Visiting Practitioner-in-Residence in Environmental Law and
Special Professor of Law
J.D., Hofstra University School of Law
B.A., Ecology, Rutgers College, Rutgers University
Carol Casazza Herman, an ’84 graduate, recently rejoined Hofstra Law School as Visiting Practitioner-in-Residence in Environmental Law and Special Professor of Law. In this role, Professor Casazza Herman works with faculty, career services, and alumni relations to build a robust program for those students interested in a career in environmental law and sustainability. She also teaches Environmental Law and Commercial Transactions.
Ms. Casazza Herman is the founder of her own firm, Casazza Herman, LLC, which provides consulting services to business, public interest, and academic organizations in environmental policy and sustainability programs. She is an adjunct faculty member at Pace Law School teaching Climate Change and Corporate Practice and Columbia University teaching Policy and Legal Context of Sustainability Management.
Prior to forming her firm, she was Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety and Assistant General Counsel, at Pfizer Inc where she managed the company’s global environment, health and safety (EHS) program. In that capacity, she led a multi-disciplinary team of technical, legal, and medical professionals who supported business lines in the areas of compliance assurance, operational support, and stakeholder engagement. Previously at Pfizer, she headed the company’s EHS Legal Practice Group and provided counsel regarding business transactions, regulatory compliance, and policy advocacy. She also represented the pharmaceutical industry in the development of international environmental policy and has chaired the trade association’s international environmental policy work group. In addition, Ms. Casazza Herman was Project Counsel for New York University School of Law and New York Law School’s joint environmental policy reform initiative -- “Breaking the Logjam: Environmental Reform for the New Congress and Administration” where her responsibilities included outreach to Washington, DC and New York-based policy makers.
She started her career at the United States Environmental Protection Agency where she held positions first, as an Environmental Scientist and later, as Assistant Regional Counsel. She earned her undergraduate degree in ecology from Rutgers College of Rutgers University and her Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law. As a Hofstra law student, she founded the Environmental Law Society and interned at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Her public interest work has included board membership with the Environmental Law Institute and New York League of Conservation Voters. She serves her community as a member of the Larchmont, NY Committee on the Environment were she advances sustainability programs at the local and county level.