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Tracy  Hester

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Tracy Hester


Professor Hester teaches environmental law courses at the University of Houston Law Center. His research focuses on the innovative application of environmental laws to emerging technologies and risks, such as climate engineering, nanotechnologies, genetic modification, advanced wind and other renewable power projects, as well as other novel compliance and liability issues. He is also co-founder and co-director of the University of Houston’s Center for Carbon Management in Energy, a new national research center dedicated to fundamental research and investigating policies and laws related to the decarbonization of energy production, delivery, and use.

Prior to joining the University of Houston Law Center, Prof. Hester was a partner in Bracewell & Giuliani LLP for sixteen years and led the Houston office's environmental group. He teaches classes on Environmental Law as well as Climate Change Liability, and he will teach the first law school class dedicated to Climate Intervention Law in Fall 2019. He also teaches the first year course on Statutory Interpretation and Regulatory Practice.

Prof. Hester was elected as a member of the American Law Institute in 2004, inducted into the American College of Environmental Lawyers in 2012, and 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 current co-chairs its Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecological Services Committee. He previously chaired numerous other SEER Committees, including its Environmental Enforcement and Crimes Committee, Special Committee on Congressional Relations, and Task Force for Young Lawyers. Prof. Hester is currently vice-chair of the Greater Houston Partnership's Sustainability Advisory Committee, and he joined the World Commission on Environmental Law in 2018.

Environmental Law (LAW 5390)
Statutory Interpretation and Regulatory Practice
Climate Change Law
Environmental Practicum
Climate Intervention Law
Emerging Technologies and Environmental Law (LAW5397)
Environmental Enforcement