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Denise Grab

Western Regional Director

Denise Grab is Western Regional Director at the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law, where she also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law. She has been on the Policy Integrity team since 2012, where she has helped develop the institute’s research and advocacy efforts on climate and energy law and policy. Before joining Policy Integrity, she worked as a litigation associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP and clerked for the Hon. A. Howard Matz of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. 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., with highest honors, in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.

Bar and Court Admissions: State Bar of California | Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Fifth Circuit, and Seventh Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California

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Brief of Amicus Curiae, Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law in Petitioners v. U.S. Department of the Interior — Wyoming District Court, 2017


No Turning Back: An Analysis of EPA’s Authority to Withdraw California’s Preemption Waiver Under Section 209 of the Clean Air Act — August 2018

The Falling Cost of Clean Power Plan Compliance — October 2017

Supporting Survivors: The Economic Benefits of Providing Civil Legal Assistance to Survivors of Domestic Violence — July 2015

Navigating Net Neutrality — May 2014

Policy Briefs

Setting the Record Straight on the Clean Power Plan: What the Challengers Got Wrong at the D.C. Circuit Oral Argument — October 2016

Bounded Regulation: How the Clean Power Plan Conforms to Statutory Limits on EPA’s Authority — September 2016

Academic Articles

Environmental Federalism in a Dark Time — December 2018

Deregulation: Process and Procedures That Govern Agency Decisionmaking in An Era of Rollbacks, Energy Law Journal, Vol. 38, No. 2, 2017 (with Bethany Davis Noll).

Best Cost Estimate of Greenhouse Gases — August 2017

Balancing on the Grid Edge: Regulating for Economic Efficiency in the Wake of FERC v. EPSA — April 2016

Familiar Territory: A Survey of Legal Precedents for the Clean Power Plan — December 2015


Fact checking opponents of the Clean Power Plan — The Hill, November 2016

Footnote 7 and the Clean Power PlanACS Blog, September 2016

New York’s Clean Energy Standard is a key step toward pricing carbon pollution fairly – Utility Dive, August 2016

Domestic Violence Victims Should Get Free Attorneys – Dallas Morning News, July 2015

Accused Batterers Get Free Attorneys. Domestic Violence Victims Don’t. That Needs to Change. – Slate, July 2015

Valuing the Climate Benefits of Rooftop Solar – Medium, April 2014

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