Emily Hammond

Emily Hammond

Emily Hammond

Glen Earl Weston Research Professor of Law; Faculty Director of Academic Sustainability Programs, GW Alliance for a Sustainable Future


Email: Emily Hammond
Office Phone: (202) 994-6024
2000 H Street, N.W Washington, DC 20052

Professor Hammond is a nationally recognized expert in energy law, environmental law, and administrative law. A former environmental engineer, Professor Hammond brings technical fluency to cutting-edge issues at the intersection of law, science, and policy. Their expertise includes the regulatory process, the responses of various legal institutions to scientific uncertainty, and relationships among governance, climate change, and justice in energy and environmental law.

Professor Hammond's articles have appeared in numerous top-ranked journals, including the Columbia Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Michigan Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Law Review. They are a co-author of one of the nation’s leading energy law texts, Energy, Economics and the Environment, and the environmental law text Environmental Protection: Law and Policy, in addition to a variety of book chapters and shorter works. Professor Hammond actively collaborates with other researchers from a variety of disciplines and is a past Distinguished Young Environmental Scholar recipient at the Stegner Center, University of Utah. Professor Hammond’s current work focuses on community protests and the clean energy transition and includes a book project that explores how grassroots resistance movements in Central Appalachia have shaped federal energy and environmental laws.

Committed to service leadership, Professor Hammond currently serves as the Faculty Director of Academic Sustainability Programs within the GW Alliance for a Sustainable Future and is a previous Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at GW. They held a presidential appointment at the Department of Energy during the 2021-22 academic year, where they served as Deputy General Counsel for Litigation, Regulation, and Enforcement; and Deputy General Counsel for Environment and Litigation. Professor Hammond has also served as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at GW Law, and was awarded the Distinguished Dean Award by the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021. An energetic and dedicated teacher, they were also awarded the Distinguished Faculty Service Award by the graduating class of 2018.

Professor Hammond is a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and is both a board member and a member-scholar with the Center for Progressive Reform. They are an elected member of the American Law Institute, a past Chair of the American Association of Law Schools’ Administrative Law Section and a member of the Executive Committee for the Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. They have consulted on various energy, environmental, and administrative law matters, authored amicus briefs, and testified before Congress on these issues.

Prior to joining the GW Law faculty, Professor Hammond served on the faculties at Wake Forest University and the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where they served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Director of the Law Center. Before entering academia, Professor Hammond practiced law with Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore in Atlanta, Georgia, and clerked for Judge Richard W. Story of the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

In The News

"As sea levels rise, DeSantis signs bill deleting climate change mentions from Florida state law"

CNN quoted Emily Hammond’s take on Florida’s stance on climate mitigation policy.

"The conservative war on 'agencies that protect us'"

The Boston Globe quoted Emily Hammond who breaks down the administrative state of Americans, how it is used and affects every one's day to day life.

"It may have just gotten harder to protect minority communities from pollution"

Stateline, in an article distributed by Tribune News Service, quoted Emily Hammond in regard to water pollution, especially in underserved communities.

BS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University; JD, University of Georgia

  • 6400 - Administrative Law
  • 6459 - Atomic Energy Law
  • Energy Law
  • 6430 - Environmental Law
  • Oil & Gas Law
  • Risk, Public Policy & Law
  • 6206 - Torts
  • Water Law