David Schoenbrod Trustee Professor of Law New York Law School
David Schoenbrod is Trustee Professor of Law at New York Law School and a Visiting Scholar with American Enterprise Institute. Professor Schoenbrod is a co-leader for "Breaking the Logjam: An Environmental Law for the 21st Century," a joint project of New York Law School and the NYU School of Law. He has frequently contributed to the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and other newspapers and periodicals. Professor Schoenbrod asserts in his scholarship that Congress has inappropriately shifted its responsibility for the laws to regulatory agencies and courts.
As staff attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) during the 1970s, he led the charge to get lead out of gasoline, dramatically helping to reduce the amount of the brain damaging contaminant in the air. After seven years with the NRDC, Professor Schoenbrod felt the need to write about the trends he had been finding in practice. At the NRDC, Professor Schoenbrod also served as Co-Director of the Council’s Project on Urban Transportation.
His widely-praised book, Power Without Responsibility: How Congress Abuses the People Through Delegation (Yale University Press, 1993), was the genesis for the 1996 Congressional Review of Agency Rule Making Act. Also widely-praised is a second book he co-authored, Democracy by Decree: What Happens When Courts Run Government (Yale University Press, 2003). In 2005, Yale released his new book, Saving Our Environment from Washington: How Congress Grabs Power, Shirks Responsibility, and Shortchanges the People. Professor Schoenbrod also co-authored Remedies: Public and Private (West, 2002), now in its fourth edition. He has published articles in scholarly journals on environmental law, remedies, and the law and politics of regulation.
He began in law practice as Director of Program Development at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, which had been established by Robert F. Kennedy. Professor Schoenbrod is a member of the American Law Institute and the Education Advisory Committee, Common Good.