Lesley K. McAllister
Stanley Legro Professor in Environmental Law
- PhD, 2004, University of California, Berkeley
- JD, 2000, Stanford University
- MA, 1997, University of California, Berkeley
- BSE, 1991, Princeton University
Areas of Expertise
Professor McAllister teaches and writes in the areas of environmental, natural resources, and energy law; comparative and international law; administrative law; and property law. Her current research focuses on innovative regulatory approaches in environmental and energy policy.
McAllister clerked for the Honorable Fern M. Smith of the Northern District of California from 2004 to 2005. She worked as an attorney for Earthjustice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Before law school, she was an environmental consultant for ENVIRON in New Jersey and the Hualapai Tribe in Arizona, and an environmental education volunteer for the Peace Corps in Costa Rica. McAllister is an adjunct associate professor at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at University of California, San Diego. She joined the USD School of Law faculty in 2005.
Honors and Affiliations
McAllister was a Fulbright scholar in Spain in spring 2012 and a visiting scholar at the University of California San Diego Center for U.S.–Mexican Studies in fall 2011. Also in 2011, she was named the Seventh Annual Young Scholar by the Wallace Stegner Center at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney School of Law.
McAllister sits on the Board of Advisors of the Energy Policy Initiatives Center, and she is the faculty advisor to the San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law. She is a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform and a primary blog editor of the Environmental Law Prof Blog. She is also a member of the Law and Society Association; the Latin American Studies Association; the American Society of Comparative Law; the State Bar of California; and the American Bar Association (ABA). In the ABA, McAllister served as chair of the environmental law committee of the Section of State and Local Government Law and as liaison to the ABA’s Standing Committee on Environmental Law.
Before coming to USD, she was a recipient of the Environmental Protection Agency Graduate Star Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Law and Social Science Dissertation Grant, the Stanford Law School Public Service Fellowship, and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Fellowship.
McAllister's books include Climate Change Law and Policy (with Osofsky) (Wolters Kluwer, 2012) and Making Law Matter: Environmental Protection and Legal Institutions in Brazil (Stanford University Press, 2008). Her articles include “Regulation by Third-Party Verification” in 53 Boston College Law Review 1 (2012); “Adaptive Mitigation in the Electric Power Sector” in 2011 Brigham Young University Law Review 2115 (2011); “The Enforcement Challenge of Cap-and-Trade Regulation” in 40 Environmental Law 1195 (2010); “Dimensions of Enforcement Style: Factoring in Regulatory Autonomy and Capacity” in 32 Law and Policy 61 (2010); “The Overallocation Problem in Cap-and-Trade: Moving Toward Stringency” in 34 Columbia Journal of Environmental Law 396 (2009); “Sustainable Consumption Governance in the Amazon” in 38 Environmental Law Reporter 10,873 (2008); and “Beyond Playing 'Banker': The Role of the Regulatory Agency in Emissions Trading” in 59 Administrative Law Review 269 (2007).