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Sarah Light

Lecturer in Law

Sarah Light

Sarah E. Light is an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches Environmental Management, Law, and Policy. In the spring of 2017, Light will teach Environmental Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and she has previously taught Environmental Management, Law, and Policy at Columbia University. Prior to entering academia, Professor Light served for ten years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Civil Division, and for four years as the Chief of the Office’s Environmental Protection Unit. In that capacity, Light represented federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and others in affirmative and defensive environmental litigation. She has also served as a pro bono mediator in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. 


Light’s scholarly articles have focused on issues at the intersection of environmental regulation, governance, and management. Recent articles have explored the parallel ways in which public and private actors employ tools to address environmental problems, as well as the environmental and governance implication of the sharing economy. In addition, Professor Light has written about the “Military-Environmental Complex” – how the Department of Defense’s national security mission is driving the Department to reduce its carbon footprint and to generate renewable sources of energy for its installations and operations. Her articles have appeared in and will be forthcoming in the Yale Law Journal, the UCLA Law Review, the Emory Law Journal, the Boston College Law Review and the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, among others. Light earned her J.D. from Yale Law School, an M. Phil in Politics from Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and an A.B. in Social Studies magna cum laude from Harvard College. 


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