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Adam Babich

Professor of Law
BA, 1977, Dickinson College; JD, 1983, Yale University

E-mail:  ababich@tulane.edu
Telephone:  504.862.8800
Office:  Weinmann Hall, 130-B

Adam Babich teaches and writes on environmental law. From 2000 to 2017, Babich served as Director of Tulane’s Environmental Law Clinic. He is the author of numerous articles on environmental law and policy, administrative law, and civil procedure.

Before joining Tulane in 2000, he was a litigator in Denver and Chicago, enforced environmental laws as a Colorado Assistant Attorney General, served as an adjunct attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund and worked as a judicial law clerk for the Colorado Supreme Court. He also spent four years as editor-in-chief of the Environmental Law Reporter.

Babich was a trial lawyer on the nation’s first remedy trial under the Superfund law and has litigated high-profile cases involving the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and other types of environmental contamination. He also has taught at Georgetown University Law Center, American University and the University of Denver.

Under his leadership, the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic received the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association’s Camille F. Gravel Jr. Pro Bono Award in 2010.

Professor Babich's CV   |   SSRN author page  

Fall 2016 - Environmental Law: Pollution Control; Environmental Law Clinic
Spring 2017 - Environmental Law Clinic

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Theadvocate.com, "State says court has no authority to review its decision in suit over neighbors opposition to gravel pit," 1/10/16
New Orleans Advocate, "Livingston Parish homeowners sue DEQ in attempt to block proposed sand and gravel pit near their homes," 12/2/15
Alternet, "New Orleans Officials Press to Rebuild School on Former Waste Site," 09/04/15
The St. Augustine Record, "Dredging suit uphill battle for St. Johns River watchdog, but don’t rule out more
protections," 08/15/15
The Advocate, "Lawsuit filed in an attempt to stop injection well permit in Belle River," 07/07/15
nola.com, "Booker T. Washington plans called ‘astounding and insulting’ at New Orleans council hearing," May 5, 2015

