Irma S. Russell is a Professor of Law at the University of Memphis School of Law, Memphis, Tennessee, where she teaches Environmental Law and Contracts. She is currently a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In practice, Prof. Russell has represented potentially responsible parties on issues arising under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) in Superfund negotiations as well as representing government entities, lenders, and other clients on issues involving the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), wetlands designation and site mitigation, the Clean Water Act, asbestos regulation and other environmental issues. She is currently a council member of the ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, and serves as Section Liaison to both the American Association of Law Schools and to the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
Additionally, she is a member of the ABA Ad Hoc Committee on Environmental Education for Judges. She served as a Vice-Chair of the Ethics Committee of the ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources for one year (1998-99) and as Chair of that Committee for two years (1999-2000 and 2000-01). She was founding Chair of the Memphis Bar Association Environmental Law Section and also has served as Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Environmental Section. Prof. Russell's legal publications include a chapter on Legal Ethics in The Law of Environmental Justice, a book published by the American Bar Association; Unreasonable Risk: Model Rule 1.6, Environmental Hazards, and Positive Law, 55 WASH. & LEE L. REV. 117 (1998); Cries and Whispers: Environmental Hazards, Model Rule 1.6, and the Attorney's Conflicting Duties to Clients and Others, 72 WASH. L. REV. 409 (1997). Prof. Russell received her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law. She served as judicial clerk to the Honorable James K. Logan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She is a member of the Judicial Conference of the Tenth Judicial Circuit, the Memphis Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.