Michael W. Wara is an associate professor at Stanford Law School where he teaches environmental law and policy, international environmental law, and energy law. His current research focuses on topics including: implementation of emissions trading systems; regulatory aspects of grid integration of renewable energy; and the interaction between privacy concerns, the consumer relationship, and innovation in the smart meter context. Previously, he was an associate at Holland & Knight, LLP. He holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a B.A. from Columbia University. His doctoral research focused on the interaction between long-term shifts in global climate and tropical ocean/atmosphere dynamics.