Jennifer Neuhauser

“I’d heard from some of my colleagues in the Army, both civilian and military, that [GW Law] had a very solid program, and its location in D.C. meant that it had… networking opportunities with …federal agencies.”
Jennifer Neuhauser
“I’d heard from some of my colleagues in the Army, both civilian and military, that [GW Law] had a very solid program, and its location in D.C. meant that it had… networking opportunities with …federal agencies.”

Jennifer Neuhauser

Environmental Law LLM ’15

Jennifer A. Neuhauser first became interested in environmental law while working for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan as an advisor to the Supreme Court of Afghanistan. Seeing the environmental destruction in Kabul, including extremely poor air quality, open sewers, and piles of garbage, helped Ms. Neuhauser appreciate the importance of the environment and compelled her to further her career in environmental law.

Ms. Neuhauser began her legal studies at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill School of Law. In 2012 she was selected to attend an environmental law master’s program at the Army’s expense and decided to enroll in GW’s LLM program. “I’d heard from some of my colleagues in the Army, both civilian and military, that it had a very solid program and its location in D.C. meant that it had a lot of networking opportunities with a lot of federal agencies and expertise,” said Ms. Neuhauser on her decision of enrolling in GW’s LLM program.

Her thesis on environmental destruction and the U.S. military’s legal and ethical responsibilities in post-war environmental cleanup was published in the spring 2015 edition of Lewis and Clark’s Environmental Law Review. Another paper written during her time at GW was published in Louisiana State University’s Journal of Energy Law & Resources; this paper discussed the costs and benefits of competition between utilities and third parties in the renewable energy market, with a concentration on solar power.

Having earned her LLM degree with highest honors in January 2015, Ms. Neuhauser is now a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army where she acts as Chief of the Resource Sustainment and

Restoration branch. “My colleagues and I deal with environmental law issues confronting the

Army, such as how best to comply with the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, while ensuring mission readiness,” said Ms. Neuhauser on her current job. Ms. Neuhauser has been working for the U.S. Army for the past 17 years and is the recipient of two Bronze Star Medals.

The views expressed above do not reflect the official policy, position, or an endorsement of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.