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Spring 2021

Course Description
This course provides an overview of the laws aimed at managing and preserving natural resources and biodiversity through a variety of private, regulatory, informational, and public land-management mechanisms in the United States. We will examine statutes, regulations, and other mechanisms governing the management of the federal lands and their resources. We will consider the historical, political, and ecological influences on the law and management of these resources. To do so, we spend time considering the impacts on tribal resources and communities and the disparities in both access to natural resources and harms related to resource exploitation. This course will introduce the agencies with jurisdiction over the components of the federal estate and environmental regulation. Through this lens, you will strengthen your understanding of administrative law, constitutional law, and statutory interpretation. The course covers regulation of natural resources—including land, water, energy, and biodiversity—on state, tribal, and private land.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-25-2021 - 04-27-2021   T  4:10 PM-5:50 PM DL

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Periodic written and oral assignments and a final exam.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:
Online (synchronous and asynchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Environmental Law (Area of Focus)   More information
Environmental Law (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: National Resources Law: A Place-Based Book of Problems and Cases
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Klein, et. al
    Publisher: Aspen
    Edition: 4th edition
    ISBN: 978-1454893509
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Pages 1-53 of the textbook. I will be using the 4th edition of Natural Resources Law by Klein, Cheever, Birdsong, Klass, and Biber. Introduction: Tortorelli, Mass v. EPA, Juliana v. United States (pages 1-33) Federal Lands: Pollard v. Hagan, US v. Gardner (Pages 37-53) You can try and using an earlier edition but there have been significant changes from the previous edition. I am happy to work with you to get missing pages and cases but you will be responsible for coordinating.

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