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Gerald Torres

Visiting Professor of Law (spring term)
Gerald Torres is a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School and the Jane M.G. Foster Professor of Law, Cornell Law School. He is an expert in environmental law, agricultural law, and critical race theory. Torres previously served as associate dean and vice-provost of the University of Texas Law School. He has served as deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and as counsel to then U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. Torres is a past president of the Association of American Law Schools. He has served on the board of the Environmental Law Institute, the National Petroleum Council, and on EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute. Torres received the 2004 Legal Service Award from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund for his work to advance the legal rights of Latinos. He is currently the Founding Board Chair of the Advancement Project, the nation’s leading social and racial justice organization. He is also on the board of trustees of the Natural Resources Defense Council and is vice-chairman of the board of Earth Day Network. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Stanford law schools. Torres holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Yale University, and Stanford University.

LL.M., University of Michigan, 1980
J.D., Yale, 1977
A.B., Stanford, 1974

Courses Taught
Law and Social Movements