Professor Carlson Appointed to the University of California Global Climate Leadership Council

May 29, 2014 -- Professor Ann Carlson has been selected by UC President Janet Napolitano to serve as an inaugural member of the University of California Global Climate Leadership Council. She is one of five professors chosen, and the only UCLA professor appointed, to help assure the successful implementation of UC’s plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. 

Professor Carlson, one of the country’s leading scholars of climate change law and policy, is the Shirley Shapiro professor of environmental law and faculty co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. Two of her articles, “Iterative Federalism and Climate Change” and “Takings on the Ground,” have been selected by the Land Use and Environmental Law Review as among the top five environmental articles of the year. She is co-author (with Daniel Farber and Jody Freeman) of a leading casebook, Environmental Law (8th ed.). She is currently serving on an American Academy of Arts and Sciences panel studying the future of America’s energy systems. Professor Carlson is also a frequent commentator and speaker on environmental issues, particularly on climate change, and she blogs at Legal Planet (

Professor Carlson teaches Property, Environmental Law, Climate Change Law and Policy and a Climate and Energy Lawworkshop.  She was the 2011 recipient of the University’s Eby Award for the Art of Teaching and the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as the 2006 recipient of the law school's Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching. She served as the law school’s academic associate dean from 2004-2006, and is currently vice dean for faculty recruitment and intellectual life.