Richard J. Lazarus

Prof. Richard J. Lazarus

Howard J. and Katherine W. Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Richard Lazarus is the Howard J. and Katherine W. Aibel Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Supreme Court Advocacy, and Torts. Professor Lazarus has represented the United States, state and local governments, and environmental groups in the United States Supreme Court in more than 40 cases and has presented oral argument in 14 of those cases, most recently for respondent in Murr v. Wisconsin (2017). He also filed briefs on behalf of governmental parties in many other regulatory takings cases including Tahoe Sierra Preservation Counsel v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (2002), Palazzolo v. Rhode Island (2001), Suitum v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (1997), Dolan v. City of Tigard (1004), Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council (1992), Nollan v. California Coastal Council (1987), San Diego Gas & Electric v. City of San Diego (1981), and Agins v. City of Tiburon (1980). He writes broadly on topics relating to Supreme Court decision-making, focusing on both advocacy before and within the Court, and on environmental law. He will be publishing next year a book on the Supreme Court’s 2007 decision in Massachusetts v. EPA, which tells the inside story of the case based on interviews with the relevant Executive Branch officials, competing advocates, and judges and Justices on the D.C. Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court. See Richard Lazarus. The Rule of Five: Making History at the Supreme Court (Harvard University Press 2020).Before joining the Harvard law faculty, he was the Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Professor of Law at Georgetown University, where he founded the Georgetown Supreme Court Institute and served as its faculty director. Professor Lazarus previously worked for the Solicitor General's Office (1986-89), where he was Assistant to the Solicitor General. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1979 and has a B.S. from the University of Illinois in Chemistry and a B.A. in Economics.



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2019 National Lawyers Convention

On November 16, 2019, the Federalist Society's Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group hosted...

Originalism and Constitutional Property Rights Jurisprudence

2019 National Lawyers Convention

On November 16, 2019, the Federalist Society's Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group hosted...