ROBIN KUNDIS CRAIG

Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

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  • William H. Leary Professor of Law, College Of Law
  • Affiliated Faculty, Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and Environment, College Of Law
  • Affiliated Faculty, Global Change & Sustainability Center
  • Professor, College Of Law
  • Member, World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • External Ph.D. Committee Member, Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania
  • External Ph.D. Committee Member, Integrated Biosciences/Biomimicry, University of Akron
  • External Ph.D. Committee Member, Department of Geography, Clark University
  • Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania

Biography

Education

  • J.D./Environmental Law Certificate 1996, School of Law, Lewis & Clark College
  • Ph.D. 1993, English, Science & Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara. Project: Romantic Transformations
  • M.A./Writing About Science 1986, The Writing Seminars, The Johns Hopkins University. Project: The Chemistry of Human Biology
  • B.A. 1985, English/Writing Concentration, Pomona College

Honors & Awards

  • Top 25 Article Award: Robin Kundis Craig & Anna Roberts, Australia‚Äôs Emerging Nonpoint Source Water Pollution Problems and the U.S. Regulatory Experience: When Are Governments Most Likely to Address Nonpoint Source Pollution?, 42:1 Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review 1-64 (Jan. 2015) was chosen through a peer-reviewed process as one of the top 25 environmental law articles of 2015. Land Use and Environmental Law Journal, 04/2016
  • Research Fellow and Visiting Scholar. University of Tasmania Faculty of Law, 01/2016
  • Faculty Scholarship Award. University of Utah College of Law, 05/15/2015
  • Top 10 Article Award: Robin Kundis Craig & J.B. Ruhl, Designing Administrative Law for Adaptive Management. 67 VANDERBILT LAW REVIEW 1 (Jan. 2014), was chosen through a peer-review process as one of the top environmental and natural resources articles of 2014. Land Use & Environmental Law Review, 05/2015
  • Elected as member; appointed to the Members Consultative Group for the Restatement (1st) of the Law of the American Indian. American Law Institute, 04/15/2015
  • Lloyd K. Garrison Distinguished Lecturer in Environmental Law. Pace University School of Law, 04/01/2015
  • Scholar of the Month: http://www.law.unc.edu/documents/clear/scholars/20132014/craigscholar.pdf. University of North Carolina Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation, and Resources, 06/2014
  • Clason Lecturer. Western New England University School of Law, 12/2013
  • Jestraub Lecturer and Visitor in Water Law. University of Montana School of Law, 09/2013
  • Grant Co-Leader: Social-Ecological System Resilience, Climate Change and Adaptive Water Governance . National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) , 08/2013
  • Research & Creative Grant: Marine Spatial Planning in New Zealand: A Legal and Policy Comparison to the United States (two-year grant award, 2013-2015). University of Utah, 08/2013
  • Best Paper Award, 31st Annual ABA SEER Water Law Conference. Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Association, 06/2013
  • Distinguished Summer Environmental Law Visitor. Vermont Law School, 06/2013
  • "Stationarity is Dead" - Long Live Transformation: Five Principles for Climate Change Adaptation Law", 34:1 Harvard Environmental Law Review 9 (2010), named one of the top 10 environmental/natural resources/land use/energy articles of 2010, to be reprinted as such in 42 Land Use & Environmental Law Review . 01/2012
  • University Graduate Teaching Award, Florida State University. 04/19/2011
  • Best Paper Award, American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources' Environmental Law Conference. 03/19/2011
  • Best Programs for Resources Committees for 2009-2010; Marine Resources Committee. American Bar Association Section on Environment,Energy, and Resources. 09/2010
  • Selected as one of 12 participants from an international pool for the 2010 Papahanaumokuakea 'Ahahui Alaka'i or PAA, a 10-day experiential leadership program in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Papahanamokuakea Marine National Monument, 06/2010
  • Distinguished Environmental Law Scholar. Vermont Law School, 07/2009

Biography

After earning a Ph.D. at U.C. Santa Barbara in English literature and an independent M.A. degree from the Johns Hopkins University's Writing Seminars in Writing About Science, Robin Craig attended the Lewis & Clark School of Law in Portland, Oregon, from which she graduated summa cum laude and first in her class. While in law school, she worked for the Natural Resources Section, General Counsel Division, of the Oregon Department of Justice, which allowed her to work on a variety of environmental law issues, from Clean Water Act litigation to CERCLA cleanups to salmon and tribal issues to the intersection of state tax law and environmental law. After graduation, she stayed in Portland to clerk for two years for U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones.

