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Center Director 

Jonas Monast

Jonas J. Monast
C. Boyden Gray Distinguished Fellow, Assistant Professor
Office: 919.843.7815

Jonas Monast is the inaugural C. Boyden Gray Distinguished Fellow at Carolina Law and directs the Center on Climate, Energy, Environment & Economics (CE3). Monast’s work focuses on the interaction of federal and state energy policies, aligning energy and environmental policy goals, and regulatory options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Prior to joining the Carolina Law faculty, he directed the Climate and Energy Program at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and taught courses on energy and environmental issues at Duke University’s School of Law and Nicholas School of the Environment. Monast has also worked as an attorney in the Corporate Social Responsibility Practice at Foley Hoag LLP, as a congressional fellow for the late Senator Paul Wellstone, and as legislative counsel for the Center for Responsible Lending. Monast earned his law degree from Georgetown University and his B.A. from Appalachian State University. More ...

Affiliated Faculty

David Ardia
Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Media Law and Policy
Office: 919.962.8955

David Ardia is an assistant professor of law at the UNC School of Law and a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. He also holds a secondary appointment as an assistant professor at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication and is the faculty co-director of the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy. Before joining the UNC faculty, he founded and directed the Berkman Center’s Digital Media Law Project. Prior to going to Harvard, Professor Ardia was assistant counsel at The Washington Post, where he provided pre-publication review and legal advice on First Amendment, newsgathering, privacy, intellectual property, and general business issues. More ...

Don Hornstein
Aubrey L. Brooks Professor of Law

Office: 919.962.4133

From 1982 to 1983, Hornstein clerked for Judge Abner Mikva of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In 1983, he began work as an appellate attorney (Honors Program) in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where he concentrated on environmental litigation and on litigation defending Native American fishing rights in the Pacific Northwest. Between 1985 and 1986, he was an associate with Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., concentrating on environmental and products liability matters. While with Arnold & Porter, Hornstein represented, pro bono, a consortium of environmental and animal welfare organizations in litigation in the United States Supreme Court involving Japanese whaling in the Antarctic and northwest Pacific oceans. He joined the faculty as a visiting associate professor of law in 1987 and was appointed an associate professor in 1989, a full professor in 1993, and associate dean of faculty in 1994. He won the Frederick B. McCall Award for Teaching Excellence in 1989. For the 1996-97 academic year, Hornstein was a visiting professor of law at the University of Asmara in Eritrea, Africa, under the auspices of the Fulbright Scholar program. More ...

Joe Kalo
Graham Kenan Professor of Law Emeritus

Office: 919.962.8518

When he first joined the faculty, Professor Kalo's focus was civil litigation, but his teaching and research interests shifted to environmental issues associated with coastal and ocean resources development. In addition to numerous articles on topics related to ocean and coastal resource issues, he has co-authored a coastal and ocean law casebook, which is in its fifth edition, and is teaching an environmental ocean and coastal law course as well as a first-year course in property and an upper class seminar in Advanced Property. He has also taught international environmental law.

Professor Kalo is the co-director of the North Carolina Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center, a partnership of the law school, the North Carolina Sea Grant Program, and the UNC Department and City and Regional Planning. More ...

Maria Savasta-Kennedy
Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Externship Program

Office: 919.843.9805

Maria Savasta-Kennedy directs the Externship program and teaches Environmental Law, Environmental Law Practice and Policy, and Pretrial Litigation at the law school. She began her teaching career at NYU School of Law's Lawyering Program. Before teaching, Professor Savasta-Kennedy litigated federal and state environmental, civil rights and commercial cases. She represented grass roots organizations in complex environmental cases at both the trial and appellate level while an associate attorney with Earth Justice.

Professor Savasta-Kennedy has taught CLE programs on environmental law and practical skills. Her research interests include social and environmental justice, and exploring regulatory and market responses to pollution control and climate change. She serves as a faculty adviser for the Environmental Law Project, the Carbon Reduction Working Group, the Low Income Weatherization Project, and the International Environmental Moot Court Team. More ...

Judith Welch Wegner
Burton Craige Professor of Law

Office: 919.962.4113

Professor Wegner is a long-time member of the Carolina Law faculty. Wegner served as dean of the School of Law from 1989 to 1999, after serving for eight years as a member of the faculty and for two years as associate dean. She recently completed a research leave as Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and has been principal investigator on the Foundation's major study on legal education, part of its "Program on Preparation for the Professions." Following graduation from law school, Wegner served as law clerk to United States District Judge Warren J. Ferguson (then of the Central District of California and later of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals). Wegner then was an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel and an appellate attorney in the Lands and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice. More ...

Gavin Smith
Executive Director, Coastal Hazards Center of Excellence
Office: 919.445.9395

Dr. Smith is the Executive Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Coastal Hazards Center of Excellence. Dr. Smith is currently engaged in planning-related research within the center, focused on a national evaluation of local and state hazard mitigation plans, the study of state recovery plans, and the development of sea level rise adaptation strategies. Dr. Smith has published numerous book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles, and technical reports addressing a range of topics including hazard mitigation, disaster recovery, and climate change adaptation. More ...

Pete Andrews
Professor of Public Policy
Office: 919.843.5100

Richard (“Pete”) Andrews is Professor of Environmental Policy in the Department of Public Policy, UNC College of Arts and Sciences; he also holds joint appointments in the Department of City and Regional Planning and in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, the Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology, and the Carolina Institute for the Environment. From 2004 to 2009 he held the first Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Professorship in Public Policy. Professor Andrews’ research and teaching are on environmental policy in the United States and worldwide, including a book on the history of U. S. environmental policy and research grants on environmental policy innovations in the United States, the Czech Republic, and Thailand. He also directed the National Database on Environmental Management Systems, a major research initiative developed with support from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency in cooperation with the Multi-State Working Group on Environmental Management Systems (MSWG). His current work is principally on state policy innovations for addressing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and global climate change. More ...

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