Katherine Trisolini

Katherine Trisolini, Professor of Law

Professor of Law

Courses Taught

  • Property
  • Climate Change Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Local Governments and the Environment



  • BA, Oberlin College
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley
  • JD, with distinction, Stanford Law School


Trisolini is a Professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Professor Trisolini’s scholarship focuses on climate change and energy law, local environmental governance, and administrative regulation.  She has spoken and written on these topics in a wide range of contexts.  Her articles have appeared in the Yale Journal of Law and Public Policy, Stanford Law Review, Colorado Law Review, the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, and the San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law, amongst other places. She teaches Environmental Law, Property, Climate Change and seminars on Local Environmental Governance. Prior to joining Loyola’s faculty, Trisolini held a teaching and research fellowship in environmental law at UCLA School of Law.  

Before entering academia, Professor Trisolini practiced environmental law and land use law at Chatten-Brown & Carstens in Santa Monica and at Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger in San Francisco.  She clerked for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and for the Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall, Central District of California.

Trisolini graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School where she served as a teaching assistant for Dean Paul Brest’s course on Decision-making and Professional Judgment as well as for Professor Lawrence Friedman’s undergraduate political science class on American law. She was an editor of the Stanford Law Review and the Stanford Journal of International Law. During law school she worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of General Counsel, and the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants’ Rights Project. She holds a MA in Political Science from University of California at Berkeley and a BA from Oberlin College.

Law Review Publications:

Book Chapters & Shorter Works:

  • Divided Court Rejects EPA Regulation Limiting Hazardous Power Plant Emissions, Trends, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Newsletter, November/December 2015
  • Cities, Land Use and the Global Commons: Genesis Power and the Urban Politics of Climate Change, (with J. Zasloff) in Adjudicating Climate Change: Sub-national, National, and Supra-national Approaches, W. Burns and H. Osofsky eds., Cambridge Univ. Press (2009)
  • What Local Climate Change Plans Can Teach Us About City Power, 36 Fordham Urb. J.863 (2009) (invited commentary for Cooper-Walsh Colloquium: The Future of the American City); reprinted with permission as a book chapter in Local Climate Change and Society, Mohamed Salih ed., Routledge (2012)
  • NEPA, CEQA, and Climate Change, 2007 Env. L. Rep. 213 (lead article)
  • The Endangered Species Act and Intrastate Species: Recent Commerce Clause Challenges to Federal Power to Protect Biodiversity, 2005 Env. L. Rep. 101 (lead article)