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 and Administrative Law. Before joining the law faculty at St. John’s, Professor Lyndon practiced environmental and communications law. She received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and her LL.M. J.S.D. from Columbia University, where she was the Julius Silver Fellow in Law, Science & Technology (1985).
Professor Lyndon’s areas of interest include science and the law, the relationship between intellectual property and environmental law, and the development of ecological, public health and human rights perspectives in the law. Her writing has concentrated on the production and availability of health, environmental and safety information and the effects of trade secrecy and proprietary claims effectiveness of regulations.
Professor Lyndon also 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 channel allocations for the Northeast; she also developed a federal legislative initiative to move a channel to New Jersey and negotiated agreements on coverage of New Jersey by New York and Philadelphia broadcasters. In the second position, she represented the 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 defense to the charge of predatory innovation in the development of the long distance microwave system.
From 1979 until 1985 Professor Lyndon was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York. In that capacity she headed a group of attorneys working on acid rain, toxic air pollution and a wide range of other environmental problems. She litigated at all levels of the state and federal courts including representing the State of New York in an enforcement action against a large industrial smelter upwind of Staten Island. She presented testimony before state and federal legislative committees on behalf of New York and the National Association of the Attorneys General.
In addition to her committee work with the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Professor Lyndon is a past Chair of the Committee on International Environmental Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, is active in the New York State Bar Association, the AALS and in Law & Society. She is also a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform.