Approach (Keith Hirokawa, ed., Cambridge University Press) (2014).