Mary L. Lyndon
J.D., Northeastern University
LL.M., J.S.D., Columbia University/School of Law
Professor Lyndon teaches Environmental Law, International Environmental Law, the Environmental Law Seminar and Administrative Law. She has also taught Tort Law and the Toxic Torts Seminar. She received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and her LL.M. and J.S.D. from Columbia University, where she was the Julius Silver Fellow in Law, Science & Technology (1985).
Professor Lyndon’s main area of expertise is Environmental Law. She was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York, from 1979-1985, in the New York Law Department’s Environmental Protection Bureau. In that capacity she headed the group of attorneys working on air pollution problems, including acid rain, toxic air pollution and New York’s Clean Air Act compliance. She also worked on a wide range of other environmental problems. Professor Lyndon litigated at all levels of the state and federal courts. Among other matters, she developed and pursued an interstate enforcement action against a large industrial smelter immediately upwind of Staten Island. The plant eventually closed down, leaving a substantial legacy of hazardous waste in Carteret, New Jersey. Professor Lyndon also represented New York and the National Association of Attorneys General, developing legislative reforms and presenting testimony on them to state and federal legislative bodies.
Professor Lyndon’s scholarship spans a wide range of topics that are central to environmental law. These include the interaction of science and the law, the relationship between intellectual property, information economics and environmental law, and the development of ecological, public health and human rights perspectives. Her early writing concentrated on barriers to the production and availability of health, environmental and safety information, including the effects of trade secrecy and proprietary claims on the effectiveness of regulation.
Professor Lyndon has been active in the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the New York State Bar Association. She is a past Chair of the NYCBA Committee on International Environmental Law and a current member of the NYCBA’s Climate Change Task Force. She is also a member of the NYSBA’s Task Force on Environmental Aspects of the New York State Constitution. Professor Lyndon has also been active in the AALS and Law & Society and is a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform.
Professor Lyndon practiced communications law from 1974 until 1979, as General Counsel to the New Jersey Coalition for Fair Broadcasting and later as Corporate Counsel to New Jersey Bell Telephone Company and AT&T. In the first position, she conducted litigation before the Federal Communications Commission, challenging the VHF TV channel allocations for the Northeastern U.S. She developed a federal legislative initiative to move a channel to New Jersey and negotiated agreements on coverage of New Jersey by New York City and Philadelphia broadcasters. For the Bell System she represented the New Jersey operating company in rate cases before the state utility commission. In the federal antitrust challenge to the structure of the Bell System, she worked on AT&T's defenses to charges of predatory innovation in the development and use of long distance microwave technology.