David M. Uhlmann is the Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice, the inaugural director of the Environmental Law and Policy Program, and a Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Sustainability. His research and advocacy interests include corporate crime, criminal and civil enforcement of environmental laws, corporate accountability, and climate change and sustainability.
Since joining the Michigan Law faculty in 2007, Uhlmann has published in the Michigan Law Review, the Harvard Environmental Law Review, the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, the Maryland Law Review, the UC Davis Law Review, the Utah Law Review, the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law, the Environmental Law Forum, and the American Constitution Society's Issue Briefs series.
He leads the efforts of more than 300 Michigan Law students participating in the Environmental Crimes Project, the first comprehensive empirical study of criminal enforcement under US pollution laws. His first article regarding the Environmental Crimes Project, "Prosecutorial Discretion and Environmental Crime," received honorable mention as the top environmental law article of 2014.
Uhlmann has testified before Congress; appeared on CNN, Frontline, NPR, and other national news stations and programs; written multiple op-eds in The New York Times; and lectured widely about environmental crime and sustainability issues.
Before joining the Michigan faculty, Uhlmann served for 17 years at the US Department of Justice, the last seven as chief of the Environmental Crimes Section, where he was the top environmental crimes prosecutor in the country. He led an office of approximately 40 prosecutors responsible for the prosecution of environmental and wildlife crimes nationwide. Uhlmann coordinated national legislative, policy, and training initiatives regarding criminal enforcement and chaired the Justice Department's Environmental Crimes Policy Committee.
He also served as vice chair of the annual American Bar Association's Environmental Law Conference and was on the planning committee for the ALI-ABA Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Laws Seminar. His work as lead prosecutor in United States v. Elias was chronicled in the book The Cyanide Canary (Free Press, 2004).
Presented (virtually) for the DC Bar "Can the Biden Administration Reverse the Decline in Pollution Prosecutions During the Trump Years?."
"Climate Justice and Sustainability," presented to University of Michigan, Central Student Government Fireside Chat Series, online.
"Back to the Future: Creating a Bi-Partisan Environmental Movement for the 21st Century," presented to Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, online.
Presented "Who Calls the Shots? Enforcement in the Midst of Federal Deregulation" panel discussion to the ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources Fall Conference, online.
Authored "The Climate Crisis Is Still a Crisis" for The Atlantic.
Interviewed on NPR's Science Friday broadcast "Environmental Protection Apocalypse: What's Happening at the EPA."
Authored "BP Paid a Steep Price for the Gulf Oil Spill But for the US a Decade Later It's Business as Usual" for The Conversation.
Presented "Drawing a Line: When Should Violations of Environmental Law Trigger Criminal Prosecution?" panel discussion, to ABA National Enforcement Conference, Washington, D.C..