July 07, 2008

Leading authority on use of science in environmental law joins Case Western Reserve


Further bolstering Case Western Reserve University's interdisciplinary expertise in energy, sustainability and the environment, a leading authority on the use of science by environmental policymakers and a prominent voice on toxic regulation issues is joining the faculty of the university's School of Law.

Wendy E. Wagner has returned to the Case Western Reserve law school, where she began her teaching career and first established herself as a nationally prominent scholar. Before entering academia, she practiced for four years, first as an honors attorney in the Enforcement Division of the Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division, and then as pollution control coordinator with the Department of Agriculture's Office of the General Counsel.

The Joe A. Worsham Centennial Professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Wagner began her position with Case Western Reserve's environmental law program on July 1. She has a dual appointment with both schools.

In addition to her teaching and research, Wagner currently serves on the National Research Council's Committee on Reducing Stormwater Discharge Contributions to Water Pollution and is a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform.

She is co-author of "Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research" with Thomas O. McGarity (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008).

In addition, Wagner's articles, "The Science Charade in Toxic Risk Regulation" (Columbia Law Review, 1995) and "Equal Treatment for Regulatory Science" (co-authored with David Michaels in American Journal of Law and Medicine, 2004) were chosen as some of the best environmental law articles of their respective years.

Previously a visiting professor at Columbia and Vanderbilt law schools, Wagner received her master's degree in environmental studies and law degree from Yale University.

For more information contact Jason Tirotta, 216.368.6890.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, July 7, 2008 08:50 AM | News Topics: Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, Research, news

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