The Associated Press, "Environmental law clinic to feds: investigate La. DEQ's hazardous waste permit to PPG in LC," Monday, March 28, 2011
The New York Times, "Obama Admin Weighs Appeal of Contempt Ruling in Offshore Drilling Moratorium Case," Friday, February 18, 2011
Money Control, "Groups sue BP for harm to endangered Gulf wildlife," Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Baton Rouge Business Report, "Moratorium postmortem," Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Money Control, "Groups sue BP for harm to endangered Gulf wildlife," Thursday, October 21, 2010
Courthouse News Service, "Ninth Ward Blasts Corps of Engineers," Monday, June 14, 2010
WDSU, "Bill Could Limit Services For University Law Clinics," Thursday, May 13, 2010
Advocate: Letter, "Protecting La. individuals?," Thursday, May 13, 2010
New York Times, "Law Students' Role in Farm Pollution Suit Angers Md. Lawmakers, Sparks Nat'l Debate," Thursday, April 8, 2010
April 1, 2010 The New York Times, "Utah Eminent Domain Law More Than a 'Message Bill,'" Thursday, April 1, 2010
Advertiser, "EPA says group can't sue," Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Advocate, "EPA says group can?t sue," Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Advocate, "Group suing over sewage regulations," Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Reuters, "UPDATE 1-US court cites Murphy refinery for air pollution," Thursday, February 4, 2010
Courthouse News, "Environmentalists Sue ExxonMobil in Louisiana," Friday, May 29, 2009
The Advocate, "LEAN puts ExxonMobil on notice: Group's letter lists violations to 2004," Thursday, April 9, 2009
The Times-Picayune, "Steps used to measure air quality questioned in JP," Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Reuters, "Murphy sued for U.S. refinery emissions violations," Friday, November 21, 2008
The Advocate, "Environmental group to sue EPA over BR air quality," Friday, July 11, 2008
Baton Rouge Business Report, "Clearing the air," Monday, January 28, 2008
St. Petersburg Times, "The world's a dirty place when you are poor," September 9, 2007
The Advocate, "Vitter bills aimed at ozone problem management," June 22, 2007
The Advocate, "Groups sue for ban on mercury meters," May 10, 2007
New York Times, "A New Landfill in New Orleans Sets Off a Battle," May 8, 2006
Columbian (Vancouver, WA), "Environmental rules bent in storm-tossed gulf coast," December 17, 2005
Times Picayune, "Corps starts chemical testing in canal," August 27, 2005
Times Picayune, "Biggest mercury polluter in La. to clean up its act," August 5, 2005
Raleigh News & Observer, "Soil still toxic 25 years later," July 3, 2005
Baton Rouge Advocate, "Residents happy with ruling,"June 19, 2005
Baton Rouge Advocate, "AG staffer retires rather than face, "April 5, 2005
E Magazine, "Clearing the smokescreen," March/April 2005
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, "LeBlanc & Waddell's silent merger," March 15, 2005
Times Picayune, "Suit against Chalmette Refining gets OK, Violations ruling lets it go forward," February 10, 2005
Times Picayune, "Convent residents claim victory over sludge; Firm will no longer spread treated sewage," December 18, 2004
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "EPA hasn't won the improvements it touted," December 12, 2004
Octane Week, "Citizen groups continue to press chalmette's emissions," November 8, 2004
Baton Rouge Advocate, "Court order may hurt BR ozone battle," September 10, 2004
New Orleans CityBusiness, "EPA auditor criticizes effort to instill environmental justice," May 24, 2004
New Orleans CityBusiness, "Baton Rouge hits reformulated gas roadblock June 23," March 8, 2004
Gambit Weekly, "Smell Test: Chalmette residents hope a federal lawsuit will finally help the condition of their fenceline communities around the Chalmette refinery," February 24, 2004
Octane Week, "Majors sued over their refineries' environmental performance," February 23, 2004
Baton Rouge Advocate, "Suit: EPA not following emission standards act," January 7, 2004
New Orleans CityBusiness, "Here to Stay: Environmental justice issues continue to loom large in Louisiana," December 29, 2003
New Orleans CityBusiness, "Two coal plants create most toxic pollution," December 22, 2003
Octane Week, "Chalmette Blasts Greens as 60-Day Clock Ticks Toward Court Date," December 15, 2003
Times Picayune, "B.R. air still is too polluted, EPA says," December 05, 2003
Times Picayune, "Locks Project Suffers Court Setback," November 6, 2003
Times Picayune, "Pollution Problem Lost Amid Coastal Concerns," October 26, 2003
Baton Rouge Advocate, "Mayor Tells Committee: Air Rules to Be Costly for BR," July 23, 2003
New Orleans CityBusiness, "Refining Risks, Petrochemical Jobs and Safety Concerns Force the State into a Tough Balancing Act," May 19, 2003
