Widener Law professor inducted into prestigious environmental-lawyer group
Public Relations - Published: October 29, 2009
jimMayOct2009Widener University School of Law Dean Linda L. Ammons is pleased to announce that Professor James R. May has been elected a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.

May, Widener’s H. Albert Young Fellow in Constitutional Law, has been a member of the law school faculty since 1991.

The Portland, Oregon-based American College of Environmental Lawyers is a professional association of distinguished private-sector lawyers who practice environmental law. Fellows become members in the organization by invitation and they are recognized by their peers as pre-eminent in their fields. ACOEL member fellows are dedicated to maintaining and improving the ethical practice of environmental law, the administration of justice and the development of environmental law at the state and federal level.

May was one of 35 people elected and inducted into the organization at the group’s annual meeting Oct. 3 in Portland, Maine.

“Jim is a leader in environmental law nationally, and I am pleased to see him receive the kind of recognition that membership in this organization brings,” Ammons said. “He is a big reason why the environmental law program at Widener is so strong – and so well regarded.”

May currently serves as associate director of the Environmental Law Center at Widener. He teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional, environmental, international environmental, hazardous waste, engineering law and more. He directed the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic on the law school’s Delaware campus for 12 years up until 2004 – a time span when the clinic successfully litigated more than 200 cases for 50 nonprofit environmental groups across the country. Prior to working in law he was a high-clearance engineer on national defense projects for the U.S. government.

He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kansas and his LL.M. from Pace University School of Law, where he was the Feldshuh Environmental Fellow and graduated first in his class.