Daniel Farber

Research Expertise and Interest

environmental law, constiutional law, freedom of speech

Research Description

Professor Farber clerked for Judge Philip W. Tone of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. He then practiced law with Sidley & Austin before joining the faculty of the University of Illinois Law School. In 1981 he became a member of the University of Minnesota Law School faculty. During his years there he became the first Henry J. Fletcher Professor of Law in 1987, served as a visiting professor at Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago Law School, and was named McKnight Presidential Professor of Public Law at Minnesota in 2000. He joined the Berkeley faculty in 2004. His recent books include "Climate Change Law," "Lincoln's Constitution" and "Eco-Pragmatism: Making Sensible Environmental Decisions in an Uncertain World."

In the News

New Report Shows How California Can Improve Water Rights

The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) has drafted a new report that describes how California allocates water and identifies changes that would help the current system adapt to climate change. Co-written by Dan Farber, Deborah Lambe ’95, and UC Berkeley economist Michael Hanemann, the report focuses on practical, politically feasible measures.

Prop. 23 creates legal turmoil, cuts state revenue, reduces job growth

An independent analysis of Proposition 23 says the initiative would create legal uncertainty, reduce California state revenue, and jeopardize new and existing clean energy jobs. The white paper, released today by UC Berkeley School of Law's Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, reports Prop. 23 would also slow California's efforts to reduce climate change and could have a domino effect on other states.

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