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About Robert R.M. Verchick

Rob Verchick holds the Gauthier-St. Martin Chair in Environmental Law at Loyola University New Orleans and is a Senior Fellow in Disaster Resilience Leadership at Tulane University. Professor Verchick recently served in the Obama administration as Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In that role he helped develop climate adaptation policy for the EPA and served on President Obama's Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. In the fall of 2012, he researched climate adaptation policies in India as a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, supported by a Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership Award.

Professor Verchick’s writing focuses on environmental regulation, climate change adaptation, and the developing field of disaster law. His work has appeared in many venues, including the California Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, and the environmental law journals at Harvard, Stanford, and Berkeley. He is an author of three books, including, Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World (Harvard University Press 2010) which was selected as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association.

Professor Verchick has testified before Congress several times and represented environmental interests in friend-of-the-court briefs in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal appellate courts. He has written commentaries for several news outlets and is a Member Scholar and former board member of the Center for Progressive Reform, a policy institute focused on public health and environmental protection.

Professor Verchick has taught as a visitor at several schools, including Peking University (China) and Aarhus University (Denmark), and has received several teaching awards. He has lectured across the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Born in Las Vegas--with parents and grandparents who worked in the local resorts--Professor Verchick developed an early appreciation for hot climates and long odds. He is married and has three sons.


Present Gauthier-St. Martin Chair in Environmental Law, Loyola University New Orleans
Present Senior Fellow in Disaster Resilience Leadership, Tulane University

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Law and Policy, Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law

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Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership Award (Council for International Exchange of Scholars), supporting research on climate change adaptation policy in India (Fall 2012)


  • Energy Law
  • Property Law
  • Disaster and the Environment
  • Disaster Law and Policy
  • Environmental Justice
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Environmental Law


1986 - 1989 J.D. cum laude, Harvard University ‐ Law School
1982 - 1986 A.B. with distinction and honors, Stanford University ‐ English

Contact Information

Loyola University New Orleans
College of Law
526 Pine Street, Room 415
New Orleans, LA 70118 USA

Journal Publications (33)