Richard L. Revesz
May 9, 1958 |
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Alma mater||Princeton University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Yale Law School
|Employer||New York University School of Law|
|Known for||Environmental Law|
|Title||Lawrence King Professor of Law
Director, Institute for Policy Integrity
Richard L. "Ricky" Revesz (born May 9, 1958) is the Director of the American Law Institute and a law professor and dean emeritus at the New York University School of Law. He is one of the nation's leading experts on environmental law, regulatory law and policy.
Early life, Education
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Richard Revesz graduated summa cum laude in Civil Engineering and Public Affairs from Princeton University and received an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He continued his studies at Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of Yale Law Journal. Upon graduation, he clerked first for Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and then clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, where he met his wife, Vicki Been  who was also clerking at the Supreme Court, for Justice Harry Blackmun.
Revesz began his academic career in 1985, joining the faculty of NYU Law as an assistant professor. By 1990, he was a full professor of law, teaching Environmental and Administrative Law. In 2001, he was named Lawrence King Professor of Law and, a year later, he succeeded John Sexton as dean. He stepped down as dean after 11 years in May 2013. Revesz also has been a visiting professor at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, and the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
An influential thinker in the area of environmental and regulatory law and policy, Revesz has published numerous books and articles in major law reviews and journals, focusing on federalism and environmental regulation, the design of liability rules for environmental protection and the role of cost-benefit analysis in shaping administrative and environmental regulation. His most recent book, Retaking Rationality: How Cost Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Our Health, which he co-authored with Michael A. Livermore, argues that the economic analysis of the law could be used by environmentalists and other progressive groups to strengthen environmental and public health policy and regulations.
After the book was published in 2008, Revesz and Livermore co-founded the Institute for Policy Integrity, a NYU Law-affiliated advocacy organization and think-tank dedicated to improving the quality of governmental decision-making. Established in the last few months of George W. Bush's presidency, the institute quickly got in the news for spotlighting the Bush administration's rush to adopt a raft of controversial regulations, known as "midnight regulations". Since then, Revesz has published several op-eds on a variety of environmental and regulatory issues, from the economic costs to offshore oil drilling to sector carbon pricing.
Throughout Revesz's career, he has played an active role in shaping environmental public policy and regulations. He has served as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board, among other organizations. In 1994 and 2007, he received the American Bar Association award for best article or book on administrative law and regulatory practice.
Tenure as NYU Law School Dean
During his tenure as dean at NYU Law, Revesz enhanced the school’s historic commitment to public interest law, institutionalizing funding opportunities that enable greater numbers of students to pursue public interest work. He also completed a successful campaign to endow the prestigious Root-Tilden-Kern Scholarship Program, restoring the program to its full strength of 20 full-tuition scholarships a year, and more than tripled the size of the AnBryce Scholarship Program, enabling more students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue a legal education and furthering the institution’s mission to promote diversity in the legal profession. Revesz oversaw numerous innovations in the NYU Law curriculum, including the introduction of an Administrative and Regulatory State course in the first-year and the implementation of a first-year elective. The Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business was designed to train future entrepreneurs and leaders of business in cooperation with NYU’s Stern School of Business and offers a wealth of transactional courses to teach students the art of deal making in a number of industries. Revesz also completed an ambitious capital campaign that raised $415 million to support the institution’s educational mission.
- Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Our Health with Michael Livermore. (2008).
- Environmental Law and Policy. (2008).
- Grandfathering and Environmental Regulation: The Law and Economics of New Source Review with Jonathan Nash. 101 Northwestern University Law Review 1677 (2007).
- Centralized Oversight of the Regulatory State, with Nicholas Bagley. 106 Columbia Law Review 1260 (2006).
- Anti-Regulation Under the Guise of Rational Regulation: The Bush Administration's Approaches to Valuing Human Lives in Environmental Cost-Benefit Analyses, with Laura Lowenstein. 34 Environmental Law Reporter 10,954 (2004).
- Foundations of Environmental Law and Policy. 2nd Ed.(2000).
- Federalism and Interstate Environmental Externalities, 144 U. Pa. L. Rev. 2341 (1996) (cited by the Supreme Court in EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, 572 U. S. ____ (2014).
- American Law Institute - Staff - Executive Office
- Obama's Climate Authority Came Straight From Congress - U.S. News & World Report, April 10, 2014
- Yale Law Journal#Notable_alumni
- Vicki L. Been Wed to Richard Revesz, New York Times 11/6/1989.
- List of law clerks of the Supreme Court of the United States
- Richard Revesz Named Dean of NYU School of Law, New York University, 3/1/2002.
- Cutting Off Drilling--For Now "Forbes.com" 05/13/2010.
- Include A CLEAR-style Refund "The National Journal" 03/16/2010.
- NYU School of Law Faculty Page
- Institute for Policy Integrity Home Page
- Social Science Research Network (SSRN) Publications Page
- Environmental Law and Policy - Foundation Press