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Assistant Dean, Environmental Law Studies
George Washington University

Date Posted Feb. 17, 2022
Title Assistant Dean, Environmental Law Studies
University George Washington University
Foggy Bottom, D.C., United States
Department GW Law School (LAW)
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available Immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Environmental/Natural Resource Law

Established in 1865, the George Washington University Law School is the oldest law school in the nation’s capital and one of the most prestigious law schools in the country. The Law School is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. GW Law is situated in the tree-laden downtown Washington, DC neighborhood familiarly known as Foggy Bottom. 

GW Law’s Environmental and Energy and Law Program (E&EL Program) oversees and coordinates the Law School’s extensive and diverse environmental and energy law course offerings and activities for the benefit of our J.D., LL.M., S.J.D., and M.S.L. students. The E&EL Program supports the teaching and scholarly efforts of permanent and adjunct faculty members who teach environmental and energy law courses. The Program’s combined faculty teach approximately 30 environmental and energy law courses each academic year, ranging from foundational courses such as Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Energy Law and Regulation, and Natural Resources Law to a wide array of advanced courses and seminars on specialized topics in U.S. and international environmental and energy law. Given the extensive menu from which GW Law students can choose, the E&EL Program staff provide initial and ongoing advice on individualized courses of study to students pursuing J.D., LL.M., and M.S.L. degrees in environmental and energy law each year. Many of our J.D. and LL.M. students come to GW from across the world. From time to time, the Program accepts S.J.D. students of exceptional promise.  The Program enjoys a long-time partnership with the Environmental Law Institute in D.C., and with ELI and other partners we offer a broad range of conferences, lectures, and scholarship on environmental and energy law topics. Professors Robert Glicksman, Richard Pierce, Emily Hammond (currently on leave in the Biden Administration) and other faculty members have published extensive scholarship; Professors Glicksman and Pierce were recently cited in a list of the top 30 public interest law scholars nationwide.  The E&EL Program sponsors and supports a student-managed law review, The George Washington University Journal of Energy and Environmental Law (JEEL), and a large student group, the Environmental and Energy Law Association (EELA). We also enjoy membership in Sustainable GW, a consortium of faculty and administrators from across the University, including the Elliott School of International Affairs, the Milken Institute School of Public Health, the School of Business and Finance, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The interactions among the members provide many opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and partnership. 

The Assistant Dean of the Environmental Law Program will direct our academic program and will report directly to the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. Daily work includes answering program questions from faculty, staff, current students, and prospective students. The Assistant Dean, with the assistance of the Senior Advisor for Energy Law and the E&EL Fellow, will also be responsible for collaborative community outreach and relationship building, academic advising, managing web presence and marketing efforts, and creating program materials. The Assistant Dean reviews and manages course evaluations, develops and executes new programming, plans and conducts events, manages the program budget, assists with fellowship and grant opportunities, prepares and analyzes reports as needed, and performs similar administrative duties. The person in this position monitors and adjusts the program’s policies and procedures as needed and collaborates with other program directors and staff in updating the Law School Bulletin. The Assistant Dean is also encouraged to pursue research and scholarship in their areas of scholarly interest. Typically, the Assistant Dean is allocated funding for student research assistants to the same extent as faculty. Research Assistants can aid with this work as well as other aspects of E&EL Program work.

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Coordinates management and execution of the E&EL Program under the oversight of the Dean and the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and in collaboration with the Program faculty and Senior Advisor for Energy Law Programs.  Duties include academic advising, creation of program materials, planning and executing events, community outreach, marketing, student recruitment, and other relationship building activities with students, faculty, alumni, and supporters of the E&EL Program.

  • Helps to build, maintain, and support new initiatives, such as our planned new Environmental Justice clinic.

  • Works with the Law School Dean’s office, Executive Director of Development, E&EL faculty, and alumni to enhance fund-raising, which could include the creation of an Environmental Law Advisory  Council (parallel to the existing Energy Law Advisory Council) or foundation grants.

  • Creates opportunities to promote and showcase the scholarly work and public outreach of the Environmental and Energy Law faculty.

