Richard J. Finkmoore
Professor of Law
J.D. Stanford Law School
B.A. Stanford University
(with Distinction; Phi Beta Kappa)
Courses Taught: Property I & II, Environmental Law (U.S.), International Environmental Law, The Environmental Law of NAFTA, and Environmental Law Seminar.
Professor Finkmoore's interest in environmental issues began in law school, where he was publications director of the Stanford Environmental Law Society and interned with the Natural Resources Defense Council. He later clerked for Justice Robert Utter of the Washington Supreme Court and was an assistant attorney general for the State of Washington. Professor Finkmoore practiced law for ten years, including seven years as partner in a law firm handling a variety of civil matters with an emphasis in real estate and land-use law.
Since joining the California Western faculty, Professor Finkmoore has served as faculty adviser to the Environmental Law Society and performed pro bono work for the Defenders of Wildlife. He taught for eight years as a visiting professor in the Muir College Environmental Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego, and has taught international environmental law in four law school foreign study programs and property law at the National Judicial College.
- ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND THE VALUES OF NATURE (Carolina Academic Press 2010), a casebook on U.S. environmental law. This book covers many traditional topics - such as NEPA and the Clean Water Act - but also explores important issues in natural resources law, including water allocation, species conservation, and federal public land management. The book highlights the application of environmental law in the real world through detailed case studies of actual environmental controversies. Professor Finkmoore's casebook also emphasizes the overriding issue of climate change.
- Critical Connections: The Amazon and Global Climate Disruption (forthcoming), a chapter in a book on the Amazon's environment to be published by Sussex Academic Press (U.K.)
- The State of the Natural Resources Literature, Recent Books on the National Wildlife Refuge System and Its Uncertain Future," 44 Natural Resources Journal 1239 (Fall 2004).
- "The National Wildlife Refuge Administration Act," in Major Acts of Congress (Brian K. Landsberg, ed., 2003).
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