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Joshua Galerpin

Joshua Galperin

Visiting Associate Professor of Law

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Josh Galperin joins the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2018. Prior to coming to Pitt Josh was the Director of the Environmental Protection Clinic, Lecturer in Law, and a Research Scholar at Yale Law School. Josh was also a lecturer and the Environmental Law and Policy Program Director at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES). In addition to directing and teaching the Environmental Protection Clinic, Josh directed the dual law-environment degree program between F&ES and Pace, Vermont, and Yale law schools. He was a lead collaborator in the Land Use Collaborative. Josh was also the associate director for the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy where he oversaw all operations of the Center including budgeting, fundraising, research, and teaching.

His research addresses the law of takings and just compensation; the law and policy of invasive species management, the role of environmentalism in environmental policymaking, food law and policy, private environmental governance, and instrument choice among non-governmental organizations. 

Before Yale, Josh worked for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) where he was a policy analyst and research attorney. In that position he established and managed SACE’s coal plant retirement campaign, which was a hybrid legal, grassroots, and analytical effort to catalyze retirement of the Southeast’s oldest, dirtiest, and least efficient coal plants. Before SACE, Josh was a legislative counsel for the Vermont General Assembly where he primarily staffed the House and Senate committees on agriculture. In that role he was involved with a number of bills that eventually became law including Vermont’s farm-to-plate investment program, dairy price stabilization, and creation of the Vermont Grape and Wine Council. Galperin studied law at Vermont Law School where he graduated magna cum laude and was a member of the Vermont Law Review’s senior editorial board. He earned a master’s degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in wildlife conservation from the University of Delaware.

You can follow Josh on Twitter @JoshGalperin

JD, Vermont Law School
MEM, Yale University
BA, University of Delaware

Selected Publications

  • No Farms No Food?: A Response to Baylen Linnekin, 45 Fordham Urb. L. J. (forthcoming 2018).

  • Private, Environmental, Governance, 9 Geo. Wash. J. Energy & Env. L. (Forthcoming 2018).