Birmingham News, "McWane under Justice Inquiry, President Says," May 15, 2003
Octane Week, "Attorney: Greens, Industry Deeply Divided After Missed Opportunities," April 28, 2003
Baton Rouge Advocate, "New Moves Might Help La. Environment," March 30, 2003
Baton Rouge Advocate, "EPA Reclassifies Baton Rouge Ozone Status to Severe," February 28, 2003
Baton Rouge Advocate, "EPA's La. Oversight Criticized Report Indirectly Slaps State DEQ," February 5, 2003
Associated Press, "Cooperation Marks of a Year of Progress in Louisiana's Green Politics," December 30, 2002
Associated Press, "Environmentalists Hope to Win More Companies over to Their Cause," December 23, 2002
Times-Picayune, "EPA Ruling May Affect Baton Rouge; Court Decides Air Deadlines Can't Be Delayed" December 14, 2002
Times-Picayune, "State DEQ Takes Aim at Ozone; Emissions Tradeoff Draws Activist Fire" November 25, 2002 -
New Orleans Citybusiness, "Hostile Environment," November 18, 2002
Times-Picayune, "Environment Agency's Record System Blasted; Documentation on Permits Not Citizen Friendly", August 8, 2002
Times-Picayune, "Environment Agency's Record System Blasted; Documentation on Permits Not Citizen Friendly," August 8, 2002
Times Picayune, "Law Clinics Bend But Don't Break," March 9, 2002
Baton Rouge Advocate, "EPA Ordered to Rule on BR Pollution, Judge Gives Agency 90-day Deadline," March 1, 2002
New York Law Journal, "Columbia Students Redefine Spring Break," March 1, 2002
L.A. Times, "Court Rejects La. Student Help Case," October 29, 2001
The Baton Rouge Advocate, "Court to Rule on Tightening Local Air-Pollution Rules," August 2, 2001
National Underwriter, "General Electric Challenges Authority of EPA," February 5, 2001
Business Insurance, "Louisiana Reversal in Pollution Dispute: Court Curbs Exclusion's Scope," January 8, 2001
Baton Rouge Advocate, "Tulane Law Clinic Head Says Lawsuits Should Be Used to Change Minds," October 30, 2000
Business Insurance, "Louisiana Revisiting Pollution Exclusion," September 25, 2000
Times-Picayune, "Tulane Law Clinic Honored for Work," July 5, 2000
Gambit Weekly, "Rocky II," June 27, 2000
Baton Rouge Advocate, "Tulane Law Clinic to Be Honored," June 21, 2000
BNA Daily Environment Report, "Note Purchaser Has No Standing to Sue Alleged PRPs, Defendant Tells Court," May 18, 1999
BNA Environment Reporter, "CERCLA Does Not Preempt Municipal Law for Waste Cleanup, Federal Court Says, " March 26, 1999
Virginian-Pilot, "Allen's Administration Blocks Seven Sites From Superfund List," July 15, 1996
Las Vegas Review-Journal & Sun, "Home Builders Association, Government Battle Over Rare Fly," July 14, 1996
Investor's Business Daily, "A Green War on Civil Liberties?" November 24, 1995
Newsweek, "Of Helmets and Hamburger, Congress: Deciding What you Eat and Breathe," July 24, 1995
Environment Today, "How Do I Get out of this Mess? ET Asks 10 Top Environmental Attorneys Some of the Questions Uppermost on Your Mind," September 1994
Investor's Business Daily, "Is Superfund Cleanup Stalling?," February 17, 1994
Houston Chronicle, "Pollution Lawsuits Seek $1.5 Trillion from Industry," November 12, 1993
Denver Westword, "The Secret Story of the Rocky Flats Grand Jury," September 30-October 6, 1992
Chicago Tribune, "Polluter to Pay $18 Million Fine," June 2, 1992
Denver Post, "Judge to Rule on Flats Plea Bargain," May 31, 1992
ABA Journal, "Environmental Law Takes Root," May 1992
Boulder Daily Camera, "Judge Rules Chemical Firm Was Not Legal," April 15, 1992
Wall Street Journal, "Rockwell to Plead Guilty, Pay Fine on Waste Disposal," March 26, 1992
New York Times, "Judge Sets Up New Hurdles for U.S. Plutonium Dump," February 4, 1992
Washington Post, "U.S. Told to Halt Efforts to Open Atom-Waste Site," February 4, 1992
Denver Post, "U.S. Barred From Shipping N-Waste to WIPP," February 4, 1992
Denver Post, "Colo. Defense Contractors May Benefit," September 28, 1991
Denver Business Journal, "States Label Federal Agencies Environmental Outlaws," July 23, 1990
Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph, "Judge Orders Treatment Plant Built," May 30, 1990
Rocky Mountain News, "Judge Rules U.S. Agencies Must Pay Pollution Fines," January 23, 1990
New York Times, "Rocky Flats Gets More Regulation," August 17, 1989
National Law Journal, "Trouble at Rocky Flats," July 24, 1989
Denver Post, "Sierra Club Wins Ruling in Lawsuit Against Flats," July 1, 1989
Wall Street Journal, "Rocky Flats Document Details Pollution, Waste Problems and Defensive Missteps" June 12, 1989
Washington Post, "Rocky Flats Incinerator Called Illegal," February 2, 1989
Rocky Mountain News, "U.S. May Face Arkansas River Pollution Suit," November 15, 1988
Denver Post, "ASARCO Settles Pollution Suit," April 10, 1987

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