Mary L. Lyndon
Professor Lyndon teaches Environmental Law, International Environmental Law and related courses. She is the Chair of the Committee on International Environmental Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Before joining the law faculty at St. John’s, Professor Lyndon practiced broadcasting, telecommunications and environmental law. She received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and her J.S.D. from Columbia University, where in 1985 she was the Julius Silver Fellow in Law, Science & Technology.
Professor Lyndon’s areas of interest include science and 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 on the effectiveness of regulation.
Professor Lyndon practiced communications law from 1974 until 1979. First, as General Counsel to the New Jersey Coalition for Fair Broadcasting, 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. Later she was corporate counsel to New Jersey Bell Telephone Company and AT&T. 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 and 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 active in the New York State Bar Association and Law & Society. She is also a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform.