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About Eileen Gauna

Eileen Gauna joined the UNM law faculty in 2006. She brings experience in the national environmental policy arena to her teaching. Currently, Professor Gauna is on the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Sustainable Development, is a member of the American Law Institute and a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform. Closer to home, Professor Gauna is on the executive board of the New Mexico State Bar Section on Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law and is the Dean Designate to the New Mexico Compilation Commission.

Gauna writes primarily about environmental justice issues and has co-authored a widely used course book in the area. She has worked closely with agencies, educational institutions, non-profits and environmental justice organizations throughout United States. She has had several tenures on the EPA's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council where she worked collaboratively with a range of stakeholders to submit reports and recommendations to the EPA Administrator, and also completed her tenure on an EPA federal advisory committee that examined the applicability of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act to environmental permitting. She has testified before Congress and was invited to speak at the White House Forum on Environmental Justice. She was a consultant to the New Mexico Environment Department in connection with its environmental justice initiative and co-authored two reports to the Secretary.

Professor Gauna, a New Mexico native, began her legal career in 1985. After a judicial clerkship with Justice Mary C. Walters of the New Mexico Supreme Court, she worked with the Poole law firm in Albuquerque until 1991 when she was appointed to the faculty at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. She teaches courses in environmental law, environmental justice, climate law, energy law, administrative law, and property.


Present Professor of Law, University of New Mexico School of Law

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Honors and Awards

  • Member of the New Mexico Bar
  • Dickason Professor


  • Administrative Law
  • Climate Law and Energy
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Environmental Justice Seminar
  • Environmental Justice, Climate and Disasters Writing Seminar
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
  • Property II


1985 J.D., University of New Mexico
1976 B.U.S., University of New Mexico

Contact Information

UNM School of Law
Office: 1115
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Ph.: 505-277-7776


Books and Book Chapters (4)

Scholarly Articles (13)

Teaching (2)

Presentations (3)