Clinic Faculty & Staff
Hope Babcock, Co-Director and Professor of Law, directs IPR’s Environmental section. She joined IPR in the fall of 1991 after being General Counsel of the National Audubon Society for five years. Professor Babcock graduated from Yale Law School in 1966. She was in private practice with LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae, in their Washington, D.C. Office, and a partner at Blum & Nash, also in Washington. Before becoming Audubon’s General Counsel in 1986, Professor Babcock was Deputy Counsel and Director of the Audubon Society’s Public Lands and Waters Program. She served two years in the Carter Administration as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy and Minerals at the Department of Interior, and on the Clinton-Gore Transition Team. In addition to her extensive litigation and government relations experience, Professor Babcock has taught environmental law at Pennsylvania, Yale, Pace, Catholic, and Antioch law schools, and has published articles on environmental and natural resources law, environmental justice, Indian sovereignty, and state sovereign immunity. She also teaches courses in environmental and natural resources law at the Law Center. She has served on the boards of several public interest environmental organizations and has been on various governmental advisory committees. Her outside interests include running, tennis, swimming, and the outdoors. She has two sons, one of whom practices labor law in Washington, D.C., and three grandchildren. Professor Babcock lives with a significant other who is a semi-retired environmental policy analyst and economist , two boundlessly energetic large dogs, and an elderly cat.
Benjamin Barczewski, grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate degree in political science and philosophy from Columbia University in 2012 and his law degree from New York University School of Law in 2015. While in law school Ben served as a managing editor of the NYU Environmental Law Journal. He also participated in NYU’s Environmental Law Clinic, assisting attorneys at the Natural Resources Defense Council. After law school Ben clerked for two years, first for the Honorable Pamela Scott Washington on the Alaska Superior Court and the Honorable John Suddock on the Alaska Court of Appeals, and then for the Honorable Robert C. Chambers, Chief United States District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia. Ben spent the last two years as a staff attorney at Appalachian Mountain Advocates, a non-profit environmental litigation organization in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ben enjoys bike racing, skiing, and reading near a warm fire.
David Schwartz, grew up in sunny Redondo Beach, California. He received his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Michigan in 2012 (Go Blue!) and received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 2015. He is admitted to practice law in NY and DC. Before joining Professor Babcock’s Environmental Law and Justice Clinic, David worked as a Fellow with the PETA Foundation here in Washington, DC where he litigated state public records & FOIA cases, oversaw advocacy campaigns against ramshackle roadside zoos exploiting big cats, and worked to expose and end the USDA’s efforts to shield Animal Welfare Act violators from public scrutiny. Prior to moving to DC in 2017, David spent two years working with the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, where he focused on Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Environmental Justice issues stemming from North Carolina’s hog and poultry CAFO industries. David is passionate about climate change, sustainable agriculture, and wildlife conservation. When not obsessing over minute details of administrative law, David enjoys running with his rescued pit mix, Cooper, biking on DC’s abundant trails, playing guitar and harmonica, and planning his next camping trip.
Niko Perazich is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the clinic. Prior to Georgetown Niko worked at various DC-area law firms as a paralegal. Niko is a graduate of Middlebury College and is married with two young children.