Alfred Light

Alfred R. Light

Professor of Law Emeritus



St. Thomas University College of Law
Faculty Suite (209)
16401 NW 37th Ave
Miami Gardens, FL 33054


B.A., Johns Hopkins University
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude


Constitutional Law
Civil Procedure
Environmental Law

Alfred R. Light

Alfred R. (Fred) Light has been a member of the law faculty at St. Thomas University since 1989 and was granted Emeritus faculty status in 2019. Professor Light has recently taught courses in Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Environmental Law, and Legislation and Regulation. He also served as Interim Dean at St. Thomas Law from 1993-94. He previously taught in the Center for Public Service at Texas Tech University.

As a teacher and scholar in both law and political science, he has published a number of books and articles in the areas of federalism and intergovernmental relations, constitutional law, and environmental law. He has also practiced law with the international law firm of Hunton and Williams.

Professor Light is active in various bar associations and currently serves on the Local Arrangements Committee for the ABA Annual Meeting for the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER). From 2003-06, he was principal investigator on a grant to St. Thomas University from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency entitled, “Risk Communication in Community Participation: Comparing Regional Programs in South Florida” and recently served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Climate Change Officers. He is also on the Board of Advisor’s for BBNA’s Toxics Law Reporter, is a LEED Green Associate and a Certified Sustainability Manager.

Scholarship & Research


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Alfred R. Light, CERCLA Law and Procedure Supplement (1993, Bureau of National Affairs).

Alfred R. Light, CERCLA Law and Procedure Compendium (1992, Bureau of National Affairs).

Alfred R. Light, CERCLA Law and Procedure (1991, Bureau of National Affairs).

Alfred R. Light, Lawyer’s Guide to CERCLA (1991, Bureau of National Affairs).

Alfred R. Light, A lawyer’s overview of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA) (1986, Pasha Publications).

Book Chapters:

Alfred R. Light, Training First-Year Students to Work Like a Lawyer: A Sneaky ‘Virtual Classroom’ Experiment, in Teaching the Law School Curriculum 23 (Steven Friedland & Gerald F. Hess eds., 2004, Carolina Academic Press).

Alfred R. Light, Web-Enhanced Constitutional Law, in Teaching the Law School Curriculum 116 (Steven Friedland & Gerald F. Hess eds., 2004, Carolina Academic Press).

Alfred R. Light, Florida (Chapter 51), in Environmental Law Practice Guide: State and Federal Law 18780 (Michael B. Gerrard, ed., 2002, Matthew Bender) (Previous edition: 1992).

Alfred R. Light, More Equal Than Others: The United States Government Under CERCLA, in Rethinking the Superfund: It Costs Too Much; It’s Unfair; It must Be Fixed (John C. Butler, ed., 1991, ).

Alfred R. Light, CERCLA Developments During 1990 of Interest to Insurance Counsel, in Pollution Liability: Managing the Challenges of Coverage and Defense in 1991 39 (American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education, ed., 1991, ) American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education.

Alfred R. Light & Randy Mott, Dialogue on Mixed Funding, in Liability for Hazardous Waste Sites Under CERCLA (1988, Chemical Waste Litigation Reporter).

Alfred R. Light, The Reauthorization Parables, in Hazardous Waste Litigation After the RCRA and CERCLA Amendments (Randy Mott ed., 1987, Practising Law Institute).

Alfred R. Light, The National Energy Plan in the Congress, in New Dimensions to Energy Policy (Robert Lawrence ed., 1979, Lexington Books).

Alfred R. Light, Adversaries and Partners: Fiscal Federalism in North Carolina, in Politics and Policy in North Carolina 244 (Thad L. Beyle & Merle Black eds., 1975, Institute for Research in Social Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

Alfred R. Light, Fiscal Impacts of General Revenue Sharing, in Assessing the Impacts of General Revenue Sharing in the Fifty States: A Survey of State Administrators (Deil Spencer Wright; et al., 1975, ).


Alfred R. Light, David’s Five Smooth Stones: Cloud Technology for the Florida Consumer Lawyer, 5 St. Thomas J. on Complex Litigation 1 (2018).

Alfred R. Light, Avoiding the Contribution “Catch-22”: CERCLA Administrative Orders for Cleanup Are Civil Actions, 46(9) Envtl. L. Rep. 10791 (2016).

Alfred R. Light, CERCLA’s Contribution Protection Guidelines: A Problematic Policy That May Violate Due Process, 30(1) Nat. Resources & Env’t. 45 (2015).

Alfred R. Light, SARA’s State Procedural Reform: Reading CTS v. Waldburger through Canons of Statuory Interpretation, 45 Tex. Envtl. L. J. 167 (2015).

