|Present||Associate Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law|
- Property Law
- Environmental Law
- Law and Geography
- Legal history
Office: 466 Sydney Lewis Hall
Popular Press (1)
Water, Water, Everywhere: Surface Water Liability Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law (2015)
By 2030 the U.S. will lose around $520 billion annually from its gross domestic product due to flooding. New risks resulting from climate change arise not only from swelling rivers and lakes, but also from ...
The Jurisprudence of Nature: The Importance of Defining What is "Natural" Catholic University Law Review (2014)
Informal regulations defining nature, natural, and organic have proliferated across diverse fields of law from patents to agriculture, from taxation to gemstones. The unwritten jurisprudence of defining nature is primarily a story of the struggle ...
Colonial Property, Private Dams, and Climate Change in Virginia Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal (2013)
Dams have been a significant part of flood prevention and management systems in the United States, dating back to the systematic efforts of the Tennessee Valley Authority and, less systemically, long before that. Dealing with ...
Stealth Constitutional Change and the Geography of Law Drexel Law Review (2012)
Bruce Ackerman's recent book, The Decline and Fall of the American Republic, is a sudden shift from his previous scholarship on constitutional moments and the ability of social movements to generate minor revolutions. By acknowledging ...
Missionaries to the Wilderness: A History of Land, Identity, and Moral Geography in Appalachia Journal of Appalachian Studies (2011)
This article revisits the relationship between missionaries and Appalachian stereotypes, bringing to the discussion new developments in geographical theory and the intellectual history of ideas of wilderness. The article argues that missionary activities during the ...
Finding Possession: Labor, Waste and the Evolution of Property Capital University Law Review (2011)
Although possession has long been intimately linked to labor, recent historical work on land claims during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries suggests that the clash of divergent legal cultures of possession drove the two apart. ...
The Government Contractor Defense and Superior Orders in International Human Rights Law Florida A & M University Law Review (2009)
As military functions are increasingly outsourced to corporate contractors, civil courts face adjudicating issues of tort liability arising from actions occurring in war zones. Currently, victims of torture and other invasive military techniques used at ...