Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice, and Director, Environmental Law and Policy Program, University of Michigan Law School
David M. Uhlmann is the Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice and the director of the Environmental Law and Policy Program. His research and advocacy interests include criminal and civil enforcement of environmental laws, worker endangerment, and efforts to address global climate change. Since joining the Michigan faculty in 2007, Professor Uhlmann has published articles in the Michigan Law Review, the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, the Utah Law Review, the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law, the Environmental Law Forum, The New York Times, and the American Constitution Society's Issue Briefs series. Professor Uhlmann is leading the efforts of more than 100 Michigan Law students participating in the Michigan Environmental Crimes Project, which is the first comprehensive empirical study of criminal enforcement under U.S. pollution laws. Professor Uhlmann has testified before Congress, appeared regularly on CNN, Frontline, NPR, and other national news programs, and lectured widely about environmental crime and sustainability issues.
Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Uhlmann served for 17 years at the U.S. Department of Justice, the last seven as chief of the Environmental Crimes Section, where he was the top environmental crimes prosecutor in the country. He led an office of approximately 40 prosecutors responsible for the prosecution of environmental and wildlife crimes nationwide. Professor Uhlmann coordinated national legislative, policy, and training initiatives regarding criminal enforcement and chaired the Justice Department’s Environmental Crimes Policy Committee. His work as lead prosecutor in United States v. Elias was chronicled in the book The Cyanide Canary.
Professor Uhlmann received a JD from Yale Law School and a BA in history with high honors from Swarthmore College. Following law school, Professor Uhlmann clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Marvin H. Shoob in Atlanta, Georgia.