Professor Emily Hammond to Join Environmental Faculty

Professor Emily Hammond will join the GW Law faculty in the fall of 2014, bringing additional expertise in energy, environmental, and administrative law to the Environmental and Energy Law Program. A former civil engineer who practiced in the environmental field prior to attending law school, Professor Hammond's expertise is informed by technical realities and shaped by a systems approach to legal and policy issues. "I am excited to join such a dynamic law school community," says Professor Hammond. "The level of enthusiasm and engagement from students, faculty, and alumni alike is palpable and energizing. In addition, being a part of the Energy Initiative and reaching beyond the walls of the law school to the broader energy community holds special appeal."

Professor Hammond has taught tort, administrative, energy, environmental, oil and gas, and water law at Wake Forest University and the University of Oklahoma (where she also served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs). A dedicated and energetic classroom teacher, Professor Hammond takes her students' education seriously. "It is an honor to be entrusted with the future of our profession," she says. "I want every minute in the classroom to count. But a teacher's role is not limited to the classroom, and I treasure the many opportunities to engage with students in less formal ways."

Professor Hammond's research expertise compliments her teaching experience. Her scholarship explores the dynamics among energy, environmental,and administrative law. Her current projects focus on nuclear power; the role of self-regulated organizations in energy law; and risk perception issues in shaping the Smart Grid. Her articles have been published in top law journals at Columbia, Michigan, Duke, and elsewhere. She is a co-author of the nation's leading energy law casebook, and she will be joining colleague Robert L. Glicksman, J. B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law, and his co-authors on the forthcoming edition of their environmental law casebook.

In addition to teaching and scholarship, Professor Hammond is active in the third prong of a professor's work—service. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a member of the Energy Bar Association, and serves on the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools' Administrative Law Section. She has served as a state hearing examiner on water law matters and done work for the International Atomic Energy Agency. "I am looking forward to actively participating in the D.C. community," Professor Hammond notes. "The opportunities to make a difference are unmatched."