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Jayni Foley Hein

Natural Resources Director

Jayni Foley Hein is the Natural Resources 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.

Bar and Court Admissions: State Bar of California, District of Columbia Bar | Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

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Environmental Law and Policy, 4th Ed. (with Richard L. Revesz, Michael A. Livermore, and Caroline Cecot) (Foundation Press, 2019)

Academic Articles

Monumental Decisions: One-Way Levers towards Preservation in the Antiquities Act and Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, 48 ENVTL L. 125 (2018) (SSRN)

Federal Lands and Fossil Fuels: Maximizing Social Welfare in Federal Energy Leasing, 42 HARV. ENVTL. L. REV. 1 (2018) (SSRN)

Mineral Royalties: Historical Uses and Justifications, 28 DUKE ENVTL. L. & POL’Y F. 1 (2017) (with Caroline Cecot) (SSRN)

Next Steps to Reform the Regulations Governing Offshore Oil and Gas Planning and Leasing, 33 ALASKA L. REV. 1 (2016) (with Andrew Hartsig, Michael Levine, and Jason Schwartz) (SSRN)

Legal Pathways to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions under Section 115 of the Clean Air Act, 28 GEO. ENVTL. L. REV. 359 (2016) (with Michael Burger, Ann Carlson, Michael Gerrard, Jason Schwartz, and Keith Benes) (SSRN)

Reports and Policy Briefs

Look Before You Lease (Jan. 2020)

Pipeline Approvals and Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Apr. 2019)

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

Coal Royalties: Historical Uses and Justifications, Institute for Policy Integrity, NYU School of Law (Sept. 2016) (with Caroline Cecot)

Priorities for Federal Coal Reform: Twelve Policy and Procedural Goals for the Programmatic Review, Institute for Policy Integrity, NYU School of Law (June 2016)

Self-Bonding in an Era of Coal Bankruptcy: Recommendations for Reform, Institute for Policy Integrity, NYU School of Law (Aug. 2016) (co-author)

Illuminating the Hidden Costs of Coal: How the Interior Department Can Use Economic Tools to Modernize the Federal Coal Program, Institute for Policy Integrity, NYU School of Law (Dec. 2015) (with Peter Howard)

Illuminating the Hidden Costs of Coal (Summary for Policymakers) (Dec. 2015)

Reconsidering Coal’s Fair Market Value: The Social Costs of Coal Production and the Need for Fiscal Reform, NYU School of Law (Oct. 2015) (with Peter Howard)

Harmonizing Preservation and Production: How Modernizing the Department of the Interior’s Fiscal Terms for Oil, Gas, and Coal Leases Can Ensure a Fair Return to the American Public, Institute for Policy Integrity, NYU School of Law (June 2015)

Capturing Value: Science and Strategies to Curb Methane Emissions from the Oil and Natural Gas Sector (Dec. 2014)

Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing in California: A Wastewater and Water Quality Perspective, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, UC Berkeley School of Law (April 2013) (with Michael Kiparsky)


New See-No-Evil Trump Rule Undercuts Climate-Change Efforts, San Francisco Chronicle (Jan. 15, 2020)

Clutching to Fossil Fuels, and Losing, in the Era of Climate Change, The Hill (May 14, 2019)

Partisan Politics Over Wise Energy Policy, The Hill (November 17, 2018)

Pushing for the Public Interest, U.S. News and World Report (June 6, 2018)

The Keys to Our Coastal Kingdom, U.S. News & World Report (Jan. 10, 2018) (with Michael Livermore)

Trump Follows Through on Deregulation, But at What Cost?, The Hill (June 23, 2017) (with Bethany Davis Noll)

Taxpayers Get a Bad Deal With the Federal Coal Program. Let’s Fix It, The Hill (Jan. 18, 2017)

Interior Department Needs to Review Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program, The Hill (Apr. 28, 2016) (with Jessica Wilkins)

Recouping Coal’s Costs to Taxpayers, The Hill (Jan. 19, 2016) (with Peter Howard)

Arctic Offshore Leasing Put On Ice, The Hill (Oct. 23, 2015) (with Michael Livermore)

Reconsidering Coal’s Fair Market Value, The Hill (Oct. 9, 2015)

Oil Companies Are Drilling on Public Land for the Price of a Cup of Coffee, The Washington Post (June 16, 2015)

New EPA Methane Rules Are a Good Start, But Work Isn’t Done, The Hill (Jan. 26, 2015)

Curbing Fugitive Methane Costs Little, Buys Time on Climate Change, The Hill (Dec. 29, 2014)

In Cromnibus, A Penny Saved, But Sensible Policies Lost, The Hill (Dec. 22, 2014)

The Right Option For Offshore Leasing, The Hill (Sept. 29, 2014) (with Michael Livermore)

Trains and Crude Oil Are Too Often An Accident Waiting to Happen, The Los Angeles Times (May 19, 2014)

California Fracking Needs Close Oversight, San Francisco Chronicle (May 10, 2013) (with Michael Kiparsky)

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