Robert R.M. Verchick holds the Gauthier-St. Martin Chair in Environmental Law at Loyola University New Orleans. He is also a Senior Fellow in Disaster Resilience at Tulane University and President of the Center for Progressive Reform, a national policy institute focused on public health and environmental protection. In the spring of 2018 Professor Verchick will be on leave from Loyola, teaching as a Visiting Professor at Yale University, with a joint appointment at the Law School and at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
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 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 Award.
Professor Verchick’s writing focuses on climate change adaptation, disaster law, and environmental regulation. He is an author of three books, including the award-winning, Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World (Harvard University Press 2010) and Disaster Law and Policy (Aspen Press, 3rd ed. 2015) (with co-authors). 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. Professor Verchick holds an A.B. degree, with distinction and honors, from Stanford University and a J.D. degree cum laude from Harvard University.
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, both national and regional. 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.
Professor Verchick was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, with parents and grandparents who worked in the local resorts. Now he divides his time between New Orleans and Whidbey Island, Washington. He is married and has three sons.
"What happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas: it seeps out and replicates across the American landscape."