James Salzman

Jim Salzman is the Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law with joint appointments at UCLA Law School and the University of California, Santa Barbara, School of Environment. He teaches every year at the Harvard Law School during its Winter Term – most recently as the Jeremiah Smith, Jr., Visiting Professor of Law. The first Harvard graduate to earn joint degrees in law and in engineering, he was awarded a Sheldon Fellowship upon graduation. One of the world’s leading experts on drinking water and environmental markets, he regularly comments in the media on environmental issues. There have been over 110,000 downloads of his publications. An engaging lecturer, he was twice voted Professor of the Year by students at Duke University. His popular books, Drinking Water: A History and Mine! How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives, have been featured in the New Yorker, Washington Post, the New York Times, and NPR’s Weekend Edition, among others.

“Jim gave wonderful lectures and created strong sense of group.” - J. Leaf

 “Jim Salzman gave magnificent lectures, offered himself to the Harvard group in every situation, organized a wonderful get to know you party, and made the trip for us. His wife Heather was equally charming and self-giving and managed to tie together a disparate group and make us feel like family friends.” - E. Goodenough

“Jim Salzman and Heather Stanford -- WOW!! What a dynamic duo! They were fabulous and made the trip so much fun. I was skeptical when I got the email saying Jim would be the leader. I mean, how exciting can a law professor be? But he was not only charming, funny, and engaging, but he really drew the group together and made us a Harvard family." - A. Boudreau