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About Reed D. Benson

Reed Benson joined the UNM law faculty in July 2008, contributing a broad background in environmental work, including five years as executive director of WaterWatch of Oregon. In addition to teaching natural resources classes.

Prior to coming to UNM, he spent six years on the faculty of the University of Wyoming College of Law, where he taught courses in environmental law, legislation, water law and administrative law, and served as faculty adviser to the Wyoming Law Review. He previously worked as a staff attorney for the Land and Water Fund of the Rockies, an attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and an associate for the Colorado law firm of Hutchinson, Black & Cook.

Benson's writing focuses on water law and environmental issues facing the West. His most recent publications examine such topics as the application of the Endangered Species Act to federal water projects, the efforts of western cities to ensure adequate water supplies for recreation, and the scope of federal deference to state laws governing water allocation and management. He is co-author on the 7th edition of the Water Resource Management casebook published by Foundation Press.


Present Don L. & Mabel F. Dickason Endowed Chair in Law, University of New Mexico School of Law


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Honors and Awards

  • Keleher & McLeod Professor
  • Don L. & Mabel F. Dickason Endowed Chair in Law


  • Administrative Law
  • Federal Law of Water Resources
  • Introduction to Natural Resources and Environmental Law
  • Natural Resources
  • Water Law

Contact Information

University of New Mexico
1117 Stanford NE
Office: 3237
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone: 505-277-1119


Books and Book Chapters (1)

Scholarly Articles (32)