Craig previously taught at the Lewis & Clark School of Law; Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts; Indiana University-Indianapolis School of Law; and the Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee, Florida. Her areas of professional expertise include Environmental Law, Ocean & Coastal Law, Water Law, Toxic Torts, Administrative Law, Property, and Civil Procedure.

At the College of Law, Craig teaches Property to first-year students and Environmental Law, Water Law, Ocean & Coastal Law, and Toxic Torts to upper-division students. She is also affiliated faculty to the College of Law's Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and Environment and a faculty affiliate of the University's Global Change & Sustainability Center.

Craig's research focuses on "all things water," especially the impact of climate change on freshwater resources and the oceans, the Clean Water Act, and the intersection of water and energy law. She also has written several articles and book chapters on constitutional environmental law, administrative law, and statutory interpretation. She is the author or co-author of seven books: The End of Sustainability (University of Kansas Press: forthcoming 2017, with Melinda Harm Benson); Water Law: Concepts and Insights (Foundation Press: forthcoming 2017, with Robert W. Adler and Noah D. Hall); Modern Water Law: Private Property, Public Rights, and Environmental Protection (Foundation Press: 2013, with Robert W. Adler and Noah D. Hall); Comparative Ocean Governance: Place-Based Protections in an Era of Climate Change (Edward Elgar: 2012), Environmental Law in Context (West: 3rd ed. 2011), Toxic and Environmental Torts (West: 2010, with Michael D. Green, Andrew R. Klein, and Joseph Sanders), and The Clean Water Act and the Constitution (Environmental Law Institute: 2nd ed. 2009). Her publications also include over 100 law review articles and book chapters.

In January 2014 and then again in July 2015, Craig was appointed to the National Research Council's two Committees to Review the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan.. She also served on three successive National Research Council Committees on the Clean Water Act and the Mississippi River and as a consultant to the Environmental Defense Fund, to the State of Victoria, Australia, and to the Council on Environmental Cooperation in Montreal, Quebec. She is also active in the American Bar Association's Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, where she served a three-year term on the Executive Council, as Co-Chair of the Water Resource Committee, on the Planning Committee for the 43rd Annual Spring Conference on Environmental Law, as Vice Chair for the 2014 Water Law Conference, and as Chair of the 2015 Water Law Conference.

Professor Craig will be a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Tasmania School of Law, Hobart, Australia, in January-March, 2016. There she will teach a summer course on Comparative Water Law and research resilience and climate change adaptation issues.

