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New Faculty Member Michael Pappas Joins Environmental Law Program

Michael PappasThe Environmental Law Program added Michael Pappas to its full time faculty in the fall semester of 2012. Prof. Pappas comes to the University of Maryland by way of Tulane University Law School where he taught students in legal research and writing and international fisheries law. He was also an adjunct at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law where he taught natural resources law and an instructor for the Army Corps of Engineers.

Prof. Pappas graduated from Stanford Law School with distinction in 2007 where he was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal. Thereafter, Mike went on to Clerk for the Honorable James L. Dennis for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit prior to his work at Tulane.  Since graduating, Prof. Pappas has published two law review articles, one on the use of science in administrative law and another on the interface of coastal resource law and water law regarding desalination siting. At this time he has another article going to press in the Louisiana State University Law Review with co-author Mark Davis which addresses the tension between the Dormant Commerce Clause and traditional powers of states to regulate water use within their borders.  This tension is likely to grow as states try to ensure that diminishing water resources are sufficient for growing populations, but such laws would necessarily restrict exporting water to other states. Check out his publications on our Digital Commons Website.

As Prof. Pappas enters a new phase in his career, he is eager to teach courses in coastal and natural resources law, food policy, administrative law, and property law. In the Fall, Prof. Pappas will be teaching Property Law and he will teach seminars in Natural Resources law and Coastal Resources Law in the Spring. He also hopes to tap into the wide array of disciplines in the University of Maryland system and teach an interdisciplinary course in the future.  Prof. Pappas will continue his research and writing on numerous subjects where the fields of property law and environmental law intersect: siting renewable energy projects (such as off-shore wind turbines), the interface between government regulation and private rights in managing natural resources, international fishery management, food policy in the United States and Europe, and the nature of food as a natural resource.

When asked why he chose to come to the University of Maryland, Prof. Pappas said “that’s easy,” noting that Maryland has an established Environmental Law Program with an excellent, established faculty, a body of students who come to the law school to study environmental law, room for the program to expand into natural resources law, and the law school is part of a large university system with a wide array of expertise in many disciplines. After tallying up Maryland’s benefits, he rhetorically asked “where else would I want to be?”

The Environmental Law Program is thrilled to have Prof. Pappas and we look forward to his future research and the energy he will bring to training future generations of environmental lawyers.


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