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About John Copeland Nagle

Professor John Nagle is the co-author of casebooks on “The Practice and Policy of Environmental Law, “Property Law,” and “The Law of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management. His book “Law’s Environment: How the Law Shapes the Places We Live” was published by Yale University Press in 2010. His other writings have explored such topics as the relationship between environmental pollution, cultural pollution, and other kinds of “pollution;” the role of religion in environmental law; Chinese environmental law; the scope of congressional power to protect endangered species; alternative approaches to campaign finance reform; and the competing roles of Congress and the courts in correcting statutory mistakes. His articles have been published in journals such as the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the New York University Law Review.

Prior to his academic career Professor Nagle worked in the United States Department of Justice, first as an attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel where he advised other executive branch agencies on a variety of constitutional and statutory issues, and later as a trial attorney conducting environmental litigation. He served as a law clerk to Judge Deanell Reece Tacha of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and was a scientific assistant in the Energy and Environmental Systems Division of Argonne National Laboratory.  

Professor Nagle has participated in numerous activities outside of the Notre Dame law school. He has served as a member of the executive committee of the Section on Legislation of the American Association of Law Schools, and as a vice chair on the Endangered Species Committee of the American Bar Association’s environmental section. Professor Nagle helps organize the annual meeting of the Law Professors’ Christian Fellowship, and served as an elder in the Presbyterian church. He is now an elder in the South Bend Christian Reformed Church, and is the faculty adviser for the Christian Law Students, the Journal on Legislation, and Young Life. 


Present John N. Matthews Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School

Curriculum Vitae


1986 Juris Doctor, University of Michigan Law School
1982 Bachelor of Arts, Indiana University, Bloomington

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