Kate Konschnik

Lecturer on Law



Kate Konschnik is a Lecturer on Law and the founding Director of Harvard Law School’s Environmental Policy Initiative of the Environmental Law Program, a policy shop providing real-world legal analysis of front-page energy and environmental issues. EPI seeks to advance discussion and propose solutions with its research, sharing findings in policy-relevant talks and products.  Kate and EPI attorneys and students have presented to leading state and national organizations including the National Research Council, the National Governors’ Association, the federal EPA, Groundwater Protection Council, the Midwestern Power Sector Collaborative, and the United States Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board.

Prior to joining Harvard Law School, Kate was Chief Environmental Counsel to U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and directed his staff on the Oversight Subcommittee of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. From 2002 to 2009, Kate also served as an environmental enforcement trial attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice. Kate holds a B.A. in political science from Tufts University and a J.D. cum laude from UC Hastings College of the Law. Kate has also studied at the University of Grenoble and the University of London.

Areas of Interest

Jody Freeman & Kate Konschnik, U.S. Climate Change Law and Policy: Possible Paths Forward, in Global Climate Change and U.S. Law 795 (Jody Freeman & Michael B. Gerrard eds., A.B.A. 2nd ed. 2014).
Environmental Law
Climate Change
Type: Book
This comprehensive, current examination of U.S. law as it relates to global climate change begins with a summary of the factual and scientific background of climate change based on governmental statistics and other official sources.

Education History

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