The Environmental Law Clinic will have a new Director as of July 1, 2017. Seema Kakade will come to the University of Maryland Carey School of Law as an Assistant Professor from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Civil Enforcement, Air Enforcement Division. At the EPA, Seema has worked on some of the most significant air matters in the history of the Agency, on both mobile and stationary sources of air pollution. Seema has managed large stationary source enforcement matters in the coal fired power sector, and cement manufacturing sector. Seema has provided key expertise on electricity reliability and energy efficiency for rulemakings, including the Clean Power Plan and the utility mercury and air toxics standards. Seema has also played a key role in mobile source matters, including the implementation of sulfur dioxide standards under the international treaty MARPOL, and in cases involving tampering and defeat devices with engines in the light duty motor vehicle sector.
Prior to her work at the EPA, Seema was an attorney-advisor for the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Environment, where she represented the Department on various matters involving electricity transmission and reliability, renewable energy, and carbon dioxide regulation. In addition to her government work, Seema was a staff attorney and Co-Director of the Environmental Law Institute’s India Program and a litigation associate for Arnstein & Lehr in Chicago.
Seema brings a wealth of environmental law and policy experience to the Clinic and is ready to build on the successes of outgoing Director Jane F. Barrett:
“I am thrilled to join the faculty at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, a top ranking environmental law program with an enormously reputable history of clinical education. While I have greatly enjoyed my work for the federal government, I could not pass up the opportunity to work directly with law students, preparing them for future law practice, while also working toward improved environmental outcomes.”
In the months ahead, please welcome Seema to our Environmental Law Program family. We look forward to working with Seema as she takes the Environmental Law Clinic and our students into the future.