Michael A. Livermore is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Virginia where he teaches and writes in the areas of environmental law and administrative law.
Prior to joining the faculty at UVA, Livermore spent five years as the founding executive director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law, a think tank dedicated to improving the quality of government decision-making through advocacy and scholarship in the areas of administrative law, cost-benefit analysis, and regulation. Livermore remains a non-resident senior advisor at Policy Integrity.
Livermore earned his J.D. magna cum laude from NYU Law, where he was a Furman Scholar, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and served as a managing editor of the Law Review. After law school, he spent a year as a fellow at NYU Law's Center on Environmental and Land Use Law before clerking for Judge Harry T. Edwards on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Prior to law school, Livermore began his career working for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) where he directed a campaign to refinance and improve New York State’s toxic site remediation program.
Livermore is the author, with Richard L. Revesz, of Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Our Health (Oxford University Press, 2008). Praised as "an important book" and "essential reading for the thinking environmentalist," the book argues that properly conducted cost-benefit analysis can be used to shape regulations that will create a clean environment and a thriving economy.
Livermore's views on regulatory policy have been featured in BusinessWeek, Forbes, The Diane Rehm Show, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Republic, Grist and Time.