Richard L. Revesz, the Lawrence King Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus at NYU Law School, is one of the nation’s leading voices in environmental and regulatory law and policy. At NYU, he directs the Institute for Policy Integrity, a think tank and advocacy organization focusing in these areas. Revesz received a BS summa cum laude from Princeton University, an MS in civil engineering from MIT, and a JD from Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. After judicial clerkships with Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the US Supreme Court, Revesz joined the NYU faculty in 1985 and served as Dean from 2002-13. Revesz is the director of the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the U.S. producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law; a senior fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States; and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Michael A. Livermore was the founding executive director of the Institute for Policy Integrity and now serves as a senior advisor. He is a professor at the University of Virginia’s School of Law. He is the author, along with Richard L. Revesz, of Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Our Health (Oxford University Press, 2008). He is a frequent panelist at U.S. and international conferences on cost-benefit analysis and his views and commentary have appeared in BusinessWeek, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and Time. Livermore was a postdoctoral fellow at NYU’s Law Center for Environmental and Land Use Law and served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Harry T. Edwards at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Between 1995 and 2002, Livermore worked for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) where he was a leading voice of the state’s environmental community. Livermore graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he was a managing editor of the NYU Law Review. He has published legal scholarship on topics including cost-benefit analysis in the global context, regulatory ossification, water pollution control, judicial decisionmaking, and international food safety standards.
Bethany Davis Noll, now Policy Integrity’s Litigation Director, joined the institute in April 2017. Previously, she worked as Assistant Solicitor General in the New York Attorney General’s Office, Appeals and Opinions Division, where she filed briefs on behalf of a coalition of states in support of EPA’s Clean Power Plan. In 2016, she was awarded the Louis J. Lefkowitz Memorial Award for her work on several environmental appeals. Prior to working at the Attorney General’s Office, Bethany was a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she led a team in a pro bono Clean Water Act enforcement suit. She was also an adjunct lecturer in law at Columbia Law School for four years, and she is a member of the Environmental Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. She served as a clerk for the Honorable Chester J. Straub in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and for the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin in the District Court for the Southern District of New York. Bethany received a J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Barnard College.
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Denise Grab, Policy Integrity’s Western Regional Director, originally joined the institute as a legal fellow in August 2012. Previously, she worked as a litigation associate in the San Francisco office of Bingham McCutchen LLP. Before that, she clerked for the Honorable A. Howard Matz of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Ms. Grab focuses on environmental and energy issues. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.E.M. from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Jayni Foley Hein is the Policy Director at the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law, where she serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law and teaches Natural Resources Law & Policy. She has authored numerous reports and academic articles on natural resources and climate change topics. From 2011 to 2014, she served as Executive Director of UC Berkeley School of Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment. Previously, she served as an attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP in San Francisco, where her practice focused on environmental and regulatory law. She has testified before U.S. Congress on federal mineral leasing, and before the California legislature on environmental and transportation regulation. Her writing and commentary has appeared in diverse media outlets including The Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. She earned her J.D., Order of the Coif, from UC Berkeley School of Law, and her B.A., with highest distinction, from the University of Virginia.
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Peter Howard is the economics director at Policy Integrity, and a former economic fellow. Much of his work focuses on the social cost of carbon and integrated assessment models. He is the lead researcher for the Cost of Carbon Pollution Project, a collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC). He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis, where his research focused on climate change, environmental policy, and agricultural policy. Howard also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College.
He can be reached at (212) 998-6903 or HowardP@mercury.law.nyu.edu.
Jack Lienke joined Policy Integrity in January 2014. He is a co-author, with Richard Revesz, of Struggling for Air: Power Plants and the “War on Coal” (Oxford University Press, 2016). Previously, he worked as a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in Manhattan and as a law clerk to the Honorable Janet C. Hall of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Jack holds a J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law, and a B.A., with general honors, from Vassar College. His work at Policy Integrity focuses on federal environmental policy.
Jason A. Schwartz is the legal director at Policy Integrity and has taught the Regulatory Policy Clinic and the Advanced Regulatory Policy Clinic at NYU School of Law. Schwartz’s work at Policy Integrity focuses on climate change, administrative law and the regulatory process, cost-benefit analysis, and job impact analysis. He has twice been chosen as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States, preparing reports and draft recommendations for best agency practices on petitions for rulemaking and marketable permits.
Schwartz first joined Policy Integrity with the inaugural class of fellows in 2008. Previously, as an associate with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Schwartz provided strategic counsel to municipalities and foreign governments in their pursuit of appropriations, favorable international trade policies, and homeland security assistance from the federal government. Schwartz graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law where he was an articles editor for the NYU Environmental Law Journal. His bar admissions include Virginia, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Tenth and D.C. Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
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Derek Sylvan is the strategy director at the Institute for Policy Integrity and an adjunct professor of Environmental Studies at NYU. He previously worked as a senior consultant with Context America, advising multinational companies on sustainability issues. He has authored reports on climate and energy issues for the Brookings Institution and the League of Conservation Voters. Additionally, Sylvan has more than eight years of experience in media and journalism. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, and the Journal of Public and International Affairs. Sylvan has a master’s degree in public policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs as well as a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.
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Dr. Burcin Unel is the Energy Policy Director at the Institute for Policy Integrity.
Her current work focuses on socially efficient policy design in the areas of energy, environment, and health, building on her expertise in microeconomic theory, regulation, and industrial organization. At Policy Integrity, she has authored academic scholarship, policy briefs, public comments, testimonies, and guidance documents, with the aim of helping policymakers and utility regulators improve the quality of federal and state energy policy decisionmaking. She also leads Policy Integrity’s stakeholder involvement in New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative and related state energy policy programs.
Before joining Policy Integrity, she held faculty positions at the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida, and the Department of Economics at Bogaziçi University in Turkey. She also taught as an adjunct faculty member at the City College of New York and NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She received a B.A. in Economics from Bogaziçi University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Florida.
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Dina Abdulhadi joined Policy Integrity in September 2016. Previously, she worked for EPA’s Office of Research and Development as a communications specialist and as a toxicology research assistant. Prior to that, she was a Generation Fellow at the Breakthrough Institute. She received her B.S. in ecology from the University of Georgia in 2013. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iliana Paul joined Policy Integrity in September 2016. She received her MPA from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in May 2016 with a specialization in International Development Policy. Before starting at Policy Integrity, Iliana was the Program Officer for the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), interned for the United Nations World Food Programme and was a fellow at the Women’s Environment & Development Organization. She continues to assist with undergraduate and graduate courses on public policy and the environment at NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences and NYU Wagner. Iliana has her BA in International Relations and French from Mount Holyoke College and holds an International Program Certificate from Sciences Po – Paris. She can be reached at Iliana.email@example.com.
Avi Zevin joined Policy Integrity as an Attorney in August 2017. His focuses include clean air and climate regulation, electric market design, and energy policy at the federal, state, and local levels. Previously, he was an Associate at Van Ness Feldman LLP in Washington, D.C., where he provided strategic advice, legal advocacy, and policy analysis and development to a diverse set of clients in the energy sector, including clean energy businesses and associations, electric utilities, and Fortune 100 companies. Before law school, Avi helped develop policy, political, and communications strategy to advance climate change legislation and clean energy research, development, and deployment as a Policy Advisor on the Clean Energy Initiative at Third Way. Avi holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law, an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A., with high honors, from the University of California at Berkeley.