Environmental Law expert Scott Schang joins WFU Law

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(Winston-Salem, N.C., Feb. 4, 2019) — Scott Schang, senior director of corporate engagement at Landesa, will join Wake Forest School of Law as professor of practice of environmental law beginning July 1, 2019.

In addition to teaching environmental law and natural resources, Schang will develop, launch, and direct a new environmental law clinic that will advise clients, inform transactional work, as well as draft amicus briefs and policy white papers.

“The entire Wake Forest community is excited to welcome Scott Schang,” said Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77). “Our students, like the people of the world, are eager for talented, experienced mentors to train the next generation of lawyers in the work of protecting the environment. Our students will have the benefit of Scott’s work in the classroom, in board rooms, and in fields across the world. How fortunate we are to have someone of his character, commitment, and capacity.”

Schang comes to Wake Forest Law with a wealth of professional experience in law and sustainable development. His current work with Landesa, a rural development institute that aims to secure land rights for vulnerable peoples, allows Schang to help multinational corporations, developing agencies, foundations, and NGOs develop and navigate practices that advance the wellbeing of rural women and men through improved land rights and corporate land policies.

Schang also formerly held multiple executive-level positions with the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), including such roles as visiting scholar, acting president, executive vice president, as well as senior attorney and co-director of their Africa Program. He also served as ELI’s vice president of climate and sustainability, a role where he oversaw several national and international mitigation and adaptation projects. Biodiversity and climate change were some of the main focuses of these initiatives.

Beyond his executive-level advisory roles, Schang is also a former editor-in-chief with the Environmental Law Reporter as well as vice president of publications and associates for ELI. He is a contributing author to “Environmental Rule of Law: First Global Report,” a major 2019 research study published by the United Nations (U.N.) Environmental Programme—the main environmental agency of the U.N.

He has taught environmental law at George Washington University and was a visiting scholar at their school of law in 2016.

“Joining Wake Forest School of Law as a professor of practice is an enormous privilege,” said Schang. “The focus faculty give to teaching and students, the caliber of the faculty, administration, and student body, and the overall atmosphere on campus create a singular environment for learning and teaching. I’m thrilled at the challenge of teaching here and creating a world-class environmental law clinic.”

Schang received his juris doctorate degree from Georgetown Law School and his bachelor of arts at Yale University.

Learn more about Scott Schang at wfu.law/s8a


About Wake Forest University School of Law:

Wake Forest School of Law has committed to keeping legal education small and personable for over 35 years. Established in 1894, the law school is located in Winston-Salem, N.C. Wake Forest law school is ranked No. 32 in the nation and offers several degrees, which include the Juris Doctor (JD) with dual and concurrent degree options, an online Master of Studies in Law (MSL), a Master of Laws (LL.M.), and the Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD). Learn more about Wake Forest School of Law at www.law.wfu.edu