Jayni Hein

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service

Jayni Foley Hein is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service.  She is also the Policy Director at the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law, where she leads projects focused on federal natural resources and climate change. She has authored numerous reports, articles, and op-eds, with scholarly work published in the Alaska Law Review, Berkeley Technology Law Journal, and Georgetown Environmental Law Review. She previously served as Executive Director of UC Berkeley School of Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, where she co-authored a major study on hydraulic fracturing in California and testified before the California legislature on environmental and rail safety issues. She also served as an attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP in San Francisco, where her practice focused on environmental and regulatory law. Her views and commentary have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and National Geographic.

Jayni earned her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, and her B.A. from the University of Virginia.  

This course provides an introduction to energy policy in the United States, with a focus on federal natural resources issues. The course will explore the federal regulatory framework for leasing oil, natural gas, and coal, including an overview of the primary statutes that govern energy production. The course will also examine the balance among federal, state, and local government in regulating natural resources. Finally, the course will survey renewable energy development, international energy and climate policy, and the role of politics, media, and non-governmental organizations.

The course will also provide an overview of the federal rulemaking process and recommendations for effective engagement in regulatory and policymaking process. Case studies and discussion will draw on timely topics to illustrate general principles, including Arctic leasing, fracking moratoria, and political rhetoric on energy and climate policy. Students will leave this course with a greater understanding of historical and modern trends in energy production, relevant regulatory frameworks, methods for engaging in the regulatory process, and regulatory design.

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