AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin School of Law has announced its second major tenured appointment of the academic year. Professor Wendy E. Wagner, one of the nation’s top young environmental lawyers, who currently teaches at Case Western Reserve University, will join the UT faculty in fall 2000.
The School of Law announced earlier this year that it intended to recruit more talented professors. The first hire was Professor Mark Ascher, formerly of the University of Arizona College of Law, who accepted an offer to join the faculty in January.
“We are delighted that Professor Wagner has accepted our offer,” said M. Michael Sharlot, dean of the School of Law. “Her arrival will give Texas the largest and one of the most distinguished faculties in environmental law in the United States.” UT Austin professors Lynn E. Blais, Thomas O. McGarity ’74, Ernest Smith, and Gerald Torres, as well as regular visiting professors Antonio Benjamin of Brazil and Francesco Francioni of Italy, all teach and write in the environmental law area.
Wagner received a master’s of environmental studies degree in 1984 and her law degree in 1987, both from Yale, where she was senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and managing editor of the Yale Journal of Regulation. After clerking for the Honorable Albert J. Engel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, she practiced for four years, first as an honors attorney in the enforcement division of the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, and then as pollution control coordinator with the Department of Agriculture’s Office of the General Counsel.
She is one of seven lawyers serving on the American Bar Association’s National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists.