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Caleb A. Jaffe

Unit: School of Law
Department: School of Law
Office location and address
570 Massie Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
J.D. University of Virginia School of Law 2001
M.A. University of Virginia 2001
B.A. Yale University 1995

Cale Jaffe is director of the Environmental and Regulatory Law Clinic. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Virginia, Jaffe was an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, a leading environmental law and policy organization working at national, state and local levels. From 2013 to 2016, he was director of the center’s Virginia office. He was part of the SELC team that won a unanimous victory before the Supreme Court of the United States in Environmental Defense v. Duke Energy, 549 U.S. 561 (2007), and he has litigated numerous energy-related cases before the Virginia State Corp. Commission. In 2014, Jaffe was appointed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to serve on the Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission.

Jaffe graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in American studies. He earned his J.D. and an M.A. in legal history from the University of Virginia. While a student at Virginia, he served as editor-in-chief of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal, and was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Raven Society. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Norman K. Moon of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia and Judge Roger L. Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

INST 2550: Interdisciplinary Studies Hereford College
Credits: 1–3
Individual faculty and advanced graduate students may teach these courses with the approval of the Dean's Office, which acts for the Committee on Education Policy and the Curriculum. A maximum of 3.0 credits count toward the B.A. or B.S. in the College. INST courses count as non-College credits.
LAW 7072: Professional Responsibility in Public Interest Law Practice
Credits: 2
This course will examine selected areas of professional responsibility, including the creation and termination of the attorney-client relationship, the scope of representation, conflicts of interests, confidentiality, and the attorney's ethical obligations during litigation. In addition, the course will address the attorney's relationships with the courts, the organized bar, and the community. Prerequisite:Enrollment not allowed in LAW 7071, 7072, 7134, or 7605 if any taken previously.
LAW 7141: Energy and the Environment
Credits: 3
This course will explore the legal and environmental issues in the development of energy resources.
LAW 8505: Clinical Topics
Credits: 1–5
A series of Law clinics. The series will be designated by different sections of the course.
LAW 8640: Environmental Law and Community Engagement Clinic
Credits: 5–6
The Environmental Law and Community Engagement Clinic fits within the Law School's Program in Law, Communities, and the Environment (PLACE). Students in this semester-long clinic have the opportunity to work on real-world environmental cases in a variety of venues - before courts, administrative agencies and public utility commissions.
LAW 8668: Advanced Environmental Law and Community Engagement Clinic
Credits: 2
This course focuses on the common economic problems, such as moral hazard, information asymmetry, and rent-seeking, that drive deal structuring and deal contracting. Students will apply economic tools, such as alternative contractual regimes, transaction costs, and risk-sharing to evaluate and solve economic problems in a variety of real-world deals.
LAW 8804: FT Externship: Directed Study
Credits: 3
This directed study is one part of a two-part full-time externship combining academic study and work experience under the supervision of a faculty member and an educational, charitable, governmental or nonprofit host organization.
LAW 8810: Directed Research
Credits: 1
Eligible students receive credit for serving as research assistants supervised by selected law school faculty members.
LAW 8811: Independent Research
Credits: 1
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.