988 SP Environmental Law, Spring 2011 to Fall 2018

Categories: Environmental Law Administrative and Regulatory Law

Agricultural Law & the Environment

Course Page for Spring 2012 - Tai, Steph

Recent bestsellers such as The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: A Year of Food Life have brought greater public attention to the environmental impacts of agriculture, especially industrial agriculture, than in the recent past. Legislative attention has also been on the rise with the current debates over the proposed Food and Energy Security Act of 2007, which contains provisions dedicated to conserving and protecting the environment on tens of millions of acres of farmland, ranch land, and wetlands. We will explore current federal, state, and international debates over how agricultural legal systems can affect the natural environment through case studies of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), soil conservation programs, biofuel incentives, organic certification schemes, and other controversies. Students will have several options in lieu of a final examination: a longer independent research paper that would satisfy the
upper-level writing requirement; a longer directed-research paper in collaboration with a relevant agriculture/environment organization; or a shorter independent research paper and a shorter directed-research paper. Depending on student interest, appetizers cooked from locally grown ingredients may also be provided.

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Food Systems Law and the Environment

Course Page for Fall 2018 - Tai, Steph

Trade tariffs, fecal water pollution, and migrant workers’ rights: these are all issues that have been in the news this year. A common thread: these issues all affect, and are affected by, aspects of our food system and the laws surrounding this system. This course explores the various legal structures surrounding the governance of our food system; we will cover environmental regulation (or lack thereof), food safety laws, trade laws, and labor laws. Indeed, the structure of our food system is especially in flux during this administration, given the upcoming passage of the Farm Bill, as well as the enactment of various tariffs. We will discuss all of these issues in a structured reading-group fashion, and learn from each other through presentations on your own research projects as well. And depending on student interest, appetizers cooked from locally grown ingredients may also be provided.

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Natural Resources

Course Page for Spring 2011 - Tai, Steph

This course covers the law and policy of the disposition and
use of natural resources in the

United States
We will emphasize federally owned and managed resources, especially the nearly
one-third of this country's land area that is owned by the federal government,
although you will also learn a little about the management of state and private
lands as well. Main topics include the history of public land law; the
constitutional basis for federal control of natural resources, and legal
doctrines and principles that cut across the whole field. We will study two
important statutes that, while often included in environmental law curricula,
are equally pivotal to natural land use and management in the

: the National Environmental Policy
Act and the Endangered Species Act. We will then turn to studies of particular
types of resources, including fisheries, wilderness and recreational areas,
water, rangelands, federally owned minerals, and forests.






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Natural Resources Law

Course Page for Spring 2017 - Tai, Steph

Student Learning Outcomes – This course is designed to
1. Provide you with the necessary legal background to excel as a legal practitioner working in some way with natural resource management. This course does so by focusing on federal and state public lands management law, and also providing additional discussion on other areas of natural resource management.
2. Develop your skills as an advocate in this area, through the incorporation of numerous in-class exercises. These exercises are designed around exposing you not only to the traditional law school “appellate advocacy” contexts, but also other practice contexts, such as negotiations, notice-and-comment, and compliance.
3. Help you better appreciate the policy implications of doctrinal developments in natural resource law doctrine. This is especially the case in this change in administrations, where developments in the federal law of natural resource management can have profound implications for water, wildlife, forests, climate, and lands.

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