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Alison Gocke

Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellow, Lecturer in Law

Alison Gocke is a Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law. Her research lies primarily in the fields of environmental law, energy law, and administrative law, with a particular focus on the intellectual framework behind our environmental regulations. She is interested in examining those governance structures that play a central role in addressing environmental issues, with the aim of improving our systems' ability to tackle significant environmental crises like climate change.

Before becoming a Bigelow Fellow, Alison was an Associate Research Scholar at Yale Law School, where she co-directed the Environmental Protection Clinic. She was also previously a legal fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council and a law clerk to the Honorable Guido Calabresi on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She holds a BA from Princeton University and a JD and MS from Stanford University.


Stanford Law School

JD, 2018


  • Articles Editor, Stanford Law Review
  • Supreme Court Clinic
  • Research Assistant to Professors David Sklansky, Bob Weisberg, Greg Ablavsky
  • Director, Environmental Law Pro Bono
  • Co-Founder, SLS Women in Politics (Stanford University Diversity & Inclusion Grant)

Stanford University

MS in Environment and Natural Resources, 2018

Princeton University

BA summa cum laude in Intellectual and Cultural History, Minor in Environmental Studies, 2013


University of Chicago Law School

Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellow & Lecturer in Law, 2021-present

Yale Environmental Protection Clinic

Co-Director; Clinical Lecturer and Associate Research Scholar, New Haven, CT, August 2020 – August 2021

Natural Resources Defense Council

Yale/NRDC Legal Fellow, Washington, DC, August 2019 – August 2020

The Honorable Guido Calabresi, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Law Clerk, 2018-2019

Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP

Summer Associate, New York, NY, June-August 2016

Google, Nest Labs

Legal Intern, Palo Alto, CA, June-September 2015

Green Corps Environmental Organizing

Environmental Campaign Organizer, Boston, MA, June-September 2013

US House Committee on Natural Resources

Intern for ranking Democratic Representative Ed Markey, Washington, DC, June-August 2012

University of Virginia School of Law

Research Assistant to Professor Risa L. Goluboff, October 2010 – March 2011

  • Moderator, Annual Supreme Court Review and Preview, Environmental Law Institute (October 1, 2020)
  • Nodal Governance of the U.S. Electricity Grid, Santa Clara University, Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association (August 3, 2018)

Memberships and Professional Affiliations

  • Barred in New York

Awards and Honors

  • Gerald Gunther Prize for Outstanding Performance in Property Law, Comparative Law, Federal Indian Law, and Legal Ethics; Hilmer Oehlmann, Jr., Award in Federal Litigation
  • Kirkwood Moot Court 2015-16 Winner (Best Brief & Best Overall)
  • Pro Bono Distinction
  • Rhodes Scholar Finalist
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence
  • Law and Society Association Undergraduate Prize
  • Peter W. Stroh ’51 Environmental Senior Thesis Prize
  • Laurence Hutton Prize in History
  • C.O. Joline Prize in American History
  • Princeton Prize in American History
  • William Koren, Jr., Memorial Prize in History