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Center Director

Victor Flatt

Victor Flatt
Thomas F. and Elizabeth Taft Distinguished Professor in Environmental Law

Office: 919.962.4118

Victor B. Flatt is the Tom & Elizabeth Taft Distinguished Professor in Environmental Law, and the Director of the Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation, and Resources. He also has an appointment as a Distinguished Scholar in Carbon Markets and Carbon Trading at the Global Energy Management Institute at the University of Houston's Bauer College of Business, and is a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform. Flatt teaches courses in environmental law, natural resources, interagency environmental cooperation, international environmental law, climate change, and the practice of carbon trading. In the summer, he regularly co-teaches the Alaska Natives and Environmental Law course in Anchorage, Alaska, which focuses on the intersection of Alaska Native Law, Resource Extraction Law, the Endangered Species Act, and Environmental Law. More ...

Affiliated Faculty

Don Hornstein

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

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

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 ...

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