Clifford J. Villa
Keleher & McLeod Professor of Law
University of New Mexico School of Law
Professor Cliff Villa of the University of New Mexico School of Law teaches and writes in the fields of constitutional rights, environmental law, and environmental justice. Prior to joining the UNM law faculty in 2015, Cliff served for 22 years as legal counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, first with EPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and later with EPA Regional offices in Denver, Colorado, and Seattle, Washington. As an EPA attorney, Cliff’s practice focused on cleanup of contaminated sites and enforcement of federal laws such as the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. Cliff is a co-author of a published textbook, A Practical Introduction to Environmental Law (2017), and a forthcoming textbook, Environmental Justice: Law, Policy, and Regulation (3rd ed. 2019). His latest article is Gold King Mine Spill: Environmental Law and Legal Protections for Environmental Responders, 2019 Utah L. Rev. 263 (2019). Born and raised in Albuquerque, Cliff graduated from the University of New Mexico summa cum laude, and received his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.