CUEL Co-Directors and Affiliates
CUEL Co-Director, Professor Alan Ramo
Currently Director of Environmental Law Programs at GGU School of Law, Ramo is the founder and former director of the Environmental Law and Justice Clinic at GGU School of Law. He previously served as legal director and general counsel for Communities for a Better Environment and founded Western State Legal Foundation. From 2008-2009, Ramo served as Dean of GGU School of Law. BA, Stanford University; Master of Journalism, University of California-Berkeley; JD, University of California-Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.
CUEL Co-Director, Associate Professor Paul Kibel
Kibel is Faculty Editor for the Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal, and former director of the City Parks Project at GGU School of Law. He is of counsel to and a former partner with the natural resources and water practice group at Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley LLP, and also worked as a staff attorney for Pacific Environment and for the California State Coastal Conservancy’s Office of Counsel. Kibel’s books include Rivertown: Rethinking Urban Rivers (2007). BA, Colgate University; JD, Willamette University College of Law; LLM, University of California-Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.
CUEL Affiliate, Associate Professor Helen Kang
Kang directs the Environmental Law and Justice Clinic at GGU School of Law, which represents underserved Bay Area communities in cases relating to public health and air quality. Kang was a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice’s Environmental Enforcement Section and a partner in a San Francisco law firm specializing in environmental law. BA, Yale College; University of California-Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.
CUEL Affiliate, Associate Professor Deborah Behles
Before coming to GGU School of Law, Behles served as trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice’s Environmental Enforcement Section in Washington DC from 2001-2008. Behles received a Gold Medal Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the John Marshall Award from the United States Department of Justice for her work on Clean Air Act litigation against operators of coal-fired power plants. BS, Purdue University; JD, University of Minnesota.
CUEL Affiliate, Professor Clifford Rechtschaffen
Rechstaffen has taught environmental law and policy at GGU School of Law for 14 years and has co-authored several books on environmental law including Creative Common Law Strategies for Protecting the Environment (2007), Reinventing Environmental Enforcement and the State/Federal Relationship (2003) and Environmental Justice: Law, Policy and Regulation (2002). From 2008-2010, Rechschaffen served as advisor to the California Attorney General on climate change issues. AB, Princeton; JD, Yale Law School.