William W. Buzbee
Professor of Law
B.A., Amherst College; J.D., Columbia
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William W. Buzbee is a professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. He joined Georgetown from Emory Law School, where he was a professor...Continue Reading
William W. Buzbee is a professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. He joined Georgetown from Emory Law School, where he was a professor of law, directed Emory’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, founded and oversaw its Turner Environmental Law Clinic, and co-directed Emory’s Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance. He has been a visiting professor of law at Columbia, Cornell and Illinois law schools, as well as a visitor at Georgetown in 2012, and has served as a professor for the Leiden-Amsterdam-Columbia Law School Summer Program in American Law. Professor Buzbee also is a founding Member Scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, a Washington D.C.-based regulatory think tank. Professor Buzbee was awarded the 2007-2008 Emory Williams Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. He teaches environmental law, administrative law, legislation and regulation, and seminars on environmental, regulatory, and constitutional law subjects. His most recent seminar explores “The Art of Regulatory War.”
Professor Buzbee's scholarship focuses on environmental law, administrative law, regulatory federalism, and other public law topics. His books include the recently published Fighting Westway: Environmental Law, Citizen Activism, and the Regulatory War that Transformed New York City (Cornell University Press 2014) and Preemption Choice: The Theory, Law and Reality of Federalism’s Core Question (Cambridge University Press, hardcover 2009, paperback 2011) (William W. Buzbee editor and contributor). He has been a co-author of the 5th , 6th , and forthcoming 7th editions of Environmental Protection: Law and Policy (Aspen/Wolters Kluwer). Law review scholarship includes publications in New York University Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law Review (co-authored), Cornell Law Review (co-authored), George Washington Law Review, Iowa Law Review, The Journal of Law and Politics and in an array of other journals, books, news outlets, and blogs. Three of his articles have been named among the 10 best environmental or land use law articles of that year and republished in the Land Use and Environment Law Review. He regularly assists with appellate and Supreme Court environmental, federalism, and regulatory litigation, and also has testified before congressional committees on environmental and regulatory matters. Professor Buzbee clerked for United States Judge Jose A. Cabranes, and before becoming a professor was an attorney-fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and did environmental, land use and litigation work for the New York City law firm, Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler. JD, Columbia Law School, 1986; BA, Amherst College, magna cum laude, 1983.