E. Donald Elliott

Professor (Adjunct) of Law

(fall term)


E. Donald Elliott is Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School and a leading academic scholar, as well as practitioner, in the fields of administrative and environmental law. He is “one of the most well-known, well-regarded environmental law professors in the nation,” according to John Cruden, former President of the Environmental Law Institute, and now Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice during the Obama Administration.
 

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Donald Elliiott

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Rebekah Doyle

Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Yale Law School, 1974

B.A., Yale University, 1970

Courses Taught


  • Advanced Environmental Law
  • Comparative Chemical Controls
  • Administrative Law
  • Energy Law and Policy
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Conservative Critique of the Administrative State
  • Regulation of Energy Extraction

E. Donald Elliott is Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School and a leading academic scholar, as well as practitioner, in the fields of administrative and environmental law. He is “one of the most well-known, well-regarded environmental law professors in the nation,” according to John Cruden, former President of the Environmental Law Institute, and now Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice during the Obama Administration. Elliott has been on the Yale Law faculty since 1981 and currently teaches courses in environmental law, energy law, administrative law and civil procedure. He is also senior of counsel in the Washington D.C. office of Covington & Burling LLP, and co-chair of the firm's Environmental Practice Group. From 2003 until he joined Covington in 2013, he was a partner in Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, chairing the firm’s worldwide Environment, Health and Safety Department.

From 1989 to 1991, Elliott served as Assistant Administrator and General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 1993, he was named to the first endowed chair in environmental law and policy at any major American law school, the Julien and Virginia Cornell Chair in Environmental Law and Litigation at Yale Law School. From 2003-2009, he was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, which advises the federal government on environmental issues. Elliott also testifies frequently in Congress on environmental issues.

He has served as a consultant on improving the relationship of law and science to the Federal Courts Study Committee, which was chartered by Congress to make recommendations for improving the federal courts, and to the Carnegie Commission for Law, Science and Government. He co-chaired the National Environmental Policy Institute’s Committee on Improving Science at EPA. 

Elliott is a Senior Fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) and an elected member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and the American Law Institute. He serves on the Board of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment and as chair of its legal committee, as well on the Advisory Board for NYU’s Institute for Policy Integrity. He is a former member of the boards of the Environmental Law Institute, and the Center for Clean Air Policy. He is the author or coauthor of seven books and has published more than 70 articles in professional journals. He was named one of the top 25 environmental attorneys in the United States by the National Law Journal and is highly ranked in Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business; Best Lawyers in America; D.C. Super Lawyers; Who’s Who in American Law; and Who’s Who in the World. 

He earned both his B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from Yale. Following graduation, he was a law clerk for Gerhard Gesell in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and for Chief Judge David Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


President Trump and the Smarts Fallacy — A Commentary by Donald Elliott ’74

E. Donald Elliott ’74 is a Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


What’s Really Wrong With the Green New Deal — A Commentary by Donald Elliott ’74

E. Donald Elliott ’74 is a Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School.

Monday, March 4, 2019


Don’t Count Trump Out on North Korea Yet—A Commentary by E. Donald Elliott ’74

E. Donald Elliott ’74 is a Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School.

Friday, February 15, 2019


What’s Worse Than Fake News? Welcome to today’s Hypothetical News—A Commentary by E. Donald Elliott ’74

E. Donald Elliott ’74 is Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School.

Friday, October 19, 2018


Don Elliott and Carol Rose Elected Members of The American Law Institute

Adjunct Professor of Law E. Donald Elliott ’74 and Gordon Bradford Tweedy Professor Emeritus of Law Carol M. Rose were elected to The American Law Institute (ALI) on October 18, 2018. The new class includes 31 members who bring a wide range of perspectives and areas of expertise to ALI’s work of clarifying the law through restatements, principles, and model penal codes.

Monday, October 15, 2018


Fixing a broken process for nominating US Supreme Court justices—A Commentary by E. Donald Elliott ’74

E. Donald Elliott ’74 is Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


EPA In The Trump Era: The Superfund Enforcement Initiative—A Commentary by Donald Elliott ’74

E. Donald Elliott ’74 is Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School.

Friday, February 17, 2017


Elliott to Give Talk on Emerging Trends in Legal Scholarship

E. Donald Elliott, Professor (Adjunct) of Law, will lead a discussion on two emerging trends in legal scholarship, “Alternative Histories of Law” and “Domestic Comparative Law,” on March 8 at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C.

Monday, February 6, 2017


For Moderate Democrats, Judge Gorsuch Is as Good as It Gets—A Commentary by E. Donald Elliott ’74

E. Donald Elliott is Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


President Trump Establishes Regulatory Budgets by Executive Order—A Commentary by E. Donald Elliott

E. Donald Elliott is Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School.

Monday, November 21, 2016


Drain the swamp? Why not zero in on unelected senior federal bureaucrats?—A Commentary by E. Donald Elliott ’74

E. Donald Elliott is Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School.

Friday, January 29, 2016


Professor Elliott’s Writing Cited As Top Study

A book examining the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership that Professor E. Donald Elliott co-authored was ranked as the Best Policy Study Report Produced by a Think Tank in 2015 by the University of Pennsylvania’s annual Global Go To Think Tank Index.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Professor Donald Elliott Co-authors Chapter in Book on TTP

E. Donald Elliott, Professor (Adjunct) of Law, co-authored a chapter in Rule-Makers or Rule-Takers?: Exploring the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, edited by Daniel S. Hamilton and Jacques Pelkmans. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015


2014 Supreme Court Review and Preview

Professor (Adjunct) of Law E. Donald Elliott ’74 was part of a panel discussion.

Monday, June 13, 2011


E. Donald Elliott Elected to the American College of Environmental Lawyers

E. Donald Elliott, Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School, has been elected to the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL).

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Adjunct Professor E. Donald Elliott ’74 Appointed Senior Fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States

E. Donald Elliott ’74, Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School, has been appointed a Senior Fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States.