William W. Buzbee
Professor of Law
B.A., Amherst College; J.D., Columbia
William W. Buzbee is a professor of law, director of the Emory Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, and a director of Emory’s Center on...Continue Reading
William W. Buzbee is a professor of law, director of the Emory Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, and a director of Emory’s Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance. He has been a visiting professor of law at Columbia, Cornell and Illinois law schools, and has served as a professor for the Leiden-Amsterdam-Columbia Law School Summer Program in American Law. Professor Buzbee helped design and launch the Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory Law and chairs its advisory board. 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, with a sustained focus on regulatory federalism.
Professor Buzbee's scholarship focuses on environmental law, administrative law and other public law topics, with most of his recent publications focusing on regulatory federalism and design issues. His new book, “Fighting Westway: Citizens, the Environment, and the Art of Regulatory War,” is slated for publication during the summer of 2013 by Cornell University Press. He is also the editor and an author of several chapters in the Cambridge University Press book, Preemption Choice: The Theory, Law and Reality of Federalism’s Core Question (2009). Other recent scholarship includes "State Greenhouse Gas Regulation, Federal Climate Change Legislation, and the Preemption Sword", in 1 San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law 23 (2010) and “Asymmetrical Regulation: Risk, Preemption, and the Floor/Ceiling Distinction,” in 82 New York University Law Review 1547 (December 2007), Other publications have appeared in University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law Review (co-authored), Cornell Law Review (co-authored), Iowa Law Review, The Journal of Law and Politics and in an array of other journals and books. 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 is a co-author of Environmental Protection: Law and Policy (6th ed. Aspen/Wolters Kluwer 2011), with professors Glicksman, Markell, Mandelker and Tarlock. He regularly assists with appellate and Supreme Court environmental and regulatory litigation, and also has testified before congressional committees on environmental and regulatory matters. Prior to joining Emory’s faculty, Professor Buzbee clerked for United States Judge Jose A. Cabranes, 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.