David Schoenbrod, a pioneer in the field of environmental law, is currently examining how Congress could restructure environmental statutes so that their objectives could be achieved more effectively and efficiently. He teaches environmental law at New York Law School and has served as a senior staff attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he led the charge to get lead out of gasoline. Mr. Schoenbrod studies all major environmental areas, in particular air pollution and climate change. He also studies litigation in which court decrees dictate the management of governmental institutions, such as prisons, schools, and foster care agencies.


  • Co-Leader, “Breaking the Logjam: An Environmental Law for the 21st Century,” Joint Project of New York Law School and NYU School of Law, 2006-present
  • Trustee Professor, 2006-present; Professor, 1985-2006; Associate Professor, 1984-85, New York Law School
  • Senior Fellow, 2006-2007; Adjunct Scholar, 1995-2005, Cato Institute
  • Associate Professor, School of Law, New York University, 1979-83
  • Visiting Lecturer, Yale Law School, Spring 1977
  • Senior Staff Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council, 1972-79
  • Staff Attorney, Special Committee on Electric Power and the Environment, New York City Bar Association, 1971-72
  • Director of Program Development, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, 1969-71
  • Law Clerk, Judge Spottswood Robinson III, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, 1968-69
  • Intern and Staff, U.S. Senator for Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, 1962, 1963, and 1965



LL.B, Yale Law School
B.Ph., economics, Oxford University
B.A., mathematics, Yale College