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Olga L. Moya

Olga Moya

Professor of Law

B.A., The University of Texas
J.D., The University of Texas School of Law

Areas of Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Toxic Torts


Office: 619T

Other areas of interest: coastal zone

Olga L. Moya is a tenured law professor at South Texas College of Law Houston in Houston, Texas. She teaches environmental law, international environmental law, administrative law, toxic torts, and property law courses. Moya writes and lectures on many environmental topics of interest to international, national, and state organizations. She has published two books, Federal Environmental Law: The User’s Guide (with Fono), West Publishing Co., 1997; Second Edition, West Group, 2001, Third Edition forthcoming in 2009. Prior to becoming a law teacher in 1992, Moya served as Assistant Regional Counsel for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region VI, Dallas, Texas; Attorney for the Texas Department of Agriculture, Austin, Texas; and as Legislative Attorney for the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus, Texas House of Representatives, Austin, Texas.

Professor Moya served as President of Scenic Houston from 2007-2009. She has also served as a member of Mayor Lee Brown’s Hispanic Advisory Council and as a Board of Director for the Houston Hispanic Bar Association, the Harris County Metropolitan Transit Authority, and the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System Foundation. In addition, in 1995, she served as a U.S. Delegate to the United Nations Conference on the Environment for the Caribbean and Latin America.

Honors awarded to Professor Moya include Distinguished Minority Alumni, University of Texas School of Law, 1997; Who’s Who in America, 1997; Who’s Who of American Women, 1997; Who’s Who in American Law, 1996 and 1997; National Top 12 Hispanics in Law, 1996; Local Hero, Houston Bar Association, 1996; International Who’s Who of Professionals, 1995; Law Professor of the Year, Hispanic National Bar Association, 1995; Excellence Award, 1995 and 1996; and Volunteer of the Year, George H. Hermann Society, 1995.

She earned her J.D. in 1984 and her B.A. in 1981 from the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Moya is a native of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas where most of her family still resides.


Adopting an Environmental Justice Ethic , 5 Dick. J. Envtl. L. & Pol’y 215 (1996).

Environmental Equity: Protecting the Forgotten Ones , 2 Legal Briefs News. No. 1 (Washington, DC: Hispanic National Bar Assoc., 1992).


Federal Environmental Law: the User’s Guide . 3rd ed. (St. Paul, MN: West Group, 2010). (with Andrew L. Fono)

Federal Environmental Law: the User’s Guide . 2nd ed. (St. Paul, MN: West Group, 2001). (with Andrew L. Fono)

Federal Environmental Law: the User’s Guide . (St. Paul, MN: West Pub. Co., 1997). (with Andrew L. Fono).


Estados Unidos De América: Protección Al Medio Ambiente En Los Estados Unidos , in La Responsabilidad por el daño ambiental (Mexico: Programa de las Naciones unidas para el Medio Ambiente, 1996).


The Value of Education , Hispanic Women in Leadership, March 2006.

Toxic Torts , National Association of Environmental Law Societies Conference, Apr., 1998.

The Value of Higher Education , National Women’s Summit of LULAC, Mar., 1998.

Ethical Considerations in Environmental Justice , 6th Annual Environmental Law Symposium (Houston: South Texas College of Law Houston, 1995). (Tab O)

The Mercado Común del Sur , Abogado Hispano, abriendo fronteras (Melville, NY: Hispanic National Bar Association, 1995). (Part XI)

Ethical Considerations in Environmental Justice , Section of Natural Resources, Energy, & Environmental Law. Fall Meeting (Chicago, IL: American Bar Association, 1994). (Tab 47)

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