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Robert Verchick, Loyola University College of Law

Robert Verchick

Professor of Law, Loyola University New Orleans

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).

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 podcast, CPR’s Connect the Dots, is in its fifth 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 graduated with distinction and honors from Stanford University and with honors from Harvard Law School.