John Pendergrass

Professorial Lecturer in Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

John Pendergrass is director of Judicial Education and co-director of International Programs for the Environmental Law Institute (ELI). He works with partners to improve environmental and natural resource law, policies, institutions, and management worldwide. With local partners, he trains judges, government personnel, industry managers, and the public on environmental and natural resource law, enforcement, and compliance. He has overseen programs on environmental law for 1000 judges from 20 countries. 

Mr. Pendergrass has published dozens of articles and book chapters on environmental law, sustainable development, nanotechnology, institutional controls, and land use and wrote a column on state environmental law from 1991 to 2011. Before joining ELI, Mr. Pendergrass was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, an associate with the firm of DeWitt, Sundby, Huggett, Schumacher & Morgan, S.C. in Madison, Wisconsin, and an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of the Solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior.


BS, Michigan State University; JD, Case Western Reserve University