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, rejoined Hofstra Law School (HLS) as Visiting Practitioner-in-Residence in Environmental Law and Special Professor of Law from 2009 to 2013. In this role, Professor Casazza Herman worked with faculty, career services, and alumni relations to build HLS’s robust program for those students interested in a career in environmental law and sustainability. She continues to lecture at the law school and taught Environmental Law and Commercial Transactions and Ecuador Field Study: Special Issues in International Environmental Law.
Ms. Casazza Herman is a member of the Ernst & Young (EY) Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice. As a seasoned sustainability and environmental, health and safety (EHS) professional she has broad and deep environmental sustainability experience having held positions in a global corporation, law, academia and government.
She was a former Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Global EHS at Pfizer Inc where she managed the company’s worldwide EHS program. She led a multi-disciplinary team who supported the business in the areas of EHS compliance assurance, operational support and stakeholder interactions during a time of increasing scale and dynamic growth. She previously, headed the company’s EHS legal practice group and provided counsel on local, national, and international issues in business transactions, regulatory compliance and policy advocacy.
Prior to joining EY, she founded her own firm, Casazza Herman, LLC, which provided environmental sustainability consulting services to business, public interest, and academic organizations. 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.
Her academic experience also includes teaching law and policy at Columbia University in an innovative program in sustainability management and as an adjunct faculty member at Pace University School of Law she taught Climate Change and Corporate Practice.
She started her career at the United States Environmental Protection Agency where she held positions first as an Environmental Scientist (CAA compliance and permitting) and then as an Assistant Regional Counsel (CERCLA, RCRA and TSCA enforcement).
She earned her undergraduate degree in ecology from Rutgers College of Rutgers University and her juris doctorate from HLS. As a HLS student, she founded the Environmental Law Society and interned at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Her public interest workhas 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.