Alfred R. Light, Fracturing Moratoria Under the Dormant Commerce Clause: The Need to Shape Rather Than Resist the Shale Gale, 44(2) Envtl. L. Rep. 10035 (2014).

Alfred R. Light, Get Smart to Go Green? LEED Neighborhood Development and Sustainability, 7(1) Appalachian Nat. Resources L. J. 87 (2013).

Alfred R. Light, Regressing Toward Federal Common Law: The Catalytic Effect of CERCLA’s Private Cause of Action, 41(4) Sw. L. Rev. 661 (2012).

Alfred R. Light, The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility: The Superfund Myth and the Law of Unintended Consequences, 5(1) Golden Gate U. Envtl. L.J. 87 (2011). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, The Intergovernmental Relations of Water Policy and Management: Florida-Holland Parallels, 23 Tul. Envtl. L.J. 279 (2010). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, Reducing Nutrient Pollution in the Everglades Agricultural Area through Best Management Practices, Nat. Resources & Env’t, Vol. 25 No. 2, Fall 2010, at 26.

Alfred R. Light, Restatement for Arranger Liability under CERCLA: Implications of Burlington Northern for Superfund Jurisprudence, 11 Vt. J. Envtl. L. 371 (2009). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, Beyond the Myth of Everglades Settlement: The Need for a Sustainability Jurisprudence, 44 Tulsa L. Rev. 253 (2008). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, CERCLA’s Cost Recovery Statute of Limitations: Closing the Books or Waiting for Godot?, 16 Se. Envtl. L.J. 245 (2008). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, Risk Communication to Enhance Sustainability: Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making in South Florida, Int’l J. Envtl. Cultural Econ. Soc. Sustainability, V. 1 No. 2, 2006, at 95.

Alfred R. Light, Spark Plugs of Policy Implementation: Intergovernmental Relations and Public Participation in Florida’s Acceler8 Initiative to Speed Everglades Restoration, 30 Vt. L. Rev. 939 (2006). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, Tales of the Tamiami Trail: Implementing Adaptive Management in Everglades Restoration, 22 J. Land Use & Envtl. L. 59 (2006). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, Of Square Pegs, Round Holes and Recalcitrant Lying in the Weeds: Superfund’s Legal Lessons for Everglades Restoration, 12 Mo. Envtl. L. & Pol’y Rev. 91 (2005).

Alfred R. Light, Environmental Federalism in the United States and the European Union: A Harmonic Convergence?, 15 St. Thomas L. Rev. 321 (2002). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, Civil Procedure Parables in the First Year: Applying the Bible to think Like A Lawyer, 37 Gonz. L. Rev. 283 (2002). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, Miccosukee Wars in the Everglades: Settlement, Litigation, and Regulation to Restore an Ecosystem, 13 St. Thomas L. Rev. 729 (2001). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, Sovereignty Myths and Intergovernmental Realities: The Etiquette of Tribal Federalism, 14 St. Thomas L. Rev. 373 (2001). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, Bush v. Gore – Georgia Lived It Before: Pickrick and the Warren Court, 18 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 447 (2001). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, Minding the Law by Anthony G. Amsterdam and Jerome Bruner, 13 St. Thomas L. Rev. 415 (2000). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, Ecosystem Management in the Everglades, 14 Nat. Resources & Env’t 166 (2000).

Alfred R. Light, Conscripting State Law to Protect Volunteers: The Odd Formulation of Federalism in “Opt-Out” Preemption, 10 Seton Hall J. Sport L. 9 (2000). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, The Myth of Everglades Settlement, 11 St. Thomas L. Rev. 55 (1998). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, Lifting Printz Off Dual Sovereignty: Back to a Functional Test for the Etiquette of Federalism, 13 BYU J. Pub. L. 49 (1998). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, He Who Pays the Piper Should Call the Tune: Dual Sovereignty in U.S. Environmental Law, 4 Envtl. Law. 779 (1998). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, Déjà Vú All Over Again?: A Memoir of Superfund Past, Nat. Resources & Env’t, Fall, 1995, at 29.

