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Bruce Myers

Bruce Myers
Senior Attorney
(202) 939-3809

Bruce Myers works on the Institute’s U.S. and international programs. He launched and co-directs ELI's Industrial Agriculture Law & Policy Center. His domestic legal and policy research focuses on water quality protection, the impacts and legal regulation of industrial agriculture, constitutional environmental law, the intersection of animal and environmental law, climate change (mitigation and adaptation), and toxics regulation reform. He staffs ELI's Program on the Constitution, Courts, and Legislation and has examined constitutional challenges to environmental statutes, cooperative federalism, and citizen access to justice. He has researched federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act and aspects of the federal pollution permitting and TMDL programs.

His international expertise is in Africa. He has played a key role in the Liberia Forest Initiative, which has worked to reform that post-conflict nation’s forest sector through implementation of a comprehensive program of legal and institutional reforms. He has trained representatives of nongovernmental organizations, government, and industry in South Africa and Kenya on environmental advocacy.

Myers has nearly twelve years of experience with the Institute. He practiced law at a large Washington, DC, law firm, and he served as a law clerk to Senior Judge Edward Rafeedie of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, at Los Angeles. He is admitted to practice law in California and Washington, DC, and he speaks French. He is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law.

Media Guide


  • Water: wetlands, Clean Water Act jurisdiction, pollution permitting, and water quality/TMDLs
  • Industrial Agriculture: water pollution, climate, and human/animal health and welfare
  • Climate Change: agricultural emissions, mitigation & adaptation
  • Constitutional: constitutional environmental law, federalism, access to courts
  • Chemicals: Toxic Substances Control Act, toxicity testing reform
  • International: intranational foreign laws—Liberia


  • J.D. (Dillard Scholar and Order of the Coif), University of Virginia, 1996
  • B.A. with Highest Distinction (Phi Beta Kappa), International Relations and French, University of Virginia, 1993

Selected Publications

Joyce Tischler and Bruce Myers, “Animal Protection and Environmentalism: The Time Has Come to Be More than Just Friends,” in What Can Animal Law Learn from Environmental Law? Environmental Law Institute Press (forthcoming fall 2015).

Bruce Myers and Linda Breggin, “Tackling the Problem of CAFOs and Climate Change: A New Path to Improved Animal Welfare?” in What Can Animal Law Learn from Environmental Law? Environmental Law Institute Press (forthcoming fall 2015).

Bruce Myers, “Getting Serious about Greenhouse Gas Emissions from U.S. Livestock Production,” Agricultural Management Committee Newsletter, American Bar Association/Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (forthcoming 2015).

Bruce Myers, “Livestock’s Hoof Print,” cover story on how meat and dairy production contribute to climate change, The Environmental Forum (March/April 2014); reprinted as ELI Policy Brief #8 (Feb. 2014).

Brian Korpics, Jay Austin, and Bruce Myers, “Shifting the Debate: In Defense of the Equal Access to Justice Act,” 43 Environmental Law Reporter 10985 (Nov. 2013) [selected as Best ELR Article of the Year for 2013 and reprinted in The Environmental Forum (July/Aug. 2014)].

Linda Breggin and Bruce Myers, “Subsidies with Responsibilities: Placing Stewardship and Disclosure Conditions on Government Payments to Large-Scale Commodity Crop Operations,” 37 Harvard Environmental Law Review 487 (2013).

Environmental Law Institute, State Constraints: State-Imposed Limitations on the Authority of Agencies to Regulate Waters Beyond the Scope of the Clean Water Act, a 50-state study (May 2013) (lead researcher and drafter).

Bruce Myers and Paul Locke, “Modernizing U.S. Chemicals Laws: How the Application of Twenty-First Century Toxicology Can Help Drive Legal Reform,” 20 N.Y.U. Environmental Law Journal 35 (2012).

The Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Handbook, Second Edition, Environmental Law Institute (May 2012).

Bruce Myers and Jay Austin, “Chapter 2: The Commerce Clause: Foundation for U.S. Environmental Law,” in Principles of Constitutional Environmental Law, jointly published by the American Bar Association and Environmental Law Institute Press (2011).

Liberian Forestry Reform Law Implementing Regulations, issued by the Liberian Forestry Development Authority (2007) (co-drafter and reviewer).

Jay Austin and Bruce Myers, Anchoring the Clean Water Act: Congress’s Constitutional Sources of Power to Protect the Nation’s Waters, legal white paper, Environmental Law Institute (July 2007); reprinted as “Issue Brief” of the American Constitution Society (Sept. 2007).

National Forestry Reform Law of 2006 (Republic of Liberia) (co-drafter and reviewer).

Brief of Environmental Law Institute as Amicus Curiae, Rapanos v. United States, U.S. Supreme Court Nos. 04-1043, 04-1384 (filed Jan. 2006) (co-drafter).