Rob Verchick is one of the nation’s leading scholars in disaster and climate change law and a former EPA official in the Obama administration. He holds the Gauthier-St. Martin Eminent Scholar Chair in Environmental Law at Loyola University New Orleans. Professor Verchick is also a Senior Fellow in Disaster Resilience at Tulane University and the President of the Center for Progressive Reform, a think tank focused on public health and the environment.
Verchick has written more than 60 articles and four books, including the award-winning, Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World (Harvard University Press 2010). His work has appeared in many venues, including the California Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, and the environmental law reviews at Harvard, Stanford, and Berkeley.
He has taught as a visiting professor at Yale University, Peking University, and Aarhus University in Denmark. He has received several teaching awards, including at Loyola, Tulane, and Harvard.
Verchick comments frequently on radio shows such as NPR’s All Things Considered and has written commentary for the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald, Slate, and other publications. A popular speaker, he has addressed audiences throughout the country and on nearly every continent. His interview-style podcast, CPR’s Connect the Dots, is in its third season.
In 2009 and 2010, Professor Verchick 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 change adaptation policy for the EPA and served on President Obama's Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force.
Verchick, who grew up in the sun-scorched Las Vegas desert and survived Hurricane Katrina as a resident of New Orleans, has spent a career studying environmental resilience across the country. Committed to “place-based” analysis, he has paddled swamps, scaled glaciers, and dived among endangered corals, all to understand what is at stake and how we can protect the things we need—and love.
Verchick graduated with distinction and honors from Stanford University and with honors from Harvard Law School.
March 2, 2021
Vanderbilt University School of Law, Faculty Workshop, “The Octopus in the Parking Garage: Reaching Beyond Greenhouse Gases Toward Climate Resilience”
March 1, 2021
American Society of International Law (ASIL), Annual Meeting, Moderator, “We Are All Climate Change Lawyers Now”
Feb. 27, 2021
Tulane University School of Law, Environmental Law Summit, Panelist, “New Deals, New Economies: How Green and How Soon?”
Feb. 26, 2021
Temple University School of Law, Symposium, “A Gathering Wave: Emerging Legal and Policy Implications of Climate Migration,” Speaker, “The Long Goodbye:
How to Build a Responsible Climate Migration Program”
Jan. 14, 2020
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Panelist, “What Can Biden do about Wildfires and Climate Change?”
Dec. 17, 2020
Rotary Climate Network: Speaker, "Confronting the Economics of Climate Change"
Nov. 6, 2020
American University College of Law: Speaker, "Outsmarting Climate Change"
Sept. 30, 2020
Virtual People's Hearing on Industrial Ocean Fish Farming in the Gulf: Moderator
Sept. 29, 2020
University of Florida School of Law: Visiting Scholar, "Natural Disaster and Covid-19"
Sept. 1, 2020
Maritime Surveillance/Security and Legal Implications of Oil Spills, hosted by Crisis Diaspora Appeal: Speaker, "The Wakashio Oil Spill in Mauritius: Who Pays?"