Alice Kaswan

Visiting Professor

UC Berkeley School of Law

Professor Alice Kaswan is currently a Visiting Professor at Berkeley Law. She has been a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law since 1999, and taught at Catholic University from 1995-1999. She teaches Environmental Law, Property, and Administrative Law.

Professor Kaswan’s scholarly work focuses on climate change with a particular emphasis on federalism and on environmental justice. She has explored the environmental justice implications of domestic GHG cap-and-trade programs in a series of articles, including “Controlling Power Plants: The Co-Pollutant Implications of EPA’s Clean Air Act § 111(d) Options for Greenhouse Gases,” 32 Virginia Journal of Environmental Law 173 (2014); “Climate Change and Environmental Justice: Lessons from the California Lawsuits,” 5 San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law 1 (2014); and “Climate Change, the Clean Air Act, and Industrial Pollution,” 30 UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy 51 (2012). Professor Kaswan has also written extensively about the role of state and local governments in climate change adaptation and mitigation policy. Her articles can be accessed through the SSRN website:

Professor Kaswan received her JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1991 and her BS, with highest honors, in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley in 1984. She clerked for Justice Marie Garibaldi on the New Jersey Supreme Court and then practiced environmental and land use law in New York City with Berle, Kass & Case and Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius.

Prof. Kaswan is a member of the American Law Institute, a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, and outgoing Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools.