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J.B. Ruhl is the David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School, where he also serves as Director of the Program on Law & Innovation and Co-director of the Energy, Environment, and Land Use Program. His research focuses on environmental and natural resources law and climate change adaptation, with special attention to endangered species protection, ecosystem services, adaptive management, and complex social-ecological-technological systems. His work in these fields has appeared in leading law journals and in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Science and PNAS. Before joining the Vanderbilt faculty, he taught at Florida State University and Southern Illinois University, and he has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard and George Washington University. Prior to entering academia, he was a partner with Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright) practicing environmental and land use law in Austin, Texas. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia, an LL.M. in Environmental Law from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Geography from Southern Illinois University. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the American College of Environmental Lawyers.
Region 4 – (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, and TN)
Year of induction:
1979 B.A. in Economics, University of Virginia 1982 J.D., University of Virginia 1986 LL.M., George Washington University 2007 Ph.D in Geography, Southern Illinois University
U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Societies and Organizations:
American Law Institute (elected member)
Other Environmental Career Experience:
Associate (1982-90) and partner (1990-94), Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Roes Fulbright) in Washington D.C. (1982-86) and Austin, TX (1986-94).