Richard L. Ottinger,
Dean Emeritus of Pace Law School, has always been an ardent environmentalist and energy advocate. In his 16 years as a member of the United States House of Representatives, he authored a substantial body of energy and environmental laws. As Chair of the House Energy Conservation and Power Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, he was a pioneer in educating Members of Congress and the public in the advantages of energy efficiency and renewable energy, a founder of the Environmental & Energy Study Group, the largest non-partisan bicameral Congressional organization, that continues as the independent Environmental and Energy Study Institute in Washington, D.C,, serving on its Board of Directors.
He also serves on the Board of the National Council for Science and the Environment and is Chair of the Energy Law and Climate Change Specialty Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
In 1984, having retired from Congress, Mr. Ottinger came to Pace Law School where his impact on shaping environmental policy and inspiring new generations of environmental lawyers continues.
He served as Dean of the Law School from 1994 to 1999. Presently Dean Emeritus Ottinger serves as Co-director of the Pace Center for Environmental Legal Studies.
Most notably he is also Founder and Faculty Supervisor of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, a principal national and international advocate for clean energy and climate change remediation.
He is author or co-author of five treatises and some 100 law review articles, frequently cited by the Courts. Richard Ottinger earned his BA from Cornell University and a J.D. from the Harvard University School of Law.
He served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War was a founding staff member of the U.S. Peace Corps.