Bethany Davis Noll

Bethany Davis Noll

Executive Director

Bethany Davis Noll is an expert in admin­is­tra­tive and envi­ron­men­tal law and an expe­ri­enced lit­i­ga­tor. She is also an adjunct pro­fes­sor at NYU Law and co-chair of the Envi­ron­men­tal Law Com­mit­tee of the New York City Bar Asso­ci­a­tion. Pri­or to join­ing the Cen­ter, she was Lit­i­ga­tion Direc­tor at the Insti­tute for Pol­i­cy Integri­ty, where she wrote arti­cles, led ami­cus brief­ing in cas­es chal­leng­ing the Trump administration’s roll­backs of envi­ron­men­tal and oth­er rules, and ran Pol­i­cy Integrity’s Roundup: Trump-Era Agency Pol­i­cy in the Courts.” She pre­vi­ous­ly served as Assis­tant Solic­i­tor Gen­er­al in the New York State Attor­ney General’s Office, where she filed briefs in major envi­ron­men­tal cas­es in the Supreme Court and earned the Louis J. Lefkowitz Memo­r­i­al Award for her work. Bethany was also an asso­ciate at Debevoise & Plimp­ton LLP and served as a clerk for the Hon­or­able Chester J. Straub in the Sec­ond Cir­cuit Court of Appeals and for the Hon­or­able Shi­ra A. Scheindlin in the Dis­trict Court for the South­ern Dis­trict of New York. Bethany received a J.D. with dis­tinc­tion from Stan­ford Law School and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Barnard Col­lege. Bethany was born in Cos­ta Rica and she spent her child­hood in Venezuela.


Academic Articles & Reports

Mea­sur­ing the Ben­e­fits of Pow­er Plant Efflu­ent Reg­u­la­tion
(June 2022 • Insti­tute for Pol­i­cy Integri­ty • Con­tribut­ing Author)

Rule­mak­ing Devel­op­ments in 2021
(Win­ter 2022ABA Admin­is­tra­tive & Reg­u­la­to­ry Law News Co-Author)

Pres­i­den­tial Tran­si­tions: The New Rules
(Sep­tem­ber 2021Yale Jour­nal on Reg­u­la­tion • Co-Author)

Tired of Win­ning”: Judi­cial Review of Reg­u­la­to­ry Pol­i­cy in the Trump Era
(2021Admin­is­tra­tive Law Review • Author)

Rule­mak­ing Devel­op­ments in 2020
(Win­ter 2021ABA Admin­is­tra­tive & Reg­u­la­to­ry Law News Co-Author)

Mar­kets, Exter­nal­i­ties, and the Fed­er­al Pow­er Act: The Fed­er­al Ener­gy Reg­u­la­to­ry Commission’s Author­i­ty to Price Car­bon Emis­sions
(August 7, 2020Envi­ron­men­tal Law Reporter Co-Author)

Reg­u­la­tion in Tran­si­tion
(March 6, 2019Min­neso­ta Law ReviewCo-Author)

Mar­kets, Exter­nal­i­ties, and the Fed­er­al Pow­er Act
(Feb­ru­ary 22, 2019New York Uni­ver­si­ty Envi­ron­men­tal Law Jour­nal • Co-Author)

Dereg­u­la­tion: Process and Pro­ce­dures That Gov­ern Agency Deci­sion­mak­ing in an Era of Roll­backs
(Novem­ber 16, 2017Ener­gy Law Jour­nal • Co-Author)

Op-Eds and Analysis

A Dor­mant Threat to State Clean Ener­gy, Pub­lic Health Pro­grams
(Novem­ber-Decem­ber 2022The Envi­ron­men­tal Forum: In the Courts”)

Agen­cies Can Avoid Major Ques­tions Risks
(Novem­ber-Decem­ber 2022The Envi­ron­men­tal Forum: The Debate)

No Longer a Major Ques­tion About the Court’s New Direc­tion
(Sep­tem­ber-Octo­ber 2022The Envi­ron­men­tal Forum: In the Courts”)

A Bat­tle Over Major Ques­tions Is Brew­ing in the High Court
(March-April 2022The Envi­ron­men­tal Forum: In the Courts”)

With the ACE Rule Cert Grant, Where Is the Court Head­ed?
(Jan­u­ary-Feb­ru­ary 2022The Envi­ron­men­tal Forum: In the Courts”)

Instead of Hot Sum­mer’ for FERC, Com­mis­sion Lands in Hot Water
(Novem­ber-Decem­ber 2021The Envi­ron­men­tal Forum: In the Courts”)

The Biden Admin­is­tra­tion Can Learn From Trump-Era Court Loss­es
(Sep­tem­ber 29, 2021Bloomberg Law)

Last Ter­m’s High Court Deci­sions Hint at an Incre­men­tal Strat­e­gy
(Sep­tem­ber-Octo­ber 2021The Envi­ron­men­tal Forum: In the Courts”)

On Bal­ance: Ben­e­fit-Cost Lessons Learned
(August 2021Soci­ety for Ben­e­fit-Cost Analy­sis)

No Big News Yet From a Changed Court’s Envi­ron­men­tal Dock­et
(July-August 2021The Envi­ron­men­tal Forum: In the Courts” )

Social Cost of Car­bon Is a Case Study on Courts, Exec­u­tive Orders
(May-June 2021The Envi­ron­men­tal Forum: In the Courts” )

Dis­or­der in the Courts — More Than Usu­al Tran­si­tion Upheaval
(March-April 2021The Envi­ron­men­tal Forum: In the Courts” )

Rule­mak­ing Devel­op­ments in 2020

(Win­ter 2021Admin­is­tra­tive and Reg­u­la­to­ry Law News)

U.S. Domes­tic Cli­mate Pol­i­cy — Look­ing For­ward
(Win­ter 2021Euro­pean Asso­ci­a­tion of Envi­ron­men­tal and Resource Econ­o­mists)

How the Biden Admin­is­tra­tion Can Undo Trump’s Reg­u­la­to­ry Poli­cies
(Jan­u­ary 19, 2021The Bul­wark)

The Administration’s Record in the Courts
(Novem­ber 3, 2020The Hill)

Undo­ing the Reg­u­la­to­ry Poli­cies of the Trump Admin­is­tra­tion
(May 26, 2020The Reg­u­la­to­ry Review)

Reg­u­la­to­ry Roll­backs Have Changed the Nature of Pres­i­den­tial Pow­er
(March 16, 2020The Reg­u­la­to­ry Review)

More Bike Lanes, Not Just Post-Tragedy
(July 9, 2019New York Dai­ly News)

It’s a Bad Idea to Pick a Fight with Cal­i­for­nia on Car Emis­sions
(June 8, 2019San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle)

On Bal­ance: The Costs and Ben­e­fits of Dereg­u­la­tion
(May 29, 2019Soci­ety for Cost-Ben­e­fit Analy­sis)

Reg­u­la­to­ry Whack-A-Mole
(April 10, 2019Politi­co)

The Dis­trac­tion of Pruitt’s Scan­dals Is Gone but That Won’t Make Dereg­u­lat­ing Any Eas­i­er
(July 26, 2018The Hill)

Pruitt’s Dereg­u­la­tion Spree Has Cut Cor­ners
(July 31, 2017Slate)

Trump Fol­lows Through on Dereg­u­la­tion, but at What Cost?
(June 23, 2017The Hill)

Stealth Repeal: Trump’s Strat­e­gy to Roll Back Reg­u­la­tions Through Delay
(May 2, 2017The Hill)



The Proof is in the Poli­cies — 2021 Wins
(Decem­ber 2021 • Con­tribut­ing Author)