Daniel C. Esty, M.A., J.D.
Founder, Environmental Law Clinic
Director, Center for Environmental Law and Policy
Director, Center for Business & Environment at Yale
Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy,
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Yale Law School
Professor Esty founded the Yale Environmental Law Clinic. He is the author or editor of nine books and numerous articles on environmental policy issues and the relationships between environment and corporate strategy, competitiveness, trade, globalization, governance, and development. His most recent book, Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value and Build Competitive Advantage, argues that pollution control and natural resource management have become critical elements of marketplace success and explains how leading-edge companies have folded environmental thinking into their core business strategies.
Prior to taking up his current position at Yale, Professor Esty was a Senior Fellow at the Institute for International Economics (1993-94), served in a variety of senior positions in the US Environmental Protection Agency (1989-93), and practiced law in Washington, DC (1986-89). Professor Esty spent the 2000-01 academic year as a Visiting Professor at INSEAD, the European business school in Fontainebleau, France.
Green to Gold has won numerous awards including Soundview Executive Book Summary "Best Business Book of 2007," ForeWord Magazine "Book of the Year" and Academy of Management 2007 Terry Book Award finalist. In 2002, Professor Esty received the American Bar Association Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy for “pioneering a data-driven approach to environmental decision making” and developing the global Environmental Sustainability Index.
Professor Esty has advised companies across the world on energy, environment, and sustainability issues and serves as the Chairman of Esty Environmental Partners (www.EstyEP.com), a corporate environmental strategy group with offices in Boston and Washington as well as New Haven. He sits on the Board of Directors of Washington DC based Resources for the Future and the Connecticut Fund for the Environment. He served four years as an elected Planning and Zoning Commissioner in his hometown of Cheshire, Connecticut.
Katherine Kennedy, J.D., A.B.
Director, Environmental Protection Clinic
Clinical Visiting Lecturer in Law
Kit Kennedy is a Clinical Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She is Counsel to the Air & Energy Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, with special expertise in energy efficiency, clean energy, global warming, and air and water pollution. From 2007 to 2010, Kit served as Special Deputy Attorney General for Environmental Protection in the Office of the New York State Attorney General, where she was responsible for the management, supervision, and direction of the New York State Attorney General’s Office Environmental Protection Bureau. She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law. Ms. Kennedy received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986 and her A.B. from Harvard University in 1982.
Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, non-profit organization of scientists, lawyers, and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has more than 1.3 million members and activists nationwide.
Douglas Kysar, B.A., J.D.
Professor of Law, Environmental Protection Clinic
Deputy Dean and Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law
Douglas Kysar is Deputy Dean and Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His teaching and research areas include torts, environmental law, and risk regulation. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Indiana University in 1995 and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1998 where he served on the student board of advisors. He has published articles on a wide array of environmental law and tort law topics, and is co-author of a leading casebook, The Torts Process, with James A. Henderson, Jr., Richard N. Pearson & John A. Siliciano. His recent book, Regulating from Nowhere: Environmental Law and the Search for Objectivity (YUP 2010), seeks to reinvigorate environmental law and policy by offering novel theoretical insights on cost-benefit analysis, the precautionary principle, and sustainable development.
Josh Galperin, B.A., J.D., M.E.M.
Associate Director, Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy
Lecturer in Law, Environmental Protection Clinic
Josh Galperin is the Associate Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy. Prior to joining the Center Josh was a Policy Analyst and Research Attorney at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy in Knoxville, Tennessee where he was also adjunct faculty of social studies at Maryville College. Josh has also worked as a legislative attorney for the Vermont General Assembly. He studied law at Vermont Law School where he graduated magna cum laude and was a member of the Vermont Law Review's senior editorial board. He earned a master's degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in wildlife conservation from the University of Delaware.
Marge Camera, R.N., A.A.S.
Senior Administrative Assistant, Yale Law School
Marge has been at Yale for 22 years and has been Dan Esty’s assistant for 15 of those years. She is also Kit Kennedy’s assistant and therefore coordinates some of the administrative aspects of the Environmental Law Clinic. Marge handles financial matters, reimbursements and travel arrangements. A native New Yorker (Brooklyn) and former Registered Nurse, Marge decided to switch careers and enjoys the work that she is now doing. She loves to spend free time with her three grandchildren but also enjoys old movies, Jeopardy, Broadway, the New York Football Giants and the New York Mets.
Hayley Jade Fink, A.B., Joint J.D./M.E.M. Candidate
Teaching Fellow, Environmental Protection Clinic
Hayley Jade Fink is a fourth-year joint Yale Law and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies student. Hayley graduated from Harvard College in 2008, concentrating in Earth and Planetary Sciences. At Yale Law School, Hayley has served on the board of the Yale Environmental Law Association, was a Managing Editor for the Yale Journal on Regulation, externed at the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Haven, and is the Teaching Fellow for the Yale Environmental Protection Clinic. At the Forestry School, Hayley was a Teaching Fellow for “Private Investment and the Environment,” was co-leader of the Climate Change Student Interest Group, and is a Research Assistant for the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale, focusing on removing local government barriers to solar energy. During her summers, Hayley has interned at U.S. EPA, Region 1 in Boston; the Northeast Office of Earthjustice in New York City; and Van Ness Feldman LLP in Washington, DC.