Joshua U. Galperin

Visiting Professor of Law
(spring term)

M.E.M., Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 2009

J.D., Vermont Law School, 2007

B.A., University of Delaware, 2004

Courses Taught
  • Environmental Protection Clinic
  • Environmental Law

Joshua Ulan Galperin is a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School and an Assistant Professor of Law at Elisabeth School of Law at Pace University. He was previously the Environmental Law and Policy Program Director at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES). In addition to directing and teaching the Environmental Protection Clinic, he directed the dual law-environment degree program between F&ES and Pace, Vermont, and Yale law schools. His research addresses the law of takings and just compensation, with a current focus on just compensation in the context of climate change adaptation; and the law and policy of invasive species management. 

Before coming to Yale, Josh worked for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) where he was a policy analyst and research attorney. In that position he established and managed SACE’s coal plant retirement campaign, which was a hybrid legal, grassroots, and analytical effort to catalyze retirement of the Southeast’s oldest, dirtiest, and least efficient coal plants. Before SACE, Josh was a legislative counsel for the Vermont General Assembly where he primarily staffed the House and Senate committees on agriculture. In that role he was involved with a number of bills that eventually became law including Vermont’s farm-to-plate investment program, dairy price stabilization, and creation of the Vermont Grape and Wine Council. Galperin studied law at Vermont Law School where he graduated magna cum laude and was a member of the Vermont Law Review’s senior editorial board. He earned a master’s degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in wildlife conservation from the University of Delaware.