Citations for environmental and energy law professors

The most-cited environmental and energy law professors in 2010-2014

Brian Leiter at Chicago is doing one of his occasional series identifying the top cited legal scholars in a range of substantive areas.  One list he has done covers administrative and environmental scholars – however, his list includes a number of top administrative law scholars who do not focus on environmental and energy law.  I thought it might be helpful to our readers to have a list that is focused on scholars who work substantially or primarily on environmental and energy law.  Unlike Leiter, I’ve just lumped everyone together without breaking out a separate category for those work only partially in the field—that’s because almost all environmental and energy law scholars could be characterized as working in other areas of law, given the interdisciplinary nature of the work.  So of course Cass Sunstein is number one. All the caveats that Leiter has indicated about the utility of looking at cite counts apply here.  In particular, I also want to emphasize that citations are only a partial and imperfect measure of scholarship, which in turn is only a partial measure of what environmental and energy law professors do.  My numbers differ slightly from Leiter’s at times because for most of these scholars, I did my own searches.   I used the same basic methodology as Leiter, and these are citations from 2010-2014, inclusive.  If any readers identify any errors or omissions, please let me know in the comments or by email.


Rank First Name Last Name    
1 Cass Sunstein Harvard 5480
2 Dan Farber Berkeley 1750
3 Richard Stewart NYU 880
4 Jody Freeman Harvard 780
4 Richard Pierce GWU 780
6 Carol Rose Arizona 740
7 Richard Revesz NYU 730
8 JB Ruhl Vanderbilt 700
9 Jonathan Adler Case Western 610
9 Richard Lazarus Harvard 610
11 Doug Kysar Yale 530
12 Robin Kundis Craig Utah 510
13 Tom McGarity Texas 500
14 Jim Salzman UCLA 490
15 Dan Tarlock Chicago-Kent 470
16 Rob Glicksman GWU 460
17 Vicki Been NYU 450
17 Jim Rossi Vanderbilt 450
17 Sidney Shapiro Wake Forest 450
20 Holly Doremus Berkeley 420
21 Cary Coglianese Penn 410
21 Robert Percival Maryland 410
23 Buzz Thompson Stanford 390
24 Bill Buzbee Georgetown 380
24 Michael Gerrard Columbia 380
26 David Dana Northwestern 370
26 Wendy Wagner Texas 370
28 Jonathan Nash Emory 350
29 Daniel Bodansky Arizona State 340
29 Michael Vandenbergh Vanderbilt 340
29 Brad Karkkainen Minnesota 340

Reader Comments

2 Replies to “Citations for environmental and energy law professors”

  1. Congratulations Dan Farber, why don’t you and all top cited legal scholars join together to inform and motivate peoples around the world to protect long-term future quality of life for the human race?

    Today we are beyond 400 ppm and consequences are already out of control.

  2. You folks do a great job documenting the out of control global warming problems that gravely threaten quality of life for future generations, but we must raise the level of public awareness and action today if we are going to begin to prevent the destruction of the human race that we are experiencing today.

    One most disastrous consequence of global warming is violence, which latest news reports this week alone document as already out of control.

    We must have world leadership, like Winston Churchill and FDR, to save us from ourselves again.

    It doesn’t help that UC itself has major problems that prevent the right things from happening. As an example, Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center concluded ‘Indeed, Napolitano herself provides examples of the power paradox: When students protested the prospect of tuition hikes in March, she referred to the protests as “crap.” That, says Keltner, “is a classic abuse of power—to use rude language to describe low-power people.’ in their story “Women, Power, and Hillary Clinton” by Jeremy Adam Smith on February 24, 2016.

    Berkeley Blog also reported a worst case scenario “Berkeley’s handling of sexual harassment is a disgrace” as posted by Michael Eisen on March 10, 2016.

    We must do much, much better with the greatest sense of urgency today, starting at UC if we are going to make the right things happen in time to overcome the threats of global warming, as reported by CALIFORNIA alumni magazine in a 2006 Global Warning issue cover story “Can We Adapt in Time?” that seems to have been marginalized because it is now 2016 and we have not responded to this exhortation yet.

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Eric Biber is a specialist in conservation biology, land-use planning and public lands law. Biber brings technical and legal scholarship to the field of environmental law…

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Eric Biber is a specialist in conservation biology, land-use planning and public lands law. Biber brings technical and legal scholarship to the field of environmental law…

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