Jonathan Rosenbloom Prof ile
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Professor of Law
Director, Environmental & Sustainability Certificate Program

Areas of Expertise

Sustainability, Environmental Law, State and Local Government, Property


LL.M. Harvard Law School
J.D. New York Law School, magna cum laude
B.Arch. Rhode Island School of Design
B.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design


Drake Professor since 2010
Visiting Assistant Professor, Stetson University College of Law
Senior Associate, Reed Smith, Philadelphia, PA
Associate Director, Center for New York City Law, New York Law School
Pro Se Staff Attorney, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Judicial Clerk, Hon. Rosemary Barkett, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Selected Publications

(co-author Shelley Saxer).

Local Governments and Global Commons
, ____ B.Y.U. L. REV. ___ (2015).

Funding Adaptation, 47 J. MARSHALL L. REV. 657 (2014) (invitation symposium piece).

Uncommon Approaches to Commons Problems, 64 HASTINGS L. J. 1273 (2013) (co-author with Blake Hudson).

Towards Engaged Scholarship, 33 PACE L. R. 821 (2013) (co-author with 16 law professors).

New Day at the Pool: State Preemption, Common Pool Resources, and Non-Place Based Municipal Collaborations, 36 HARVARD ENVIRON. LAW REV. 446 (2012).

Now We're Cooking!: Adding Practical Application to the Recipe for Teaching Sustainability, 2 PACE ENVTL. L. REV. ONLINE COMPANION 21 (2011).

Book Chapters

The Cost of Federalism: Ecology, Community, and the Pragmatism of Land Use in The Law and Policy of Environmental Federalism: A Comparative Analysis, Kalyani Robbins & Erin Ryan, eds. (Edward Elgar, 2015) (co-authored with Keith Hirokawa).

A Framework for Application: Three Concrete, Contextual Strategies to Accelerate Sustainability in Rethinking Sustainable Development to Meet the Climate Change Challenge, Keith Hirokawa & Jessica Owley eds. (ELI Press, 2014).

Defining “Nature” as a Common Pool Resource, in Environmental Law and Contrasting Ideas of Nature: A Constructivist Approach, Keith Hirokawa, ed. (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2014).

Land Use Planning in a Climate Change Context, in Research Handbook on Climate Adaptation Law, Jonathan Verschuuren, ed. (Edward Elgar publishers, Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, Massachusetts, USA 2013) (co-authored with Keith Hirokawa).

Town, Gown, & Place-Based Impacts: Collaborating on Sustainable Issues in the Shared Space, in Town and Gown: Effective Legal Strategies Promoting Cooperation between Institutions of Higher Education and Their Host Municipalities, Cynthia Baker and Patricia Salkin, eds. (A.B.A. Publishing, 2013) (co-authored with Keith Hirokawa).

Government Entrepreneurs: Incentivizing Sustainable Businesses as Part of Local Economic Development Strategies, in Greening Local Government, Patricia Salkin and Keith Hirokawa, eds. (A.B.A. Publishing, 2012).

Significant Accomplishments

Des Moines Plan & Zoning Commissioner

Outstanding Professor of the Year (2012-13)

Chair, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Sustainability Committee

Board of Directors, Center on Sustainable Communities

Board of Directors, Iowa Environmental Council

Board of Directors, Community! Youth Concepts

Co-founder of organization designed to assist state and local governments on becoming more sustainable and efficient through environmentally friendly and socially responsible measures

Original board member of Drew’s Team, a non-profit assisting families and individuals affected by cystic fibrosis


Click here to view Professor Rosenbloom's curriculum vitae.

Rethinking Urban Living

While studying architecture, I realized that the buildings I was designing could not fully address the social, economic and environmental challenges the inhabitants faced. Rather, those challenges are often consequences – intentional and unintentional – of legal action. This is what I love about the law. While it may negatively, and often unintentionally, exacerbate inequities, it has an infinite amount of opportunities to intentionally positively impact existing conditions.

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