Professor of Law
Before joining Santa Clara Law School, Professor Yang served as Deputy General Counsel of the US Environmental Protection Agency. In that capacity, he provided legal counsel to the EPA Administrator and other senior Agency leaders and supervised legal work on international and domestic environmental issues.
Prior to his EPA appointment, Professor Yang was a tenured member of the Vermont Law School faculty and also taught law at the University of Pittsburgh, Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. From 2007 to 2010, he led the establishment of the US-China Partnership for Environmental Law, a US AID and State Department-funded initiative to build China's institutional capacity in environmental law and governance. Besides teaching and research in the field, Professor Yang has trained and advised many foreign governments and international organizations on environmental law and governance issues. He served for four years on EPA's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council.
In 2009, the American Bar Association honored Professor Yang as a Distinguished Environmental Advocate. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law.
Before law teaching, Professor Yang served as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division, practiced law with the firm of Latham and Watkins in San Francisco, and was a law clerk for the Honorable Rudi M. Brewster of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. He received his BA degree magna cum laude in biochemistry from Harvard University and his JD degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
In his spare time, Professor Yang enjoys spending time with his family, serving as his dog’s social secretary, and exploring local eateries. He believes that he was a gardener in a previous life time.
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J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Harvard University