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Harrison Institute for Public Law

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Tel: (202) 662-9603

Robert Stumberg
Director and Professor of Law, 202-662-9603,
BA, with honors, Macalester College; JD, Georgetown University; LLM Georgetown University.

Stumberg head shotRobert Stumberg is a professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he is also the director of the Harrison Institute for Public Law.  His past positions include policy director at the Center for Policy Alternatives and legislative counsel for Montgomery County, MD.  He has 40 years of experience in policy topics that include international trade and investment, climate adaptation, community food systems, economic development, and housing policy.  His recent publications include Turning a Blind Eye? Respecting Human Rights in Government Purchasing (International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, 2015), Safeguards for Tobacco Control, 39 Am. J. Law &Med. 382 (2013); and The WTO, Services and the Environment, in Handbook on Trade and the Environment (2008).

Matthew Porterfield
Deputy Director and Adjunct Professor, 202-662-9608,
BA, University of Vermont; JD, Magna Cum Laude, Vermont Law School; LLM, Georgetown University

Matt PorterfieldMatt Porterfield is deputy director and adjunct professor at the Harrison Institute for Public Law, Georgetown University Law Center.  Matt works on various aspects of international economic law, with a particular focus on the relationship between international trade and investment rules and environmental policy.  His publications include Exhaustion of Local Remedies in Investor-State Dispute Settlement: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?, Yale Journal of International Law Online (2015); State Practice and the (Purported) Customary International Law Prohibition on Uncompensated Regulatory Expropriation, North Carolina Journal of International Law &Commercial Regulation(2011); U.S. Farm Subsidies and the Expiration of the WTO's Peace Clause, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Economic Law (2007); An International Common Law of Investor Rights?, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Economic Law (2006);and International Expropriation Rules and Federalism, Stanford Journal of Environmental Law (January 2004).

Sara Pollock Hoverter
Staff Attorney (health & climate) and Adjunct Professor, 202-662-4233,
BA, Yale University; JD, Cum Laude, Georgetown University; LLM, Advocacy, Georgetown University.

Sara HoverterSara Hoverter is a staff attorney and adjunct professor at the Harrison Institute for Public Law, Georgetown University Law Center.  Her area of concentration is health policy, including climate change and public health, Medicaid, state and federal health reform, improving school nutrition, and the use of community health workers to reach vulnerable populations.  Past positions include:law clerk at the National Partnership for Women and Families, research assistant for the Center for Law and the Public's Health, and program associate at the DC Appleseed Center.Recent publications include Human Health Impacts of Climate Change: Implications for the Practice and Law of Public Health, J. Law, Med. & Ethics, with Jill Krueger and Paul Biedrzycki (2015), Adapting to Urban Heat: A Tool Kit for Local Governments (2012), Compendium of Federal Programs with Potential for Use in Urban Heat Adaptation (Georgetown Climate Center, 2013), and guest editor, Legal Solutions in Health Reform, J. Law, Med. &Ethics, Symposium issue (Fall 2009).

Jennifer Li
Fellow (climate), 202-662-4023,
BA, New York University; JD, Fordham Law School

Jennifer LiJennifer Li is a fellow at the Harrison Institute for Public Law, Georgetown University Law Center.  She supervises law students and works on policy for adapting to climate change on behalf of the Georgetown Climate Center and its network of state and local governments. Before coming to Georgetown, Jennifer was a law fellow for the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation in North Carolina, where she developed policy at the intersection of water, energy, food and climate.  Before that, she was a Fulbright Fellow in India, where she worked on environmental governance and developed a human rights course at the Jindal Global Law School.  She has presented her Fulbright paper, Paris to Delhi: Barriers to Climate Adaptation in India, and co-authored a report of the NYC Bar Association, Climate Adaptation in Developing Countries: Planning and Financing for Cities, Farms and Internally Displaced Persons.  Jennifer has traveled and worked in China and is fluent in Mandarin.

