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Heather E Payne

Associate Professor of Law


Professor Heather Payne is an emerging leader in the areas of energy law, environmental law, evolving regulatory policy, and the implications for property, both real and intellectual. A former chemical engineer and corporate executive, she brings a deep understanding of both the technical and economic implications of policies to address new realities in a carbon- and water-constrained world. Employing both empirical and qualitative measures, her research explores regulatory policy, the changes necessary to implement the electricity grid of the future, and how consumers will become increasingly involved in the decision-making of regulatory bodies. In addition, her work asks whether coming regulatory changes will be in the public interest.

Her articles have been published in Environmental Law, William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, Idaho Law Review, Pace Law Review, and the University of San Francisco Law Review. Forbes called her research "critical reading for anyone who’s interested in regulated electric utilities (or invests in them)."

Before joining the Seton Hall law faculty in 2018, Professor Payne was Fellow and Assistant Director of the Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics (CE3) at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Prior to entering academia, she clerked for Judge Martha Geer on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, interned with The Southern Environmental Law Center and The Nature Conservancy, and worked with Sears Holdings Corporation and Honeywell International. Professor Payne holds a BChE in Chemical Engineering where she graduated with High Honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a J.D. from University of North Carolina School of Law, where she graduated with High Honors and served as a member of the North Carolina Law Review and Symposium Editor for Environmental Law Project.