Seema Kakade

Professor of Law and
Director, Environmental Law Clinic

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Seema Kakade joined Maryland Carey Law in July 2017 and is a professor of law and director of the Environmental Law Clinic (currently on leave of absence through July 2025 to serve in the White House Council on Environmental Quality). Professor Kakade’s research interests are in the area of clean energy infrastructure, environmental permitting, and pollution. She has published articles in top legal journals including the Harvard Environmental Law Review, Ecology Law Quarterly, New York University Environmental Law Review, and University of Colorado Law Review. Her legal practice in the clinic specifically focuses on environmental justice matters in the mid-Atlantic region where she has worked with students on critical writing, analysis, and speaking skills. In 2018, the clinic received the American Bar Association’s “best student program” award.

Prior to joining the law school, Professor Kakade served as a federal government attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Civil Enforcement, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of General Counsel. At both agencies, she won numerous awards for her work, including several bronze and silver medals for service, and twice received the Administrator’s Award for Excellence.

Before her federal government practice, she worked as a research attorney and co-director of the India Program at the Environmental Law Institute. She also spent time as a litigation associate in private practice. Professor Kakade holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a JD from the George Washington University Law School. She is the recipient of the 2019 Environmental Law Institute’s “Future’s Award” and is a fellow with the American College of Environmental Law. She is also an active member of multiple organizations dedicated to serving the greater Asian American community.

Book Chapters

An Overview of Climate Change Mitigation in the Industrial Sector of the United States, in Research Handbook on Climate Change Mitigation Law (Geert Van Calster et al. eds., 2015).


Environmental Evidence, 94 University of Colorado Law Review 757 (2023). Abstract

Defining Environmental Justice Communities, ABA Trends, Mar. 2023, at 9.

Environmental Enforceability, 30 N.Y.U. Environmental Law Journal 65 (2022). Abstract

Revitalizing Greenhouse Gas Permitting Inside a Biden EPA, 50 Environmental Law Reporter 10,384 (2021) (with Matt Haber). Abstract

Remedial Payments in Agency Enforcement, 44 Harvard Environmental Law Review 117 (2020). Abstract

Detecting Corporate Environmental Cheating, 47 Ecology Law Quarterly 771 (2020) (with Matt Haber). Abstract

Climate Change Law: An Introduction, 29 Energy Law Journal 1 (2008) (with John C. Dernbach).

Developing Effective Compliance Assistance Activities and Programs for Small Businesses in India and the United States, 35 Environmental Law Reporter 10,341 (2005).