Joshua Macey ’17 to Join Yale Law School Faculty

Joshua Macey

Dean Heather K. Gerken has announced that Joshua Macey ’17 will be joining the Yale Law School faculty as an Associate Professor of Law on July 1, 2024.

Macey teaches and writes about bankruptcy, environmental law, energy law, and the regulation of financial institutions. He has won the Morrison Prize — awarded to the “most impactful sustainability-related legal academic paper published in North America during the previous year” — for the last three years in a row. 

In 2023, the American Bankruptcy Institute named him to its list of 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders in Insolvency Practice. He is also co-author of the 6th edition of the leading energy law casebook, Energy, Economics, and the Environment.

“It is rare for a scholar to do such ambitious and impactful work so early in a career,” said Dean Heather K. Gerken. “I am thrilled to have such a prolific, creative individual joining our intellectual community.” 

Macey’s latest work focuses on the fragility of the nation’s electric grid and offers strategies to improve grid reliability and accelerate the transition to new sources of energy. His scholarship has been published in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and Stanford Law Review, among others.

Macey received his B.A. Yale College in 2012 and his M.Sc. in political theory in 2013 from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as an Editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Macey is currently Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, where he has taught since 2020 and has served on the Journal Committee and the Faculty Appointments Committee. He also serves on the Faculty Advisory of the University of Chicago Business Law Review.

Macey was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Cornell Law School in 2019–2020. He has worked at Morgan Stanley and clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.