Alice Kaswan

Professor Kaswan received her JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1991 and her BS, with highest honors, in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley in 1984. She clerked for Justice Marie Garibaldi on the New Jersey Supreme Court and then practiced environmental and land use law in New York City with Berle, Kass & Case and Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius. She began teaching law at Catholic University School of Law in 1995 and joined the University of San Francisco law faculty in 1999. She teaches Environmental Law, Property, and Administrative Law.

Professor Kaswan’s scholarly work focuses on climate change with a particular emphasis on federalism and on environmental justice. She has written extensively about the role of state and local governments in climate change adaptation and mitigation policy.  In addition, she has addressed the environmental justice dimensions of domestic climate change policy. Her articles can be accessed through the SSRN website.

Prof. Kaswan is a member of the American Law Institute, a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, and the Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools.


B.S., UC Berkeley (1984)
J.D., Harvard Law School (1991)