  • Coordinates and supports conferences, symposia, and other scholarly, professional, and public-facing projects and events initiated by the Associate Dean, individual Environmental and Energy Law Program faculty members, and related centers, initiatives, and programs as well as student groups focused on environmental and energy law.

  • Supports faculty and student research and scholarship on relevant topics, including supervision of LL.M. theses and serving as Advisor for the editor-in-chief of the student-edited Journal of Energy and Environmental Law.

  • Coordinates the E&EL Program’s participation in GW Law’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives (including the faculty’s Anti-Racism Resolution).

  • Responsible for publicizing the work of Environmental and Energy Law faculty and students by developing programmatic communication materials in conjunction with the Law School and University administration, including the Dean and the Communications Office, as well as providing input to Law School publications on related program topics/issues; oversees the program’s social media outreach.

  • In conjunction with the Jacob Burns Law Library, develops and administers special educational and research programs in the field of environmental and energy law.

  • Attends bar, organizational, and public meetings to obtain exposure and recognition for the program and receive feedback on issues and matters that will help ensure success of the program.

  • Consults with the faculty members and staff of the Environmental and Energy Law Program.

Development Involvement

  • Works with the Dean’s office, E&EL faculty, and the Law School’s Executive Director of Development in cultivating gifts to support the Environmental and Energy Law Program. Consults with the Energy Law Advisory Council and alumni for feedback on strategic initiatives for the program; assists in the creation of an Environmental Law Advisory Council or other sources of sustainable funding.

  • Interacts with E&EL Program faculty members and the Law Alumni Office in organizing alumni programs, lectures, colloquia series, and similar events related to the Environmental and Energy Law Program.

  • Cultivates and implements efforts designed to enhance non-J.D. tuition revenue sources, including CLE and Executive Education, content for existing and potential new LL.M. and M.S.L. degrees, and other strategic revenue opportunities consistent with the short- and long-term financial plan of the Law School.

Student-Related Duties

  • Collaborates with the E&EL Program faculty, the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and the entire academic team in developing program curricula and course content for LL.M., J.D., and M.S.L. students; works collaboratively on program-related activities that enhance the reputation of the Law School.

  • Develops a recruitment plan and works with graduate legal program staff to substantially increase LL.M. and M.S.L. enrollments in Environmental and Energy Law.

  • Collaborates in the management and supervision of student research and writing undertaken towards the completion of an LL.M. degree in the four specialized areas offered by the E&EL Program, including theses, relevant journal notes and research papers; works directly with students to complete written projects and to facilitate publication; advises students affiliated with the E&EL Program on academic matters and monitors student progress toward completion of degree requirements.

  • Assists students in identifying and competing for employment opportunities and collaborates with the Career Center, Field Placement Office, and other internal offices on the establishment of a program of internships/externships in environmental and energy law; maintains cordial connections with placement supervisors.

  • Works with the Student Bar Association, the members of the E&EL Program faculty, and other relevant offices and student groups on environmental and energy law-related events, competitions and awards.

  • Serves as liaison and principal contact for students, prospective students, visiting scholars, and other visitors regarding the program.

  • Oversees the recruitment, hiring and supervision of a Fellow to support the work of the program. 

Performs additional related duties as assigned by the Dean or the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in consultation with faculty of the E&EL Program. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the Dean or the Senior Associate Dean from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications: Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 7 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 5 years of relevant professional experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

J.D. degree strongly preferred.  Significant experience in legal education and/or law practice in environmental and energy law, as well as extensive knowledge and understanding of the various disciplines within these fields and familiarity with the work of lawyers in those fields.  A personal profile that includes significant demonstrated achievements and strong visibility in the private, academic, nonprofit, and/or government sectors in the fields of environmental and energy law.
Familiarity with major federal and state regulatory agencies and other national/international governmental or non-profit agencies and professional legal organizations involved in environmental and energy law. Previous experience in program administration, fundraising, public service and/or public relations. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.  Ability to supervise subordinates constructively and effectively.  Ability to work and partner with members of the E&EL Program faculty on joint programming efforts and the promotion of scholarship and public outreach by faculty and students.  Demonstrated administrative and management experience and capabilities.

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  • The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law

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    George Washington University
    Foggy Bottom, D.C. 20052
  • 202-994-0898


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