Assistant Professor of Law
Professor Hester teaches environmental law and emerging technology courses at the University of Houston Law Center, and he directs its Environment, Energy and Natural Resource (EENR) Center. His research focuses on the innovative application of environmental laws to emerging technologies and risks, such as climate engineering, nanotechnologies, genetic modification, wind and other renewable power projects, and on novel compliance and liability issues. Prior to joining the University of Houston Law Center, Prof. Hester served as a partner in Bracewell & Giuliani LLP for sixteen years and led the Houston office's environmental group. He has previously taught classes on Environmental Law, Climate Change Liability and Litigation, Emerging Technologies and Environmental Law, Advanced Hazardous Waste Law, and Practice of Environmental Law.
As Director of the EENR Center, Prof. Hester coordinates adjunct faculty courses on energy and environmental law in the University of Houston Law Center’s program. He also directs the EENR Speaker Series, which annually draws top speakers on energy and environmental topics to the University of Houston campus
Prof. Hester was elected as a member of the American Law Institute in 2004, and he was named the Top Environmental Lawyer in Houston in 2011 by Best Lawyers of America. He was also elected to the Council of the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER) in 2011, and he is currently chair of SEER’s Task Force for Young Lawyers. Prof. Hester is the immediate past chair of SEER’s Environmental Enforcement and Crimes Committee, and he is currently vice-chair of the Greater Houston Partnership's Environmental Policy Advisory Committee.
Environmental Law (LAW 5390)
Emerging Technologies and Environmental Law (LAW5397)
Climate Change Law