From February 2010 until August 2011, Professor Simms served in a political appointment with the Obama administration as a Deputy Assistance Attorney General in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In that position, Professor Simms supervised the Divisionís Law and Policy Section, Land Acquisition Section, and Environmental Defense Section, in addition to managing a number of special projects within the Division, including the Divisionís Environmental Justice implementation efforts.
During his appointment, Professor Simms was presented with the Attorney Generalís Award for Distinguished Service (the Justice Departmentís second highest award) as part of a team working on water quality issues in the Florida Everglades. Professor Simms has been a frequent speaker, panelist, and moderator on issues regarding environmental law, public health, and environmental justice. He has testified before Congress, and made appearances on radio and film. In 2011 he was identified by the Hip-Hop Caucus and 350.org as among 350 African-Americans Enriching Life on Our Planet.
During his career, Professor Simms has served on numerous environmental panels, task forces, and committees, such as EPAís Advance Coal Technology Working Group. He also recently completed service as a member of the steering committee for the D.C. Barís Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Section, and currently serves as a member of the Commission on Environmental Law for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and as a member of the Board of Trustees for Earthjustice.
updated: August 29, 2012