UCLA School of Law is pleased to announce that William Boyd, one of the nation’s leading scholars of energy and environmental law, will join UCLA Law's faculty on July 1, 2018. Boyd will hold joint appointments with UCLA Law and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. He will also play an instrumental role with the law school’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
Boyd comes to UCLA Law from the University of Colorado Law School, where he is a professor of law and the John H. Schultz Energy Law Fellow. His scholarship includes innovative research that examines the impacts of government regulation, science and technology on energy, environmental and climate law and policy.
He is an award-winning author of multiple articles and a 2016 book, The Slain Wood: Papermaking and Its Environmental Consequences in the American South. The book won the Edelstein Prize from the Society for the History of Technology. On two occasions, his law review articles have been recognized as among the top five environmental law pieces of the year.
Boyd also plays a leading role on climate policy issues. He serves as the project lead for the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force, an international collaboration of 35 nations and states that are working to develop regulatory frameworks to reduce emissions from deforestation and land use. He will continue to work in this role after he arrives at UCLA Law.
Boyd received a J.D. with Distinction from Stanford Law School. He also holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar, and earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley. Boyd served as a law clerk to the Hon. Diana Gribbon Motz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He then worked in Congress as Democratic minority counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and in the energy and environmental law group at Covington & Burling.
“William Boyd has a rare combination of talents,” said Jennifer L. Mnookin, Dean and David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Professor of Law at UCLA Law. “He is a leading intellectual, he has deep environmental and energy law practice and public policy experience and he is a wonderful teacher.
“He will join an already exceptional group of environmental law professors at UCLA, making our environmental programs, with the Emmett Institute at the center, the top in the country. I am absolutely thrilled to welcome William aboard.”