Stanford University
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(Photo courtesy of Michael V. Levin)

Helping people and the planet

Michael V. LevinMS-JD ’19Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources


At 19 years old, just days after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, Michael V. Levin began his first year of law school at Columbia University. After that, he transferred to Stanford Earth’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER), “a perfect complement to my law studies,” he said.

“So much had to go right for this to happen,” said Levin, MS-JD ’19. “It’s more than just my hard work. Lots of people work hard, but not everyone gets so lucky.”

Levin is a first-generation college graduate who holds an AA in mathematics from College of the Canyons and a BA in economics from Berkeley. At Stanford, he took classes and participated in activities that developed his interests in clean energy resources, climate migration and human rights. He also found opportunities for public-private sector collaboration on sustainability projects. “I could spend ten lifetimes at Stanford and still not get to do everything I want to do," he said.

Following graduation, Michael will be joining Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's technology companies practice group in Santa Monica, Calif. Orrick counsels many of the world's most innovative emerging technology companies, including those in cleantech and energy resources development.

“I’m awed by these thinkers and doers who are innovating solutions for the world’s most intractable problems,” he said. “I’m really excited at the prospect of helping founders succeed because their success means we’ll be helping people and the planet, too.”

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