Gerald Torres is a Professor of Environmental Justice at the Yale School of the Environment and a Professor at the Yale Law School. He is the former President of the Association of American Law Schools and has taught at Stanford Law School and at Harvard Law School, where he served as the Oneida Nation Visiting Professor of Law.

Professor Torres served as Counsel to the Attorney General on environmental matters and Indian affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice. He has served on the board of the Environmental Law Institute, the EPA's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, and the National Petroleum Council.

He is the board chair of and founding Chairman of the Advancement Project, a leading Civil Rights advocacy organization.  Torres is a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council and is on the Advisory Council of The Connecticut Sea Grant. In addition to his civic work, He has served as a consultant to the United Nations on environmental matters, especially in Latin America. He is a life member of the American Law Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations.

His work has been published in all of the major law reviews, and his book with Lani Guinier, The Miner’s Canary, has been called “one of the most challenging books on race published in years.”