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School of Law


Shelley Welton

Title: Associate Professor of Law
School of Law
Phone: 803-777-5662

1525 Senate Street
Room 237
Columbia, SC 29208


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Shelley Welton


Shelley Welton is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Her research focuses on how climate change is transforming energy and environmental law and governance. Her scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Michigan Law Review, New York University Law ReviewUniversity of Colorado Law Review, and Harvard Environmental Law Review, among other journals. At the University of South Carolina, she teaches Administrative Law, Energy Law, Environmental Law and Policy, and Climate Change Law.  

Prior to academia, Professor Welton worked as the Deputy Director of Columbia Law School's Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. She also clerked for Judge David Trager of the Eastern District of New York and Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. She received her Ph.D. in Law from Yale Law School, her J.D. from NYU School of Law, a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 


  • Administrative Law (LAWS 709)
  • Energy Law (LAWS 826)
  • Environmental Law & Policy (LAWS 731)
  • Climate Change Seminar (LAWS 734)

Selected Scholarship

  • Rethinking Grid Governance for the Climate Change Era, 109 Calif. L. Rev. ____ (forthcoming 2021), [SSRN]
  • Decarbonization in Democracy, 67 UCLA L. Rev. 56 (2020), [SSRN]
  • Clean Energy Justice: Charting an Emerging Agenda, 43 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. (2019) (with Joel Eisen), [SSRN]
  • Electricity Markets and the Social Project of Decarbonization, 118 Colum. L. Rev. 1067 (2018) [SSRN]
  • Grasping for Energy Democracy, 116 Mich. L. Rev. 581 (2018) [SSRN]
  • Public Energy, 92 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 267 (2017) [SSRN]
  • Clean Electrification, 88 U. Colo. L. Rev. 571 (2017) [SSRN]
  • Grid Modernization and Energy Poverty, 18 N.C. J. L. & Tech. 865 (2017) (invited symposium contribution) [SSRN]


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