As the Emmett/Frankel Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy, Megan M. Herzog researches law and policy responses to climate change and other environmental issues for the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. She also teaches Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy and Climate Law and Policy, and works closely with UCLA Law’s Frank G. Wells Environmental Clinic. Her ongoing projects include supporting local governments in sea-level rise adaptation, advancing national climate policy, mitigating marine pollution, promoting environmental sustainability in Los Angeles, and examining the role of regulators in clean energy innovation.
Herzog’s primary research interests are coasts and oceans, climate, energy, disasters, and the intersection of natural resources and human rights. She has published on a range of environmental law topics, including coastal climate change adaptation and takings, marine debris control, and greenhouse gas regulation. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Harvard Environmental Law Review, Tulane Environmental Law Journal, and Hastings West Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy. Her work also includes a chapter, “Coastal Climate Change Adaptation and International Human Rights,” in Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law (Oxford), and a variety of policy reports.
Herzog received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and concurrently earned an M.S. in Environment and Resources from Stanford’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. During her time at Stanford, she served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Journal of Law, Science & Policy; Executive Board Member of the Energy Society; and Team Leader of the Bhutan Law and Policy Project, a collaboration with the Kingdom of Bhutan on a range of legal, development, and institutional issues. Upon graduation, Herzog was awarded the Environmental Law Institute’s Public Interest Law Fellowship. She worked with the Institute on legal responses to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, energy development, climate regulation, and other environmental law issues. She has also worked as a law clerk domestically at the Center for Biological Diversity, California Coastal Commission, and Center for Ocean Solutions, as well as internationally at the Water & Energy Users’ Federation of Nepal and University of Cape Town’s Centre for Law and Society.
Herzog received her B.A. in Critical Social Thought from Mount Holyoke College, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She was awarded the Helen Warren Smith Award for leadership and service, and designated a Sarah Williston Scholar for outstanding academic achievement.