Specialties: Climate Change Adaptation, Environmental Law and Policy, Fisheries, Water Quality
A leading expert in environmental and natural resources law and policy, Professor Thompson has contributed a large body of scholarship on environmental issues ranging from the future of fisheries and endangered species to the use of economic techniques for regulating the environment. He is a member of the Science Advisory Board for the United States Environmental Protection Agency and serves as Special Master for the United States Supreme Court in Montana v. Wyoming. Professor Thompson is chairman of the boards of the the Resources Legacy Fund and the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation, a California trustee for The Nature Conservancy, and a board member of both the American Farmland Trust and the Natural Heritage Institute. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1986, Professor Thompson was a partner at O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles and a lecturer at the UCLA School of Law. He was a law clerk to the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist ’52 (AB ’48, AM ‘48) and Judge Joseph T. Sneed of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Thompson received his B.A. from Stanford University and his JD/MBA from Stanford Law School/Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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