Professor Sarah Fox co-authored the section on Environmental Policy in the most recent report of the Local Power & Politics Review. Like the others, the Environmental section is co-authored by a legal scholar and an issue advocate to explore the kinds of preemption challenges facing local governments hoping to take action on certain issues, including plastics pollution, hydraulic fracturing, and building electrification. The section concludes that there is a need to develop a more nuanced understanding of the particular political conditions that make preemption surrounding these issues so prevalent, as well as the circumstances that may allow local environmental action to move forward.
The report is a collaborative effort aimed at providing insights into current dynamics surrounding the state and local governmental relationship, including the widespread preemption of local authority by many states. The Review attempts to bridge the divide between researchers and research findings and advocates on a variety of subjects relevant to that state and local relationship, including Public Health; Local Fiscal Authority; Labor Policy; Environmental Policy; Civil Rights and Discrimination; Housing Policy; and Emerging Technologies.
Professor Fox joined the NIU Law faculty in 2017. Her primary research and teaching interests are at the intersections of environmental law, property and land use. Before coming to NIU, she worked as a clinical teaching fellow in the environmental law clinic at Georgetown University Law Center, where she represented numerous non-profit organizational clients and supervised student work on cases addressing environmental issues in state and federal court. She was also a litigation associate in the New York offices of Jones Day and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, and clerked for the Honorable Claire V. Eagan of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma.