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.