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Environmental Law Professor Hari Osofsky Joins Faculty

SEPTEMBER 10, 2010—Professor Hari M. Osofsky has joined the University of Minnesota Law School faculty as an associate professor with tenure and associate director of law, geography, and environment with the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences. Also a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon, she brings an interdisciplinary law and geography perspective to addressing climate change, environmental justice, and property law issues.

From 2008-10, Osofsky was an associate professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law. She was a visiting assistant professor and then assistant professor at the University of Oregon School of Law in 2005-08 and an assistant professor and director of the Center for International and Comparative Law at Whittier Law School in 2003–06. She began her academic career in 2002-03 as a visiting assistant professor at Vermont Law School and adjunct professor at Loyola Law School.

Osofsky completed her B.A. magna cum laude in philosophy and environmental studies at Yale College in 1993 and her J.D. at Yale Law School in 1998, where she was book reviews editor on the Yale Law Journal, founding co-editor-in-chief of the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, and received graduation honors for her writing and her human rights advocacy work.

She clerked for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, Calif., in 1998-99, served as a Fellow at the Center for Law in the Public Interest in 1999-2001, and was a Yale-China Legal Education Fellow and visiting scholar at Sun Yat-sen University School of Law in 2001-02.

Osofsky has assisted on environmental rights and climate change projects with Earthjustice, the Western Environmental Law Center, and the Southern Environmental Law Center and plays a leadership role on numerous national and international boards and committees dealing with these issues, as well as with property law, international law, and social justice. She co-chaired the American Society of International Law annual meeting in 2010.

Her publications appear in a variety of leading law journals, and she won the Daniel B. Luten Award for the best paper by a professional geographer from the Energy and Environment Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers. Her co-edited book on climate change litigation was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009, and her co-authored casebook Climate Change Law and Policy is scheduled for release by Aspen Publishers in 2011.

This fall she will teach a new course, Environmental Justice and the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Students will draft background papers and submit them to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling for its consideration as it prepares its final report.

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