Richard L. Revesz is one of the nation’s leading experts in the fields of environmental and regulatory law and policy. Revesz is the Lawrence King Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus at the New York University School of Law, where he founded and directs the Institute for Policy Integrity, a non-partisan think tank focused on improving the quality of environmental decisionmaking through advocacy and scholarship.
Over the last two years, Revesz has been one of the most effective supporters of EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which regulates carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector. He co-authored an amicus brief in the litigation against the rule. He also published an analysis of the limits of EPA’s regulatory authority under Clean Air Act Section 111, an article on legal precedents for the rule, and a paper examining the implications of the Supreme Court stay of the Clean Power Plan. Additionally, Revesz testified at multiple Congressional hearings on the rule and provided analysis on the rule to numerous media outlets. His recent co-authored book, Struggling for Air: Power Plants and the “War on Coal”, published by Oxford University Press, analyzes the conceptual inaccuracies of the “war on coal” narrative.
Revesz has also contributed analysis and scholarship on other key energy policy issues. A brief he co-authored was acknowledged in the judges’ opinion in Zero Zone, Inc. v. United States Department of Energy, a recent federal appellate court ruling that paved the way for the use by federal agencies of the “social cost of carbon” to justify their environmental, natural resources, and energy policies. Revesz analyzed the implications of this ruling in one of his regular columns for the Wall Street Journal’s “Energy Experts” series. He also co-authored a forthcoming article that explores the appropriate economic frameworks for policies on distributed generation and net metering, and that has formed the basis of advocacy seeking to compensate renewable energy for its attractive environmental attributes.
The Institute for Policy Integrity, under Revesz’s direction, has contributed to the development of protective environmental policy in a number of other important areas. As the Department of the Interior evaluates potential reforms to the federal coal program, Policy Integrity has published reports on reform options, coal royalties, self-bonding, and economic modernization, and hosted a high-level workshop on federal coal policy in Washington, D.C. Policy Integrity has emerged as one of the leading sources of expertise on the social cost of carbon, offshore oil and gas leasing, and the economics of electricity pricing.
As dean of NYU Law School from 2002 to 2013, Revesz significantly enhanced the Law School’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and to public interest law. He designed and launched the AnBryce Scholarship Program, for students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are the first in their families to attend graduate and professional school, and now serves as its faculty director; doubled the Root-Tilden-Kern Scholarship Program, for students with strong commitments to public service careers; significantly expanded and restructured the Law School’s Law Repayment Assistance Program, for graduates pursuing public service careers, and added 19 new clinics, including one in Washington, D.C. focusing on the role of government. During his tenure, Revesz raised a record-breaking $550 million to fund these initiatives as well as a significant expansion of the full-time faculty, and oversaw the development of the Law School’s Washington Square campus, opening three new academic buildings—two of which received coveted LEED Platinum and Gold certifications.
Revesz is the Director of the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law; a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States; a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has previously served on EPA’s Science Advisory Board (and currently is a member of its Panel on Economy-Wide Modeling of the Benefits and Costs of Environmental Regulation), committees of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council, and the Committee on Conscience of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Revesz graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, earned a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. Following clerkships with Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court, Revesz joined the NYU faculty in 1985. He has been a visiting professor at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, and the Graduate Institute for International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
Revesz was born in Argentina, learned English as a second language, and came to the United States to attend college thanks to a generous scholarship, becoming a citizen when he was a law student. He lives in New York with his wife Vicki Been, the New York City Commissioner of Housing Preservation and Development, and with their children Joshua Revesz, a third-year student at Yale Law School, and Sarah Revesz, a senior at Swarthmore College.
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.
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. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Jayni Foley Hein is the Policy Director at the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law, where she also 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. 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. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 992-8182.
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. He can be reached at email@example.com or (212) 998-6085.
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.
Denise Grab, Policy Integrity’s senior attorney, 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. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Follow him on Twitter at @jacklienke, or email him at email@example.com.
Burcin Unel is a senior economist at the Institute for Policy Integrity, and an adjunct faculty member at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She previously held faculty positions at the Department of Economics at Boğaziçi University and the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida, and taught as an adjunct faculty member at the City College of New York. Her areas of expertise include health economics and policy, industrial organization, regulation, and applied microeconomics. Her current research uses microeconomic theory as a foundation for policy analysis, focusing specifically on the incentives created by different policy designs. She is also interested in examining the social welfare implications of different policies and regulations, focusing particularly on the labor market implications of health care and environmental policies. Unel received a B.A. in Economics from Boğaziçi University in Turkey and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Florida. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 992-6285.
Caroline Cecot is the 2016-2017 Legal Fellow at the Institute for Policy Integrity and Affiliate Faculty at Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. Her research interests include cost-benefit analysis, regulatory reform, and environmental regulation, and her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and law reviews. Previously, Cecot was the Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Law and Economics at Vanderbilt Law School and a Research Associate at the AEI-Brookings Joint Center. She served as a law clerk to Judge Raymond J. Lohier, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Cecot graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude with an A.B. degree in economics and from Vanderbilt University with a Ph.D. in law and economics. She also holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School, where she was the Senior Articles Editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review and Articles Editor for the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review. After her year at Policy Integrity, she will join the faculty at Scalia Law as Assistant Professor of Law. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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.
Brigit Rossbach joined Policy Integrity as a policy associate in August 2016. Previously, she worked as a research assistant in Yale University’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies. Prior to that, she interned at Goldman, Sachs & Co., and in the U.S. Senate. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Yale College in 2016. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.