Jonathan Rosenbloom Prof ile
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Associate Professor of Law

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

Uncommon Approaches to Commons Problems:  The Case of Climate Change (co-author), 64 HASTINGS L.J. _____ (2013).

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

Book Chapter, 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.

Book Chapter, 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, 2012 (co-authored with Keith Hirokawa).

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

Can a Corporate Analysis of Public Authority Administration Lead to Democracy?, 50 N. Y. L. SCH. L. REV. 851 (2006).

Exploring Methods to Improve Management and Fairness in Pro Se Cases: A Study of the Pro Se Docket in the Southern District of New York, 30 FORDHAM URBAN L. J. 305 (2002).

Social Ideology As Seen Through Courtroom and Courthouse Architecture, 22 COLUMBIA L. SCH. J. OF L. & ARTS 463 (1998).

Significant Accomplishments

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


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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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