E. Donald Elliott, J.D.
Yale University; Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP; Georgetown University
Presentation: Legal Acceptance of Nonanimal Data
E. Donald Elliott, J.D., is a leading academic expert on improving the relationship between law and science, specializing in environmental law and chemical regulation. He is currently professor (adjunct) of law at the Yale Law School and the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches a course comparing chemical regulation in the United States and European Union. He has been on the Yale Law School faculty since 1981 and is the author of over 75 articles. He teaches in the fields of environmental law, administrative law, and law and science, and served as a member of the Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the National Research Council from 2003 to 2009.
Elliott also practices law and heads the worldwide Environment, Health and Safety department of the 600-lawyer international law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, and is a partner in its Washington, D.C., office. Formerly, Elliott was assistant administrator and general counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1989 to 1991. In 1993, he was named to the first endowed chair in environmental law and policy at any major American law school: the Julien and Virginia Cornell Chair in Environmental Law and Litigation at Yale Law School.
Elliott has served as a consultant on improving the relationship of law and science to the Federal Courts Study Committee, which was chartered by Congress to make recommendations for improving the federal courts, and to the Carnegie Commission for Law, Science and Government. He co-chaired the National Environmental Policy Institute’s committee on improving science at the Environmental Protection Agency. He serves on the boards of the Environmental Law Institute and the Center for Clean Air Policy. In 1991, the National Law Journal named him as one of the country’s top 25 environmental lawyers and he is listed in Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business, Best Lawyers in America, DC Superlawyers, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in the World.
Elliott graduated with a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in 1970 and J.D. (first in class; 1974), from Yale University. Following graduation he was a law clerk for Gerhard Gesell in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and for Chief Judge David Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.