Bill Want became a professor at the Charleston School of Law in August, 2005. From
1986 until then, he practiced environmental law from his office in Charleston, doing work
throughout the country. Previously, he had been a senior trial attorney for nine years in
the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department in Washington,
D.C. In other employment, he was staff counsel for the National Wildlife Federation and
an attorney for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He taught environmental law as a
Visiting Professor at Maryland Law School and as an Adjunct Professor at George
Washington Law School. Also, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Reporter.
Mr. Want is the author of the treatise, The Law of Wetlands Regulation (Thomson West
Publishing, 2014 ed.), and a co-author of the book, Hazardous Waste: Confronting the
Challenge (Greenwood Press, 1987). 

Mr. Want is a 1970 graduate of Yale Law School where he published in the Yale Law Journal
as a student, and a 1967 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Washington & Lee University
where he was Secretary of the Student Body. In 1989, he was awarded the Lyndhurst prize
worth $120,000 for his contributions to environmental protection and he is listed in the
Best Lawyers in America compilation. Mr. Want was a founding board member of the
environmental organizations Southern Environmental Law Center and South Carolina
Conservation League. 

Some of Mr. Want’s cases included working on the landmark enforcement action by the
Justice Department against Reserve Mining Company – the country’s largest water polluter
at the time - for discharging toxic pollutants into Lake Superior. In private practice,
he represented Howard Hughes Properties in obtaining environmental permitting for a large
mixed-use development in Los Angeles. The Wall Street Journal described the approximately
1000 acres as the most valuable undeveloped property in America. Mr. Want represented
Santee Cooper in litigation to close down the GSX hazardous waste landfill in Pinewood,
South Carolina. He handled for environmental groups litigation against the U.S.
Department of Transportation and the State of Georgia for road building in Atlanta that
violated the Clean Air Act and various transportation laws. Mr. Want represented the
Governor of South Carolina in litigation seeking to block the shipment of plutonium to
South Carolina and he represented South Carolina at the trail level in defending the S.C.
Beachfront Management Act (the suits culminated in the Lucas case decided by the U.S.
Supreme Court). 

Law Review Articles


Federal Wetlands Law: The Cases and the Problems, Harvard Environmental Law Review (1984)


Inequality in School Financing:The Role of the Law (with Howard A. Glickstein), Stanford Law Review (1973)


Note, Offensive Speech and the FCC, Yale Law Journal (1970)



The Law of the Wetlands Regulation (2014)

Treatise covering every issue concerning wetlands law and regulation.



Hazardous Waste: Confronting the Challenge (with Christopher Harris and Morris A. Ward), Hazardous Waste: Confronting the Challenge (1987)


Miscellaneous Publications