Environmental Expert Victor Flatt to Join Faculty

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Visiting professor Victor Flatt will join the UNC School of Law faculty in July 2009. Flatt will become the inaugural Tom and Elizabeth Taft Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law.

He is currently the A.L. O'Quinn Chair in Environmental Law at the University of Houston, where he is also director of the Center for Environment, Energy, and Natural R esources.

"Victor Flatt is one of America's leading authorities on environmental law," said Dean Jack Boger '74. "We're thrilled to have him join us."

Flatt said in a recent statement that he is looking forward to collaborating with the other environmental law experts at UNC. "I'm committed not only to research and policy issues, but also to educating the law students in a complex area of law and policy," wrote Flatt.

Prior to his position at the University of Houston, Flatt was on faculty and was head of the environmental law program at Georgia State University School of Law. He has also been a visiting professor of law at the University of Georgia, University of Washington and Seattle University. He has published numerous articles in environmental law, with particular attention to environmental administration. Four of his articles have been recognized as winners or finalists in the annual best of environmental and land use law compendium published annually by the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law.

Flatt has been an advisor to several environmental organizations. He is a former member of the National Board of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, is an officer in the legal education section of the AALS, and has served on the Test, Development and Research Committee, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered sub-committee of the Law School Admissions Council. He represented Senators Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Barbara Boxer, among others, in their challenge to new EPA Clean Air Act rules.

Flatt earned his B.A., magna cum laude, in chemistry and mathematics at Vanderbilt University in 1985, where he was a Harold Stirling Vandrerbilt Scholar, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and the analytical laboratory coordinator for the Student Environmental Health Project. He graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in 1988, where he was a John Henry Wigmore Scholar and Order of the Coif. After law school, Flatt clerked for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and worked in private practice in complex environmental law in Seattle, Washington.

-November 5, 2008

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