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Karen Sokol

Professor of Law


J.D. 2000, Yale Law School

B.A. 1997, University of Texas at Austin (with highest honors)


  • College of Law
  • Law


  • Environmental Law
  • Torts


Karen Sokol joined the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law faculty in 2009.  Her teaching and research interests include environmental law, torts, products liability, and law and philosophy.  Her current scholarship focuses on legal controls on marketing of dangerous products, climate change resilience, particularly for vulnerable countries such as Cuba and India, and, most recently, on the potential for forging more robust environmental and public health protections by incorporating Indian philosophy into Western jurisprudence, law, and policy.  She will spend the spring of 2018 researching in India, supported by a Fulbright Award.

Professor Sokol graduated from Yale Law School, where she served as Articles Editor for the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal and was a member of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic.  After law school, she clerked for Judge Carolyn Dineen King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and worked as an associate in the appellate section of Vinson & Elkins, LLP.  She then worked as a policy analyst for the Center for Progressive Reform, writing a number of papers and articles on environmental and public health issues, with a focus on government transparency and corporate accountability. The year before coming to Loyola, she was a fellow at Georgetown University Law Center’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.  She is admitted to practice in the state of Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. 

Classes Taught

  • Torts I and II 
  • Products Liability
  • Jurisprudence / Philosophy of Law
  • Administrative Law

Areas of Expertise

Torts, Products Liability, Philosophy of Law/Jurisprudence, Environmental Law, and Climate Change.