Benjamin Harris is an Emmett/Frankel Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law for 2019-2021. Previously, Harris clerked for the Honorable Stephen V. Wilson for the United States District Court in the Central District of California and was a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.
Harris received his B.S. cum laude in Marine Biology with Departmental Honors and College Honors from UCLA. He returned to obtain a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where he received the Shepard Broad Award and was a Michael T. Masin Scholar. He also served as the Executive Editor for the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy. During the summer following his first year of law school, Harris worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Environmental & Natural Resources Division.
During law school, Harris wrote comments addressing federal mechanisms for protecting marine mammals from noise pollution and outlining groundwater collection opportunities in Southern California, which were published in the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy and the Villanova Environmental Law Journal, respectively.