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Hearing Officer Biography

Photo of J. Peter Byrne - Mayor's Agent Hearing Officer, Office of Planning

J. Peter Byrne is Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He teaches Property, Land Use, Natural Resources, and Historic Preservation. Professor Byrne holds degrees from Northwestern University and from the University of Virginia School of Law. He was a law clerk to Chief Judge Frank Coffin of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and for Associate Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. of the US Supreme Court; he practiced law with the DC firm of Covington and Burling. Professor Byrne has taught at Georgetown since 1985 and served as Associate Dean from 1997 until 2000. He currently is Faculty Director of the Georgetown Climate Center and of the Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Program. Professor Byrne is the author (with Sara Bronin) of Historic Preservation Law: Cases and Materials (2012), and of numerous law journal articles. He received a District of Columbia 2004 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation for his role in creating a website for the study of historic preservation law.