Richard M. and Anita Calkins Distinguished Professor of Law
Areas of ExpertiseEnvironmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Property
EducationJ.D. Stanford Law School, Order of the Coif
B.S. University of Kansas with distinction
ExperienceDrake Professor since 1991
Visiting Professor, Stetson University College of Law (2007-08)
University of Oklahoma College of Law, Assistant Professor
Attorney, Lathrop & Norquist, Kansas City, MO
Clerk, Hon. Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
Selected Publications“A Constitutional and Empirical Analysis of Iowa’s Administrative Rules Review Committee Procedure,” 61 Drake L. Rev. 1 (2012).
“The Origins and Efficacy of Private Enforcement of Animal Cruelty Law in Britain,” 17 DRAKE J. AGRIC. L. 263 (2012).
“Protection for the Powerless: Political Economy History Lessons for the Animal Welfare Movement,” 4 Stanford J. of Animal Law & Pol'y 1 (2011).
Environmental Law Practice: Problems and Exercises for Skills Development, (3d ed. 2010) Carolina Academic Press
“A Study of American Zoning Board Composition and Public Attitudes Toward Zoning Issues,” Urban Lawyer (2008).
“Countryside Access and Environmental Protection: An American View of Britain’s Right to Roam,” Environmental Law Review (2007).
“Britain’s Right to Roam: Redefining the Bundle of Sticks,” Georgetown Journal of International Environmental Law (2007).
Significant AccomplishmentsLeland Forrest Outstanding Professor of the Year 2006
Editorial Board, Environmental Law Review (Vathek Publishing, UK)
National award from CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution for "Problem Solving in the Classroom"
Burlington Northern Award for Innovative Teaching
Additional InformationSelected Publications
Acting in the Face of Uncertainty
“Environmental law is not just about industry pouring muck into pristine waters - it's more often about a tough balance between societal benefits and unknown risks. The challenge of environmental law is to solve an equation with a lot of unknowns. Students are often amazed - and concerned - that we can't be more certain about what the adverse effects might be. Yet if environmental law is going to be more about preventing future harm and less about cleaning up past mistakes, we have to act in the face of that uncertainty.”