Dean Karen Rothenberg has announced that Robert Percival will be the first Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law, Gordon Young, has been selected as the Marbury Research Professor and Rena Steinzor, has been selected as the Jacob A. France Research Professor. The selections were made by the dean after receiving recommendations from the Dean's Advisory Committee on Professorships.
The Robert F. Stanton Distinguished Professorship results from a major new endowment and is a permanent professorship awared to Percival as a result of his international reputation as a leading environmental scholar. Professor Percival has been a member of the faculty since 1987 and directs the School of Law's nationally recognized Environmental Law Program. "He is the principal author of a textbook," says Rothenberg, "which is heavily used in environmental law courses across the country, and he is a prolific and respected author of numerous articles on environmental law." Now only is his casebook, Environmental Regulation: Law, Science & Policy widely used in classrooms, but it has also become a respected resource for the bench and bar. Professor Percival has lectured, presented workshops and collaborated with colleagues in Russia, Mongolia, Iran, Uganda, Chile, Japan and Germany.
The research professorships held by Professors Young and Steinzor are part of a new program approved by the faculty council to phase in several rotating research professorships over a three-year period. In making the announcement, Rothenberg says, "With these two inaugural appointments, we have made a splendid start in launching our new program of research professorships. I am confident that Greg and Rena will provide strong academic leadership, and I look forward to appointing a number of additional research professors over the next several years."
Professor Young is an expert in administrative law, constitutional law and federal jurisdiction. His appointment is described by the dean as "a reflection of the depth and creativity of his proposed project on legislative motive in constitutional law and his related work on the machinery of levels of scrutiny analysis." She says, "These significant projects should have a major impact on scholarly discourse in the legal academy throughout the country."
Professor Steinzor directs the Environmental Law Clinic as part of the School's nationally recognized Environmental Law Program. Her selection is described as "a result of her ongoing scholarship, which we believe will make a significant contribution to her field, as well as her leadership in the development of public policy." Steinzor plans to publish "Rescuing Science from Politics" with Cambridge Press and "Mother Earth and Uncle Sam: How Pollution and Hollow Government Hurt Our Kids" with University of Texas Press.