Driesen, David M. 1958-

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DRIESEN, David M. 1958-

PERSONAL: Born May 7, 1958, in New York, NY; son of George B. (a rabbi) and Susan (an editor) Driesen; married Jeanne C. Otten (a librarian), October 9, 1994; children: Mirrah, Kim, Mai. Ethnicity: "White." Education: Oberlin College, B.Mus., 1980; Yale University, M.Mus., 1983, J.D., 1989. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Jewish.


ADDRESSES: Offıce—College of Law, E. I. White Hall, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244; fax: 315-443-4141. E-mail—[email protected]


CAREER: Freelance trumpet performer and teacher, 1980-86; Washington State Supreme Court, law clerk to Justice Robert Utter, 1989-90; Office of the Washington State Attorney General, assistant attorney general in Special Litigation Division, 1990-91; Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, DC, project attorney with Air and Energy Program, 1992-94, senior project attorney, 1994-95; Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, assistant professor, 1995-99, associate professor of law, 1999—, member scholar at Center for Progressive Regulation, member of Center for Global Law and Practice, and affiliate of Center for Environmental Policy and Administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship. National Pollution Control Techniques advisory committee, member, 1993-96. Curso Internacional de Vera, Brasilia, Brazil, professor of music; University of Virginia, visiting instructor; State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, adjunct associate professor; speaker at other institutions, including University of California at Santa Barbara, Duke University, American University, Georgetown University, and State University of New York at Buffalo.


WRITINGS:

The Economic Dynamics of Environmental Law, MIT Press (Cambridge, MA), 2003.

Contributor to books, including Stumbling toward Sustainability, edited by John Dernbach, Environmental Law Institute (Washington, DC), 2002; Critical Issues in International Environmental Taxation: International and Comparative Perspectives, 2003; and Trade, Law, and Institutions, edited by James C. Hartigan, Blackwell Press (Malden, MA), 2003. Contributor of articles and reviews to law journals. Past editor, International Law Journal.


SIDELIGHTS: David M. Driesen told CA: "I write to influence the ideas that help shape public policy, especially in the environmental area. The idea of economic efficiency has had a significant and, in some ways, pernicious impact on environmental protection. Those of us who do not think that economic efficiency offers a very compelling ideal for public law must explain what values undergird sound law and policy. I try to do that in my writing.


"Before I went to law school, I performed music for a living. People sometimes ask me why I left a creative art to become a lawyer (actually, I did not entirely leave; I still play music). Music has scales, and good thinking about policy and law requires creativity. I always feel I have a very clear and good idea in mind when I sit down to write, but writing reveals the idea to me more clearly and fully, and it helps me identify and address potential problems with the idea. I love the process, especially the early drafting and the stylistic improvements. Only the footnoting seems a chore (my work is mostly academic). I try to put myself in the position of the reader, especially the skeptical reader, as I write. I just wish I had time to write up all my ideas."