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Alfred Light, J.D., Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Program in Environmental Sustainability and
Professor of Law
 
Dr. Alfred R. (Fred) Light, an accomplished leader in the field of environmental law, holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Harvard (cum laude). He considers the most demanding college he ever attended to be Georgia Tech, where he majored in physics before transferring to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to obtain a bachelor’s degree in political science. He has been a professor of law at St. Thomas University since 1989, teaching civil procedure, constitutional law, environmental law and administrative law. Prior to teaching law, he practiced with the law firm of Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia, on their Energy & Environmental Team as an associate and later as counsel, working on such environmental litigation as the Times Beach dioxin litigation in Missouri and the Bluff Road hazardous waste site in South Carolina. He has represented the American Insurance Association in connection with amendments to the CERCLA (Superfund) statute in Congress. Professor Light has published numerous books and articles and, among many others, has held leadership roles with the American Bar Association and the American Society for Public Administration in the areas of tort law reform, energy, natural resources and the environment. His wife, Mollie, is a realtor. They have two sons: Joe, the older, is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal; the younger, Greg, is a paralegal in New York. And while he vaguely wishes the Florida Marlins well, his loyalties lie clearly with his home team, the Atlanta Braves.
 
Professor Light’s recent publications include: 
 
Keith Rizzardi, J.D., MPA
 
Visiting Assistant Professor
 
Keith W. Rizzardi, a Florida lawyer, is board certified in State & Federal Administrative Practice, serves on NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, and chaired The Florida Bar Government Lawyer Section. He has litigated before the Florida Supreme Court, and in Federal district and circuit courts from coast to coast. A former U.S. Department of Justice attorney, more recently, Mr. Rizzardi spent nearly four years as managing attorney for the South Florida Water Management District. He created and maintains ESAblawg (www.esablawg.com), the definitive ‘one-stop shop’ online resource for information regarding anything to do with the Endangered Species Act and wildlife, including notices in the Federal Register, courts and case law, State ESA resources, wildlife laws, Congressional research, as well as a host of riveting educational resources, links to research institutions and wildlife reports. He holds a Master of Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University, a J.D. with honors from University of Florida College of Law, and a B.A. from University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Married with three children, he is a devoted coach of peewee soccer at the YMCA.