Isaac Cheng is one of the supervising attorneys in the Environmental Law Clinic. At the clinic, he helps second- and third-year law students refine their writing skills – and learn strategic advocacy — in a broad range of environmental matters, including administrative proceedings and complex civil litigation in the state and federal courts. He also helps train students to speak at client meetings, public hearings, and oral argument. Before joining Stanford Law School, Isaac was an Assistant Attorney General for eight years in the Environmental Protection Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office where he investigated and prosecuted violations of state and federal environmental laws such as the Clean Water and Air Acts and state solid waste and conservation laws. He also defended environmental permits and programs, and oversaw the remediation of past environmental violations. He joined the Attorney General’s Office directly after law school through its Honors program. During law school, Isaac also worked at Environmental Defense Fund on several appellate cases and briefly as a transactional attorney in London and Hong Kong.
Isaac received his J.D. from New York University Law School, and before that, graduated from Yale University with a dual degree in Economics and Environmental Studies. In his off-time, he enjoys rock climbing, road biking and winter camping.