Affiliations

  • American Law Institute (ALI), Members Consultative Group. Restatement (1st) of the Law of the American Indian, 08/2015 - present
  • USAID (USAID), Grant Participant, Pakistan Water Engineering, 11/2014 - present
  • National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences (NRC), Committee to Review the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Program, Part II, 07/2015 - present
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF), Co-Chair, Water Program, Annual Institute, 08/2015 - 07/2016
  • Environmental Law Section, Association of American Law Schools (AALS), Secretary, 01/10/2015 - 01/10/2016
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF), Planning Committee, 2015 Natural Resources Law Teachers Institute, , 08/2014 - 06/2015
  • Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Association (ABA SEER), Chair, Water Law Conference, 07/2014 - 06/2015
  • National Research Council, National Academy of Science (NRC), Member, Committee to Review the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan, 01/2014 - 02/2015
  • Environmental Law Section, Association of American Law Schools (AALS Envtl. Law), Treasurer, 01/2014 - 01/2015
  • River Network Mississippi River Innovative Nutrient Reduction Policies Project (RNMRINRP), Member, Technical Advisory Team, 01/2014 - 06/2014
  • National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Grant Co-Leader: Social-Ecological System Resilience, Climate Change and Adaptive Water Governance, 08/2013 - 03/2015
  • Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Association (ABA SEER), Co-Chair, Water Resources Committee, 08/2013 - 08/2014
  • Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Association (ABA SEER), Vice Chair, Water Law Conference, 07/2013 - 06/2014
  • Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Association (ABA SEER), Planning Committee, 43rd Annual Spring Environmental Law Conference, 04/2013 - 03/2014
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF), Planning Committee, 2013 Natural Resources Law Teachers Institute, 08/2012 - 06/2013
  • Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Consultant, 08/2011 - 12/2012
  • Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Association (ABA SEER), Co-Chair, Marine Resources Committee, 08/2011 - 08/2012
  • Council on Environmental Cooperation (CEC), Legal Consultant, 06/2011 - 07/2011
  • Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Association (ABA SEER), Section Executive Council, 08/2010 - 08/2013
  • Natural Resources Law Section, Association of American Law Schools (AALS N.R. Law), Chair, 01/2010 - 01/2011
  • Environmental Advocacy, Inc. , Board of Directors , 10/2009 - 12/2011
  • Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Association (ABA SEER), Chair, Marine Resources Committee, 08/2009 - 08/2011
  • National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences (NRC), Member, Committee on Clean Water Act Implementation Across the Mississippi River Basin, 07/2009 - 08/2012
  • Council on Environmental Cooperation (CEC), Legal Consultant, 05/2009 - 08/2009
  • Association of American Law Schools (AALS), Executive Board Member, Natural Resources Law Section, 01/2009 - present
  • National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences (NRC), Member, Comm. on the Miss. River & the Clean Water Act: Scientific, Modeling, & Programmatic Aspects, 07/2008 - 01/2009
  • Apalachicola River Brainstorming Group (ARBG), Member, 02/2008 - 12/2011
  • Environmental Law Section, Association of American Law Schools , Executive Board Member, 01/2008 - present
  • Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Association (ABA SEER), Chair, Constitutional Environmental Law Committee, 08/2007 - 08/2009
  • Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Association (ABA SEER), Vice Chair for Publications, Marine Resources Committee, , 08/2007 - 08/2009
  • Maritime Law Section, Association of American Law Schools (AALS Maritime), Chair, 01/2007 - 01/2008
  • Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Association (ABA SEER), Book Publications Committee, 09/2006 - 08/2009
  • Environmental Law Institute (ELI), Advisory Board Member, Endangered Environmental Laws, 07/2006 - 12/2009
  • Maritime Law Section, Association of American Law Schools (AALS Maritime), Vice Chair, 01/2006 - 01/2007
  • National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences (NRC), Committee on the Mississippi River and the Clean Water Act, 08/2005 - 09/2007
  • Maritime Law Section, Association of American Law Schools (AALS Maritime), Secretary, 01/2005 - 01/2006
  • Administrative Law Section, American Bar Association (ABA Ad Law), Supreme Court News Editor, Administrative & Regulatory Law News, 09/2004 - 06/2012
  • Maritime Law Section, Association of American Law Schools (AALS Maritime), Treasurer, 09/2004 - 01/2005
  • Working Group on Ocean Policy, American Bar Association (ABA Ocean Policy), Member, 08/2004 - 08/2010
  • Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Association (ABA SEER), Chair, Marine Resources Committee, 08/2004 - 08/2007
  • Marine Resources Committee, Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Associatio , Vice Chair for Programs, 09/2003 - 06/2004

In the Media

Languages

  • Spanish, basic.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Antarctica
  • Australia and New Zealand. Consultant & co-author in Australia, plus teaching there January-March 2016; authorship & conferences in New Zealand, plus grant research there in December 2014.
  • Melanesia
  • Micronesia
  • Oceania
  • Polynesia