Alfred R. Light, “The First Thing We Do…”: The ABA’s Resolution on CERCLA Reauthorization, 9 J. Nat. Resources & Envtl. L. 371 (1994). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, Superfund’s Second Master: The Uneasy Fit of Private Cost Recovery Within CERCLA, 6 St. Thomas L. Rev. 97 (1993). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, New Federalism, Old Due Process, and Retroactive Revival: Constitutional Problems With CERCLA’s Amendment of State Law, 40 U. Kan. L. Rev. 365 (1992). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, Antidote or Asymptote to Contribution: Non-Contractual Indemnity Under CERCLA, 21 Envtl. Law. 321 (1991). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, The Importance of “Being Taken”: To Clarify and Confirm the Litigative Reconstruction of CERCLA’s Text, 18 B.C. Envtl. Aff. L. Rev. 1 (1990). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, “Product Line” and “Continuity of Enterprise” Theories of Corporate Successor Liability Under CERCLA, 11 Miss. C. L. Rev. 63 (1990). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light, Federal Preemption, Federal Conscription Under the New Superfund Act, 38 Mercer L. Rev. 643 (1987). HeinOnline

Alfred R. Light & David O. Ledbetter, Process Overdue: The Erosion of Judicial Review Under Superfund, Fed. B. News & J., Jan. 1987, at 27.

Alfred R. Light, United States v. Thomas Jefferson IV, et al (A Superfund Story), 15 Envtl. F. 17 (1985).

Alfred R. Light & Manning Gasch Jr., Evolving Legal Remedies for Toxic Torts: An Overview, 4 Legal Notes & Viewpoints Q. 1 (1984) Reprinted in Toxic Tort Litigation (Manning Gasch Jr. ed., 1984, Practising Law Institute).

Alfred R. Light, Toxic Injury Compensation: One More Overview of Legislative Proposals, Nat. Resources L. Newsl. (American Bar Association, Chicago, IL), Spring 1983, at 2.

Alfred R. Light, Federalism, FERC v. Mississippi, and Product Liability Reform, Publius, Spring 1983, at 85.

Alfred R. Light, The Long Tail of Liability: Hazardous Waste Disposal Insurance and the Superfund Act’s Post-Closure Liability Trust Fund, 2 Va. J. Nat. Resources L. 179 (1982).

Alfred R. Light, State Severance Taxes Fuel Court Action and Congressional Debate, Publius, Summer 1981, at 85.

Alfred R. Light, The Governor’s Push for Emergency Energy Powers, Publius, Winter 1980, at 57.

Alfred R. Light, Introduction, The 1979 Energy Crisis Symposium, Publius, Winter 1980, at 43.

Alfred R. Light, Energy Policy: A New War Against the States, 3 S. Rev. Pub. Admin. 169 (1979).

Alfred R. Light, The Hidden Dimension of the National Energy Plan: Executive Policy Direction in Nuclear Waste Management, Publius, Winter 1979, at 169.

Alfred R. Light, The Legislated Role of the States National Energy Acts, Publius, Winter 1979, at 188.

Alfred R. Light, The Carter Administration’s National Energy Plan: Pressure Groups, and Organizational Politics in the Congress, 6 Pol’y Stud. J. 68 (1978).

Alfred R. Light, State Agency Perspectives on Federalism, 59 Soc. Sci. Q. 284 (1978).

Alfred R. Light, Intergovernmental Sources of Innovation in State Administration, 6 Am. Pol. Q. 147 (1978).

Alfred R. Light, Aggregation Effects in the Study of State Administrative Perspectives About Program Innovation, 5 Pol. Methodology 501 (1978).

Alfred R. Light, Drawing the Wagons in a Circle: Sectionalism and Energy Politics, Publius, Winter 1978, at 21.

Alfred R. Light & Deil S. Wright, The Indeterminants of State Revenue Sharing Expenditures: Reactions to the Havick Research Note, 39 L. Pol. 457 (1977).

Alfred R. Light, Federalism and the Energy Crisis: A View from the States, Publius, Winter 1976, at 81.

Additional Publications:

Alfred R. Light, EPA’s ‘Back to the Future’ Model Administrative Orders: Statutory Limits on Resolving Future CERCLA Liability, 31(18) Toxics L. Rep (BNA) 1 (May 5, 2016).

Alfred R. Light, The CERCLA Contribution Protection Racket: EPA Can Only Settle Its Own Claims, Not Private Party Claims, 29 Toxics L. Rep (BNA) 984 (November 6, 2014).

Alfred R. Light, Designing the Gulf Coast Claims Facility in the Shadow of the Law: A Template From the Superfund §301(e) Report, 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis (Envtl. L. Inst.) 11121 (Nov. 2010).

Alfred R. Light, Protocols for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility: An Etiquette of Equivocation, 25 Toxics L. Rep (BNA) 985 (Sept. 23, 2010).

Alfred R. Light, Apportioning Costs by Causation After “Burlington Northern”: Superfund Meets NCIS, 24 Toxics L. Rep (BNA) 948 (August 6, 2009).

