Thomas O. McGarity

  • Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair in Administrative Law


  • JD University of Texas at Austin
  • BA Rice

Areas of Specialty

A former Articles Editor of the Texas Law Review, Professor McGarity is a leading scholar in the fields of both administrative law and environmental law. He also teaches torts. He has written five influential books: The Preemption War: When Federal Bureaucracies Trump Local Juries, (Yale University Press 2008), Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research, (Harvard University Press 2008) (co-author), Workers at Risk (Praeger, 1993) (co-author), The Law of Environmental Protection (West, 2nd ed., 1991) (co-author), and Reinventing Rationality: The Role of Regulatory Analysis in the Federal Bureaucracy (Cambridge, 1991). His recent articles include "Hazardous Air Pollutants, Migrating Hot Spots, and the Prospect of Data-Driven Regulation of Complex Industrial Complexes," 86 Tex. L. Rev. 1445 (2008). He is the immediate past president of the Center for Progressive Reform.

Recent Publications

  • Science and Policy in Setting National Ambient Air Quality Standards: Resolving the Ozone Enigma [Symposium: Science Challenges for Law and Policy], 93 Texas Law Review 1783 (2015).
  • But What About Texas? Climate Disruption Regulation in Recalcitrant States [Symposium: Climate Regulation Under the Clean Air Act], 39 Harvard Environmental Law Review 79 (2015).
  • Still Free to Harm: A Response to Professor Farber, 92 Texas Law Review 1629 (2014).

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Recent Activities

  • Presentation

    April 20, 2007

    Lewis and Clark Law School

    On April 20th, delivered a paper on Regulation versus Litigation in Reducing Toxics Risks at a conference on "Law, Science and the Environment" at Lewis and Clark Law School.

  • Graylin Lecture

    April 5, 2007

    Wake Forest Law School

    On April 5th, delivered the Graylin Lecture at Wake Forest Law School titled "Bending Science: How Advocates Manipulate Science and Why They Get Away with It."

  • Conference Attendance

    March 3, 2007

    University of North Carolina School of Law

    On March 3rd, attended a conference on Corporate Power and Corporate Governance at the University of North Carolina School of Law.

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