Senior Fellow - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Member of Academic Council; Luke W. Cole Professor of Environmental Law; Director of the Stanford Environmental Law Clinic
Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy
Climate, Oceans, Other
A leading environmental litigator, Deborah Sivas, JD ’87, is director of the highly regarded Environmental Law Clinic, in which students provide legal counsel to dozens of national, regional and grassroots nonprofit organizations on a variety of environmental issues. Sivas’s litigation successes include challenging the Bush administration’s gas mileage standards for SUVs and light trucks and holding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accountable for regulating the discharge of invasive species in ship ballast water. Her current research is focused on the interaction of law and science in the arena of climate change and coastal/marine policy and the ability of the public to hold policymakers accountable. She is a frquent speaker on these topics.
Before coming to Stanford, Sivas was a partner at Gunther, Sivas & Walthall, an attorney with Earthjustice (formerly Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund), an associate in the environmental practice group at Heller Ehrman and a law clerk to Judge Judith N. Keep of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. She currently serves as chair for the board of directors for the Turtle Island Restoration Network. In recognition of her work on behalf of the environment, California Lawyermagazine named Sivas one of its 2008 Attorneys of the Year.
Selected Publications by this Author
News & Press Releases
A closely watched federal trial pitting two cities against major oil companies has taken surprising and unorthodox turns. Stanford researchers examine the case, which could reshape the landscape of legal claims for climate change-related damages.
By Rob Jordan,
Deborah Sivas comments on a new study looking into climate change-driven sea level rise that could threaten some home across the U.S.
By Jennifer Dorroh,
Deborah Sivas comments on California's attempt to fight back the Trump administration's plan to roll back vehicle emissions standards.
By Alan Neuhauser,
Deborah Sivas comments on the legality of the Trump Administrations rollback of Obama-era fuel efficiency targets to California's push back of the Clean Air Act.
By Ben Bradford,