Associate Professor, University of New Mexico School of Law
Cliff Villa teaches courses in environmental justice, environmental law, constitutional law, and clinical practice on the faculty of the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Law. Prior to joining UNM, Cliff spent more than 20 years as legal counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, through EPA offices in Washington, D.C.; Denver, Colorado; and Seattle, Washington. At EPA, Cliff’s practice focused on cleanup of contaminated sites as well as enforcement of federal laws such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. He also served as legal counsel for environmental justice matters and for response to emergencies and major incidents such as Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon. In addition to Environmental Justice: Law, Policy & Regulation (3rd ed. 2020), Cliff is the co-author of A Practical Introduction to Environmental Law (2017). An Albuquerque native, Cliff traces his roots in New Mexico back to the Atrisco Land Grant of 1692. Cliff earned a B.A. in English and economics from UNM and received his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.