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Paul Kibel
Golden Gate University School of Law
Paul Stanton Kibel is an Associate Professor at Golden Gate University School of Law, where he teaches Water Law and California Environmental and Natural Resources Law, and a former lecturer in Water Policy at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy. He is of counsel and former partner with the environmental and natural resource practice group at Fitizgerald Abbott & Beardsley, and from 2002-2008 he served as co-chair of the Natural Resources Subsection of the Real Property Section of the California State Bar. Kibel is the author of the book The Earth on Trial: Environmental Law on the International Stage (Routledge 1999), and editor of the book Rivertown: Rethinking Urban Rivers (MIT Press 2007). He holds an LLM from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).

Harrison "Hap" Dunning
UC Davis School of Law (King Hall)

Hap Dunning is a Professor of Law Emeritus, University of California at Davis. Staff Director of the Governor's Commission to Review California Water Rights Law (1977-78). Member, California Water Commission (1981-82). Chair, Steering Committee for a water resources initiative on the California ballot in November 1982. Member, Bay-Delta Advisory Commission (1996-2001). Recipient, Clyde O. Martz Award for Natural Resources Law Teaching (2004). Currently on the boards of The Bay Institute of San Francisco, the Water Education Foundation and the board of the Tuolumne River Trust.

Richard M. Frank
UC Davis School of Law (King Hall)
Richard M. Frank is the director for the new California Environmental Law and Policy Center and teaches courses in the environmental law curriculum at UC Davis School of Law. He was formerly the executive director of the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment (CLEE) at UC Berkeley School of Law. Before coming to CLEE and UC Berkeley, Professor Frank practiced law with federal and state agencies for 32 years, most of that time with the California Department of Justice. Immediately before joining Berkeley Law, he served as California's Chief Deputy Attorney General for Legal Affairs. In 2006, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Frank to the Delta Vision Task Force, an advisory body asked to develop policy recommendations for the Governor and Legislature, addressing environmental problems confronting the California Delta. He served in that capacity in 2007-08. In May 2009, the Chair of the California Air Resources Board appointed Frank Vice Chair of the Economic Allocation & Advisory Committee, an advisory body formed to assist the Air Resources Board in implementing California's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32).

Brian Gray
UC Hastings College of the Law

Brian Gray is the author of numerous books and articles in the fields of environmental law, water resources, public lands and natural resources, property rights and the constitution, and related subjects. He also has argued environmental and water resources cases before the California Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and other courts. Professor Gray is a recipient of the William Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Hastings Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Nature Conservancy's Volunteer Service Award.
Professor Gray currently is working on a series of interdisciplinary studies of California water policy with scientists, economists, and public policy specialists from the University of California, Stanford, and the Public Policy Institute of California. The first two publications from this study are California Water Myths (PPIC 2009) and Managing California’s Water: From Conflict to Reconciliation (PPIC 2011).
Professor Gray serves as a tutor and president of the board of directors of 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization that provides after school tutoring, in-school assistance, and other educational services to students in the San Francisco schools. He also is a member of the board of directors of 826 National.

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Jennifer L. Harder
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Jennifer L. Harder is a professor at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, where she teaches courses in water law and natural resources practice in McGeorge's Water & Environmental Law program. Jennifer earned her J.D. at UC Davis School of Law in 1998, after which she clerked for Justice Alexander O. Bryner of the Alaska Supreme Court. Following her clerkship, Jennifer worked as an attorney and partner at Downey Brand LLP, Sacramento, where her practice focused on water law, public agency law, and environmental compliance and litigation. Jennifer is author of the water law casebook, Cases & Materials on Water Law, 9th Ed.

Alice Kaswan
University of San Francisco School of Law

Alice Kaswan is a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, where she teaches Environmental Law, Administrative Law, and Property. She received her JD from Harvard Law School, and her BS in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Her scholarship focuses on climate change, federalism, and environmental justice. Professor Kaswan is a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform. Prior to entering academia, Professor Kaswan practiced land use and environmental law at Berle, Kass & Case in New York City.

John D. Leshy

UC Hastings College of the Law

John Leshy has been at Hastings since 2001. Previously he was Solicitor (General Counsel) of the U.S. Department of the Interior (1993-2001); Special Counsel to Chairman George Miller of the Resources Committee, U.S. House of Representatives (1992-93); Professor of Law at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona (1980-1992); Associate Solicitor of the Department of the Interior for Energy & Resources (1977-80); and with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in California (1972-77) and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. (1969-72). He co-chaired the Obama-Biden transition team for the Interior Department in 2008-2009. He is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, books on the Mining Law of 1872 and the Arizona Constitution, and is co-author of casebooks on federal land and resources law and water law. A graduate of Harvard College, he was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, his alma mater, in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2011.

Dave Owen
UC Hastings College of the Law

Professor Dave Owen teaches courses in environmental, natural resources, water, and administrative law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  His research focuses primarily on water resource management, and some recent projects have addressed policies to expedite dam removals and hydropower upgrades, the intersection of groundwater use regulation and the takings clauseimplementation of the Endangered Species Act, and the real-world impact of California’s public trust doctrine.  He also contributes frequently to the Environmental Law Prof Blog. Professor Owen graduated from Berkeley Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of Ecology Law Quarterly and was selected for the Order of the Coif.  He then clerked for a federal district court judge and then worked for a small law firm in San Francisco, where his practice focused primarily on water law.  He worked on Colorado River allocation, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta litigation, and federal state disputes over the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, among other matters.  In 2007, he began teaching at the University of Maine School of Law.  He joined the Hastings faculty in 2015.

Holly Doremus
UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)


Holly Doremus is the James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation at the University of California, Berkeley, Co-Faculty Director of the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment, and Faculty Director of the Law of the Sea Institute. She holds a B.S. in biology from Trinity College (Hartford, CT), Ph.D. in plant physiology from Cornell University, and J.D. from the UC Berkeley. Her scholarship focuses on biodiversity protection, the intersection between property rights and environmental regulation, and the interrelationship of environmental law and science.






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