Rachel E. Deming
Assistant Professor of Law
Director, Environmental and Earth Law Clinic

Rachel E. Deming


(407) 681-5422


J.D. and A.B., University of Michigan

Teaching Interests and Courses Taught

Environmental and Earth Law Clinic
Environmental Dispute Resolution
Toxic Torts
Brownfields Redevelopment
Cross-Border Dispute Resolution
Sustainable Development
Social Impact Investment


Professor Rachel E. Deming is an Assistant Professor of Law and director of the Environmental and Earth Law Clinic. She teaches seminar courses on environmental dispute resolution and toxic torts at environmentally impacted sites. Professor Deming joined the Barry faculty in the fall of 2013. Before coming to Barry, she was co-director of the International Transactions Clinic and a professor from practice at the University of Michigan. She also taught environmental dispute resolution at Pace University School of Law.

Prior to joining academia, Professor Deming practiced law in New York for over 25 years. She began her career as an associate at a large New York law firm working on international banking issues and cross-border mergers and acquisition litigation. She left to become in-house environmental counsel for a Swiss-based global manufacturing company, a position which led to an increasing range of managerial responsibilities and included advocacy on environmental concerns and corporate sustainable development. She negotiated several consent agreements involving cleanups of major Superfund sites and also managed the resolution of high-profile tort claims against the company outside the courtroom. Recognizing the value of alternative dispute resolution, Professor Deming returned to private practice in 2007 and became a mediator. She has mediated many disputes in the state and federal courts in New York and New Jersey, most of which involved commercial or environmental matters.

In recognition of her expertise in environmental and financial issues, Professor Deming was appointed by the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to its Environmental Financial Advisory Board in 2005 and served on that board until 2011. She was also involved in the establishment of an environmental dispute resolution center at Pace Law School, the Kheel Center for the Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes, and received the Founder’s Award for her work in 2009.

Professor Deming is a frequent speaker on sustainable development and dispute resolution issues at legal conferences.

Professor Deming received her A.B. in Russian Studies and history, cum laude with honors, and her J.D. from the University of Michigan. She received a post-graduate fellowship from the International Research & Exchanges Board to study at Moscow State University, where she researched the application of international law by the Soviet legal system.


“The Role of Environmental Management Systems” chapter in the Compliance and Enforcement volume of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Law (ed. L. Paddock and D. Markell) (forthcoming)

“Climate Change Adaptation: Fostering Progress through Law and Regulation,” 18 N.Y.U. Envtl. L. J. 55, 119-122 (2010) (author of chapter on Financial Assurance) and contributing author to the chapter on the role of law and regulation for the report Climate Change Adaptation in New York City, prepared by New York City Panel for Climate Change (December 2009)

“Extraterritorial Imperatives,” 20 Case W. Res. J. Int'l L. 393-404 (Summer 1988) (co-authored with H. Harfield)

“Role of the U.S. Courts in the Transnational Flow of Funds,” 17 N.Y.U. J. Int'l L. & Pol. 493-510 (Spring 1985) (co-authored with J. Hoffman)

Recent Presentations

Moderator, On Arrangers and Apportionment: CERCLA Liability After Burlington Northern, 25th Annual Conference of the National Law Association of Environmental Law Societies, March 2012

Presenter, Brownfields, sponsored by the University of Michigan’s Environmental Law Society, March 2011

Presenter, Environmental Dispute Resolution: A Primer, at the New York State Bar Association Environmental Law Section’s Fall Meeting, September 2010

Co-organizer for the 2nd Annual Kheel Center Conference, Creating New Forums to Resolve Environmental Disputes: Successful Legal Strategies and Roles for Lawyers and moderator of panel Influencing Decision-making through Collaborative Governance, November 2009

Organized and moderated a 90-minute ABA teleconference, Financial Assurance for Environmental Obligations: How Much is Enough?, January 2009

Panelist, Using an Environmental Conflict Resolution Specialist, Federal Bar Association Annual Meeting, September 2007

Panelist, Remediation and Environmental Toxic Torts: Keeping the Two Connected, ABA Litigation Section Conference, January 2007

Participant, Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Environmental Justice Disputes, Environmental Law Institute forum, April 2006

Professor Deming’s recent publications and working papers may be found on the Social Science Research Network