Stephanie Tai

Associate Professor of Law


Stephanie Tai focuses her scholarly research on the interactions between environmental and health sciences and administrative law. She has written on the consideration of scientific expertise and environmental justice concerns by administrative and judicial systems, and currently explores the role of scientific dialogues in food systems regulation.  She is also beginning to examine in the role of scientific studies in private governance.  She was an adjunct law professor at Georgetown from 2002-2005 and a visiting professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law during the 2005-06 academic year. Her teaching interests include administrative law, environmental law, food systems law, environmental justice, risk regulation, contracts, and comparative Asian environmental law.
Raised in the South by two chemists, she decided to combine her chemistry background with a legal education to improve the use of science in environmental protection. At Georgetown, she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review and was a member of the Georgetown Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Team.

After graduating from Georgetown, Professor Tai worked as the editor-in-chief of the International Review for Environmental Strategies, a publication by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Japan. She also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ronald Lee Gilman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She then worked as an appellate attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she briefed and argued cases involving a range of issues, from the protection of endangered cave species in Texas to the issuance of dredge and fill permits under the Clean Water Act.  From 2013-2014 she served as a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow as a researcher in the Federal Judicial Center.

During the summer before joining the Wisconsin Law School faculty, Professor Tai teamed up with several other law professors to work on two Supreme Court amicus briefs: one for a group of legislators in Environmental Defense v. Duke Energy Corp., No. 05-0848, and another for a group of scientists in Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency, No. 05-1120. She still continues to write amicus briefs, representing commercial fishers in Entergy Corp. v. Environmental Protection Agency, Nos. 07-588, 07-589, 07-597; organic farmers in Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms, No. 09-475; and former senior environmental agency officials in Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Nos. 11-338, 11-347. 

She spends her leisure time lifting weights, boxing, reading fiction, listening to terrible pop punk, scouring farmers' markets, and annoying her pet iguana.

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