Lisa Heinzerling Named Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Professor of Law

February 5, 2014 —

Georgetown University Law Center is pleased to announce that Lisa Heinzerling, currently the John Carroll Research Professor of Law, will be installed as the Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Professor of Law on February 19, 2014.

"Justice Brennan is my hero, and I am deeply honored to receive a chair given in his name,” said Heinzerling, who clerked for Justice Brennan when he was a member of the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Lisa's scholarship in environmental and administrative law, together with her recent time at the Environmental Protection Agency, exemplify the excellence and service of Justice Brennan,” said Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor. “She is an outstanding choice for this professorship.” 

Heinzerling joined Georgetown Law in 1993. She specializes in environmental and natural resources law, administrative law, the economics of regulation, and food and drug law. In 2008, she served as a member of President Barack Obama’s EPA transition team, and later served in his administration as senior climate policy counsel to the Administrator of the EPA, and as associate administrator of the EPA’s Office of Policy. While at Georgetown, Heinzerling has continued to litigate cases in environmental law. Most prominently, she was lead author of the winning briefs in Massachusetts v. EPA, in which the Supreme Court held that the Clean Air Act gives EPA the authority to regulate greenhouse gases.  She has published several books, including the widely cited critique of the use of cost-benefit analysis in environmental policy, Priceless: On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing, a cutting-edge casebook aimed at introducing first-year law students to the regulatory and administrative state, and a leading casebook on environmental law. 

A founding member of Georgetown Law’s Board of Visitors, Justice Brennan served as a visiting faculty member at the Law Center following his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court in 1990. The professorship, made possible by an anonymous gift from a Georgetown Law alumnus, was established in 2010 to honor the life and legacy of Justice Brennan at an institution that embraced him and benefited from his passion for justice. 

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