Robert Stumberg, headshot

Robert Stumberg
Director and Professor of Law, 202-662-9603,
BA, with honors, Macalester College; JD, Georgetown University; LLM Georgetown University.

Robert Stumberg is a professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he is also the director of the Harrison Institute for Public Law.  His past positions include policy director at the Center for Policy Alternatives and legislative counsel for Montgomery County, MD.  He has 40 years of experience in policy topics that include human rights for workers, international trade and investment, climate adaptation, community food systems, economic development, and housing policy.  His recent publications include Supply chain transparency in public procurement: lessons from the apparel sector, in Public Procurement and Human Rights: Opportunities, risks and dilemmas for the state as buyer (Claire Methven O’Brien and Olga Martin-Ortega eds., Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2019); Turning a Blind Eye? Respecting Human Rights in Government Purchasing (International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, 2015); Safeguards for Tobacco Control, 39 Am. J. Law & Med. 382 (2013); and The WTO, Services and the Environment, in Handbook on Trade and the Environment (2008).

Matthew Porterfield, headshotMatthew Porterfield
Deputy Director and Adjunct Professor, 202-662-9608,
BA, University of Vermont; JD, Magna Cum Laude, Vermont Law School; LLM, Georgetown University

Matt Porterfield is deputy director and adjunct professor at the Harrison Institute for Public Law, Georgetown University Law Center.  Matt works on various aspects of international economic law, with a particular focus on the relationship between international trade and investment rules and environmental policy. His recent publications include Framework Proposal for a US Upstream Greenhouse Gas Tax with WTO-Compliant Border Adjustments, Resources for the Future (with Brian P. Flannery, Jennifer Hillman and Jan W. Mares, 2020); Reforming the International Investment Regime through a Framework Convention on Investment and Sustainable Development, Submission to UNCITRAL’s Working Group 3 on Investor-State Dispute Settlement (with Lise Johnson and Brooke Guven, 2020); Border Adjustments for Carbon Taxes, PPMs, and the WTO, 41 U. Penn. J. Int’l L. 1 (2019); Rethinking International Investment Governance: Principles for the 21st Century, (contributing author, 2018); Assessing the Climate Impacts of U.S. Trade Agreements, 7 MICH. J. ENVT’L & ADMIN. L. 51 (with Kevin P. Gallagher and Judith Claire Schachter, 2017); and Exhaustion of Local Remedies in Investor-State Dispute Settlement: An Idea Whose Time Has Come? 41 YALE J. INT’L L. ONLINE 1 (2015).

Sara Hoverter, headshotSara Pollock Hoverter
Staff Attorney (health & food) and Adjunct Professor, 202-662-4233,
BA, Yale University; JD, Cum Laude, Georgetown University; LLM, Advocacy, Georgetown University.

Sara Hoverter is a staff attorney and adjunct professor at the Harrison Institute for Public Law, Georgetown University Law Center. Her area of concentration is health policy, including climate change and public health, transforming food systems, Medicaid, oral health, state and federal health reform, and the use of community health workers to reach vulnerable populations. Past positions include: law clerk at the National Partnership for Women and Families, research assistant for the Center for Law and the Public’s Health, and program associate at the DC Appleseed Center. Recent publications include a chapter in Climate Change, Public Health, and the Law (2018), Human Health Impacts of Climate Change: Implications for the Practice and Law of Public Health, J. Law, Med. & Ethics, with Jill Krueger and Paul Biedrzycki (2015), Adapting to Urban Heat: A Tool Kit for Local Governments (2012), Compendium of Federal Programs with Potential for Use in Urban Heat Adaptation (Georgetown Climate Center, 2013), and guest editor, Legal Solutions in Health Reform, J. Law, Med. &Ethics, Symposium issue (Fall 2009).

Jennifer Li, headshotJennifer Li
Staff attorney (community equity & human rights), 202-662-4023,
BA, New York University; JD, Fordham Law School

Jennifer Li is a staff attorney and adjunct professor at the Harrison Institute for Public Law, Georgetown University Law Center, where she leads works on community equity (housing and climate adaptation) and human rights for workers in global supply chains. Before coming to Georgetown, Jennifer was a Fulbright scholar in India, where she researched climate policy and developed an international human rights course at Jindal Global Law School. She has also worked at the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, Human Rights in China (New York), the Human Rights Law Network (New Delhi), and the Innocence Project. Jennifer received her J.D. from Fordham Law School, and holds a B.A. in Politics and East Asian Studies from New York University.

Eugenia Alvarez
Business Manager, 202-662-4232,

Eugenia Alvarez is the business manager at the Harrison Institute for Public Law. She manages financial accounts, payroll, billing, event planning, and contributes to program development.


Jason Newman, headshotJason Newman
Adjunct Professor,
BA, Boston University; JD Georgetown University

Jason I. Newman founded the Harrison Institute, and after he retired, continues to serve as adjunct professor. Before coming to Georgetown in 1971, he served as Counsel to the D.C. City Council and the Montgomery County Council, as well as Special Counsel in the Office of Economic Opportunity. He also was a member of the congressionally appointed commission that established Home Rule for the District of Columbia in 1973. He is also the founder of an international citizen education project, Street Law Inc.  Street Law started at Georgetown and is now the leader in law-related education worldwide.  The program integrates communities, courts, high schools, and prisons to educate citizens on the law and their rights.