Alfred R. Light, Restatement for Joint and Several Liability Under CERCLA After ‘Burlington Northern’, 39 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis (Envtl. L. Inst.) 11058 (Nov. 2009).

Alfred R. Light, “Minimum Contacts” Under CERCLA: Joint and Several “Generator” Liability and the Fifth Amendment, 24 Toxics L. Rep (BNA) 545 (April 23, 2009).

Alfred R. Light, CERCLA’s Wooden Iron: The Contribution Counterclaim, 23 Toxics L. Rep (BNA) 642 (July 24, 2008).

Alfred R. Light, The Waiter at the Party: A Parable of Ecosystem Management in the Everglades, 36 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis (Envtl. L. Inst.) 10771 (Oct. 2006).

Alfred R. Light, CERCLA’s Snark: Contribution Protection, Review Preclusion, and the Government Defendant, 19 Toxics L. Rep (BNA) 538 (June 10, 2004).

Alfred R. Light, Federal Statutes of Limitation for State Law Claims: Jinks in the Search for Constitutional Limitations, 18 Toxics L. Rep (BNA) 225 (Mar. 6, 2003).

Alfred R. Light, Federal Statutes of Limitation for State Law Claims: A ‘Reverse Erie’ Theory for Constitutional Limits?, 18 Toxics L. Rep (BNA) 601 (June 26, 1003).

Alfred R. Light, “Taking” CERCLA Seriously: The Constitution Really Does Not Limit Retroactive Liability, 13 Toxics L. Rep (BNA), at 238 July 15, 1998.

Alfred R. Light, Taking Olin Seriously: Can CERCLA’s Constitutional Infirmities Be Remedied?, 11 Toxics L. Rep (BNA) 94 (June 19, 1996).

Alfred R. Light, Illuminating Irrationality: Self-Deception and Superfund Law Part 2, 7 Toxics L. Rep (BNA), at 722 Nov. 11, 1992.

Alfred R. Light, Illuminating Irrationality: Behavioral Research and the Superfund Law Part 1, 7 Toxics L. Rep (BNA), at 694 Nov. 4, 1992.

Alfred R. Light & David M. McGee, Preenforcement, Preimplementation, and Postcompletion Preclusion of Judicial Review Under CERCLA, 22 Envtl. L. Rep. (Envtl. L. Inst.) 10397 (June 1992).

Alfred R. Light, Slamming the Doehr on Government: Unconstitutional Preclusion of Judicial Review, 6 Toxics L. Rep (BNA), at 765 1991.

Alfred R. Light, Sweetheart, Goodnight?, 4 Toxics L. Rep (BNA), at 695 1989.

Alfred R. Light, U.S. v. Monsanto: Inconsistency in the Government’s Position on the Timing of CERCLA’s Contribution Claims, 19 Envtl. L. Rep. (Envtl. L. Inst.) 10163 (Apr. 1989).

Alfred R. Light, A Legal Theory to Allocate CERCLA Risks: Evening the Odds in Environmental Litigation, 3 Toxics L. Rep (BNA), at 1439 1989.

Alfred R. Light, When EPA Makes a Superfund Mistake: Judicial Review Problems Under SARA, 17 Envtl. L. Rep. (Envtl. L. Inst.) 10148 (May 1987).

Alfred R. Light et al., Hurricane SARA: An Introduction to the 1986 Superfund Amendments, 1 Toxics L. Rep (BNA), at 1104 1987.

Alfred R. Light, Note, SARA’s Consequences: The Emerging Legal Debate Over Liability, Contribution, and Administrative Law, Toxics L. Rep (BNA), June 3, 1987, at 22 Reprinted in Hazardous Waste Litigation After the RCRA and CERCLA Amendments (Randy M. Mott ed. 1987).

Alfred R. Light, A Modest Proposal to Codify the “Fair and Just” View of the Justice Department on CERCLA, 16 Envtl. L. Rep. (Envtl. L. Inst.) 10064 (Mar. 1986).

Alfred R. Light, Eleven Ways the Senate Settlement Methods Will Help Superfund’s Hazardous Waste Cleanup Program, 1 Toxics L. Rep (BNA), at 145 July 16, 1986.

Alfred R. Light, A Defense Counsel’s Perspective on Superfund, 15 Envtl. L. Rep. (Envtl. L. Inst.) 10203 (July 1985).

Alfred R. Light, A Comparison of the 301(e) Report and Some Pending Legislative Proposals, 15 Envtl. L. Rep. (Envtl. L. Inst.) 10203 (March 1984).

Alfred R. Light, Nat’l Sci. Found., PRA Res. Rep. 83-8, An addendum to a research report on Compensation for victims of toxic pollution : assessing the scientific knowledge base (1983).

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