Julie Weisman is counsel with the New York firm Carter Ledyard & Milburn, LLP and an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. She has an extensive environmental practice, which currently revolves around climate change issues, the purchase and sale of carbon credits, and the assistance of clients involved in regulatory enforcement matters, NEPA litigation and alternative and renewable energy business deals. In addition, she advises clients on environmental issues that arise in commercial transactions. She has represented a variety of parties in commercial negotiations worldwide and frequently has been involved in issues pertaining to carbon credits, green building, permitting and the remediation of contamination associated with such transactions. She also focuses on exposure issues related to the presence of heavy metals, asbestos and mold.
Professor Weisman began her career in the Honors Program at the U.S. Department of Justice, Lands and Natural Resources Division, where she served as both defense and prosecuting trial attorney for the government. She has worked in the NGO world and private practice since then.
Professor Weisman currently is a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute and sits on the board of the Pacific Forest Trust. She also is a founding member of the Water Resources Action Project, a new NGO which works with established organizations (such as Friends of the Earth – Middle East) to provide water to underserved communities in the Middle East. Recently she assisted and accompanied Professor Percival, and students, on a trip to the region to study transboundary environmental issues.
William Piermattei is the Managing Director of the University of Maryland’s Environmental Law Program and an adjunct professor at the law school. In his role as Managing Director, he directs the Environmental Law Externship Program and provides career counseling to environmental law students. In addition, Bill also teaches Environmental Advocacy at the law school, coaches the environmental moot court and negotiation teams, and works with the Environmental Law Clinic.
Prior to arriving at the School of Law in May 2010, Bill was an associate at Venable, LLP in Baltimore. During his 10 year career as a litigator, he represented businesses and professionals in a variety of civil suits, including toxic torts, product liability, business torts, and professional malpractice cases.
Bill graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law with honor in 1999 with a Concentration in Environmental Law. He is currently co-editing the Proceedings of the IUCN Environmental Law Academy 10th Annual Colloquium: Global Environmental Law at a Crossroads.