Professor Harley is a 1982 graduate of Moravian College and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1985. He graduated from Chicago-Kent in 1988 with a Certificate in Environmental and Energy Law and initiated a public interest environmental law practice on Chicago’s Southeast Side shortly thereafter.
For more than 20 years, Professor Harley has served as an adjunct professor in Chicago-Kent’s Environmental and Energy Law Program, for which he also serves as director. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University and at IIT’s Stuart School of Business. In addition, Professor Harley is the director of the Chicago Environmental and Energy Law Clinic, a collaboration between Chicago-Kent College of Law and the Chicago Legal Clinic Inc. The Chicago Environmental and Energy Law Clinic provides legal advocacy, education and volunteer services to people confronting urban environmental problems in the Chicago area.
Professor Harley has been appointed to many federal, state and local environmental policymaking initiatives, including a present appointment to the Illinois Environmental Justice Commission. He served as chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee from 2006 to 2009.