James T. DeWeese  

Recent past fellow (climate),
BA, Magna Cum Laude, University of Pittsburgh; JD, Cum Laude, Duke University School of Law

Jamie DeWeese is the recent past fellow at the Harrison Institute for Public Law, Georgetown University Law Center.  He supervised law students and worked on policy for adapting to climate change on behalf of the Georgetown Climate Center and its network of state and local governments.  His previous positions include: associate attorney at Langrock Sperry &Wool, LLP (Burlington, VT); Law Clerk to the Hon. Chief Justice Paul Reiber, Vermont Supreme Court; Assistant News Editor at Dow Jones Newswires; Reporter at The Press of Atlantic City; Reporter and Photographer at the TimesLedger Newspapers of New York;Translator/Coordinator for Conde Nast Spain's Spanorama; and Editor-in-Chief at The Nutshell/Vaughan Review (Madrid).

Eugenia Alvarez
Business Manager, 202-662-4232,

Eugenia Alvarez is the business manager at the Harrison Institute for Public Law. She manages financial accounts, payroll, billing, event planning, and contributes to program development.  

Jessica Grannis
Adjunct Professor, 202-661-6594,
BA, University of Chicago; JD, Cum Laude, University of California Hastings; LLM, Georgetown University.

Jessica Grannis 2Jessica Grannis is the adaptation program manager at the Georgetown Climate Center and adjunct professor at Georgetown Law.  Her immediate prior positions included staff attorney and fellow at the Harrison Institute.  Before coming to Georgetown, she was staff counsel for two California state agencies, the State Coastal Conservancy and the Ocean Protection Council.  Prior to her work in state government, she worked as an associate for a civil litigation firm focusing on real property disputes.Recent publications include: Coastal Retreat Measures, in The Law Of Adaptation To Climate Change: U.S. And International Aspects (2012) (with Prof. J. Peter Byrne);Coastal Management in the Face of Rising Seas: Legal Strategies for Connecticut, Sea Grant Law and Policy J. (2012); and contributing author to the Technical Input to the 2013 National Climate Assessment on Coastal Impacts, Adaptations, and Vulnerabilities, which was used to draft the 2014 National Climate Assessment.

Jason Newman
Adjunct Professor,
BA, Boston University; JD Georgetown University

Jason NewmanJason I. Newman founded the Harrison Institute, and after he retired, continues to serve as adjunct professor. Creating one of the first law school community clinics, Professor Newman has more than 36 years of experience in community revitalization and citizen education. Before coming to Georgetown in 1971, he served as Counsel to the D.C. City Council and the Montgomery County Council, as well as Special Counsel in the Office of Economic Opportunity. He also was a member of the congressionally appointed commission that established Home Rule for the District of Columbia in 1973.  He is also the founder of an international citizen education project, Street Law Inc.  Started at Georgetown University Law Center, Street Law is now the leader in law-related education worldwide.  The program integrates communities, courts, high schools, and prisons to educate citizens on the law and their rights. The program currently operates in 47 states and many other countries.  Since retiring from Georgetown, Professor Newman has served as Executive Director of the Cayman Brac University Medical School.

Deborah Sy
Adjunct Professor,
BS (cum laude), University of the Philippines; LLB (with honors), University of the Philippines; LLM (with honors), Global Health Law, Certificate in WTO Studies, Georgetown University

Debby SyDeborah Sy is a legal advisor and research collaborator for Harrison Institute projects on how trade and investment agreements affect tobacco control.  In Manila, she is director of HealthJustice, a nonprofit organization that provides legal advice to public officials on public health, food and drug regulation, intellectual property, taxation, trade, transparency, governance, enforcement, and women & children’s rights.  She is also legal advisor to Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA)’s project to develop tools for public health lawyers in the region.  She had served as legal expert on tobacco control for the World Health Organization (WHO), authored various toolkits and policy papers on public health policy including the book, Taxing Health Risks, and worked with the University of the Philippines to develop and lecture MCLE courses.

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