Richard L. Revesz served as director of The American Law Institute from 2014 to 2022, before becoming administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Prior to joining OIRA, he was also the AnBryce Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus at the New York University School of Law. He is one of the nation’s leading voices in the fields of environmental and regulatory law and policy. He has published ten books and around 80 articles in major law reviews and journals advocating for protective and rational climate change and environmental policies, and examining the institutional contexts in which regulatory policy is made.
In 2008, Revesz founded the Institute for Policy Integrity, a think tank and advocacy organization with a full-time staff of 17, primarily lawyers and PhD economists, that promotes desirable climate change and environmental policies. Working closely with major environmental organizations, Policy Integrity has played an influential role before agencies and courts in ensuring that climate change environmental damages, particularly those affecting disadvantaged, vulnerable, and marginalized communities are properly accounted for in regulatory proceedings.
Revesz was born in Argentina, learned English as a second language, and immigrated to the United States when he was 17. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, earned a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received a law degree from Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. Following clerkships with Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court, Revesz joined the NYU Law faculty in 1985 and served as dean from 2002 to 2013.