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Ethan G. Shenkman


Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Yale; J.D., University of Virginia

Ethan G. Shenkman is a partner in the Environmental Practice Group at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer. Prior to joining APKS, he served as Deputy...

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Ethan G. Shenkman is a partner in the Environmental Practice Group at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer. Prior to joining APKS, he served as Deputy General Counsel at the US Environmental Protection Agency (appointed in May 2014). In that role, he oversaw the legal and regulatory work of the Office of General Counsel on a number of subjects, including Clean Air Act regulation, climate change, international environmental law, trade and the environment, environmental justice and civil rights, and programs for Native American Indian Tribes. From 2010 to 2014, he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, at the US Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), where he supervised a wide range of environmental and natural resources litigation, and was a recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Litigation and the John Marshall Award for Outstanding Achievement in Providing Legal Advice. He previously worked in ENRD from 1996 to 2004 in several other capacities, arguing numerous cases in the courts of appeals and serving in the law and policy section. Between stints at DOJ, he was a litigation partner at WilmerHale in Washington, DC.

Professor Shenkman received his BA in Philosophy from Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude) and his JD from the University of Virginia (Order of the Coif), where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and was a Hardy Cross Dillard Scholar. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Paul V. Niemeyer on the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and then served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General at DOJ.

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 "How Scott Pruitt's EPA can do its job," a CNN op-ed co-authored by Adjunct Professor Ethan Shenkman, appeared March 4.

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 "How Scott Pruitt's EPA can do its job," a CNN op-ed co-authored by Adjunct Professor Ethan Shenkman, appeared March 4.

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