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Professor Ann Carlson Wins Highest UCLA Teaching Honor


May 2, 2011 – Ann Carlson, Shirley Shapiro professor of environmental law at UCLA School of Law, has received the Eby Award for the Art of Teaching, UCLA’s highest teaching honor. She is one of six UCLA faculty members selected this year for a Distinguished Teaching Award, and she is the sole recipient of the Eby Award.

Professor Carlson, who joined the UCLA Law faculty in 1994, is the inaugural faculty director of the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law. She is also on the faculty of the UCLA Institute of the Environment. Professor Carlson teaches Property, Environmental Law and Climate Change Law and Policy. She was the recipient of the 2006 Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching, and she served as the law school’s academic associate dean from 2004-2006.

Her scholarship in environmental law focuses on climate change law and policy, federalism and the role social norms play in affecting environmentally cooperative behavior. Her recent work involves analyzing unusual models of environmental federalism, with a focus on the unique role California plays in regulating mobile source emissions, including greenhouse gas emissions, under the Clean Air Act. She has also written on the legal and political obstacles utilities will face in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and on the threat of heat waves and climate change. She is a frequent commentator and speaker on environmental issues, particularly on climate change.

Professor Carlson’s article “Takings on the Ground” was selected in 2003 by the Land Use and Environmental Law Review as one of the top ten environmental articles of the year. She is co-author (with Daniel Farber and Jody Freeman) of Environmental Law (7th Ed.).

She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1989 and her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1982.