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    Students can choose specialized tracks such as energy law and policy, or design a custom program of study to meet their career goals.

Energy Law and Policy Faculty

  • Jamison Colburn

    Professor Jamison Colburn is a scholar of environmental law and policy. Prior to teaching, Professor Colburn was an enforcement litigator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a collaborating researcher with the Project on Public Problem Solving at Columbia University, which studied the collaborative roles played by local and regional grassroots organizations.

  • Jeffrey Erickson

    Jeffrey Erickson is a supervising attorney in Penn State's Rural Economic Development Clinic. Prior to joining Penn State Law, Professor Erickson was a litigator and counselor in Denver, Colorado, specializing in medical malpractice defense and insurance defense matters. Professor Erickson helped launch Lee & Kinder, LLC in 2008, where he focused on administrative law with an emphasis on workers' compensation. Professor Erickson was active pro bono counsel with the Colorado Lawyers' Committee's Legal Night Task Force at Mi Casa Resource Center for Women and Centro San Juan Diego.

  • William Fox

    Professor William Fox has been a practicing attorney and a professor of law for more than thirty-five years. A private practitioner in Washington, D.C., he concentrates on international business transactions with additional work in federal agency matters and veterans law. For fifteen years, he has been a member of the faculty (senior research fellow) of the Centre for Energy, Mineral & Petroleum Law & Policy, the University of Dundee, Scotland, where he teaches courses in international business law.

  • Kelmelis

    Professor John A. Kelmelis is a scholar of national and international geography who joined Penn State after a thirty-year career of distinguished government service and leadership. He has provided scientific advice on U.S. foreign policy, regional resource management, disaster response, and information infrastructure to the highest levels of U.S. government.

  • Flynt Leverett

    An expert on the Middle East, international political economy, and Chinese foreign policy, Flynt Leverett is part of the founding faculty for Penn State’s School of International Affairs, faculty affiliate at the Dickinson School of Law, and a visiting scholar at Peking University’s School of International Studies.  With his wife and frequent co-author, Hillary Mann Leverett, he writes, a prominent forum for realist analysis on Iran and the Middle East.

  • Ross Pifer

    Professor Ross Pifer’s research focuses on shale gas development and the interface between agricultural and residential development. He has been an attorney with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of General Counsel, and he has advised military personnel and commands in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Great Britain, and Germany while on active duty with the U.S. Army JAG Corps at the Netherlands Law Center.