Prof. Robert V. Percival

Professor of Law and Director, Environmental Law Program, University of Maryland School of Law

Robert V. Percival is the Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and the Director of the Environmental Law Program at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.  He has a B.A. from Macalester College summa cum laude and a J.D./M.A. from Stanford University.  At Stanford Law School he served as the managing editor of the Stanford Law Review and he was named the Nathan Abbott Scholar for having the highest grade point average in his graduating class.  Prior to joining the Maryland faculty, Percival served as a law clerk for Judge Shirley M. Hufstedler on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White.  He also served as a special assistant to the first U.S. Secretary of Education and as a senior attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund. 

For more than two decades Percival has been the principal author of the leading U.S. environmental law casebook, Environmental Regulation: Law, Science & Policy, now in its seventh edition.  He is the author of more than 100 publications that focus on environmental law, federalism, presidential powers, regulatory policy and legal history. Percival has taught as a visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School in 2000 and 2009 and at Georgetown University Law Center in 2005 and 2011. Percival has served on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute and as co-chair of the steering committee of the D.C. Bar's Section on Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Environmental Lawyers, and the National Committee on U.S./China Relations. He currently teaches Environmental Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and a seminar on Global Environmental Law.  

  • BA, 1972, Macalester College
  • MA, 1978, JD, 1978, Stanford University

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Publications and Multimedia
Do the EPA’s CO2 Rules Go Too Far? - Event Video
2014 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2014