Brigham Daniels

Professor of Law

Professor Brigham Daniels has expertise in environmental law, property law, and natural resources law. He has received several teaching awards. Prior to joining the J. Reuben Clark Law School he taught as an assistant professor at the University of Houston Law Center and as a lecturing fellow at Duke Law School.

Professor Daniels earned a PhD from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. He received his juris doctorate from Stanford Law School, where he was an associate editor of the Stanford Law Review. He also graduated magna cum laude in economics and received a masters of public administration from the University of Utah. Daniels was a recipient of the Harry S Truman Scholarship, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and the Stanford Public Interest Law Fellowship.

He has clerked for the Honorable Ted Stewart on the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, has worked as an associate at Parsons, Behle, & Latimer, and has consulted on environmental, water, and land use issues for a wide range of clients.

Professor Daniels regularly teaches courses relating to environmental law and property law.

Courses Taught

  • Property Law
  • Water Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Legislation and Regulation
  • Environmental Law and Policy Seminar
  • Int'l Environmental Law
  • Law Review (Co-Curricular)
  • Politics of Environmental Law
  • Oil and Gas
  • Public Lands and Natural Resources


  • Ph.D., Duke University, 2010
  • J.D., Stanford University, 2003
  • M.P.A., University of Utah, 2000
  • B.S., University of Utah, 1998


  • Just Environmentalism, 37 Yale L. & Pol'y Rev. 1 (2018) (with Michalyn Steele & Lisa Grow Sun). [SSRN]
  • Commons Storytelling, in Handbook of the Commons (Routledge Press 2019).
  • Come Hell and High Water: Climate Change Policy in the Age of Trump, 13 FIU L. Rev. 65 (2018) (invited symposium).
  • Can Information Outreach Increase Participation in Community-Driven Development? A Field Experiment near Bwindi National Park, Uganda, 106 World Dev. 407 (2018) (with Mark T. Buntaine & Colleen Devlin). [SSRN]
  • Externality Entrepreneurism, 50 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 321 (2016) (with Lisa Grow Sun). [SSRN]
  • Our Constitutional Commons, 49 Ga. L. Rev. 995 (2015) (with Blake Hudson). [SSRN]
  • Mirrored Externalities, 90 Notre Dame L. Rev. 135 (2014) (with Lisa Grow Sun). [SSRN]
  • Agency as Principal, 48 Ga. L. Rev. 335 (2014). [SSRN]
  • The Tragicomedy of the Commons, 2014 BYU L. Rev. 1347. [SSRN]
  • Legispedia, in Governing the Knowledge Commons (Oxford University Press 2014).
  • Environmental Regulatory Nukes, 2013 Utah L. Rev. 1505 (2013). [SSRN]
  • When Agencies Go Nuclear: A Game Theoretical Approach to the Biggest Sticks in an Agency's Arsenal, 80 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 442 (2012). [SSRN]
  • Addressing Global Climate Change in an Age of Political Climate Change, 2011 BYU L. Rev. 1899. [SSRN]
  • Governing the Presidential Nomination Commons, 84 Tul. L. Rev. 899 (2010). [SSRN]
  • Regulating Climate: What Role for the Clean Air Act?, 39 Envtl. L. Rep. 10,837 (2009) (with Hannah Polikoff, Timothy Profeta & James Salzman). [SSRN]
  • Is an Exemption from US Groundwater Regulation a Loophole or a Noose?, 41 Pol’y Sci., Sept. 2008, at 205 (with Erika Weinthal & Blake Hudson). [SSRN]
  • Revitalizing Zion: Nineteenth-Century Mormonism and Today’s Urban Sprawl, 28 J. Land Resources & Envtl. L. 527 (2008). [SSRN]
  • Emerging Commons and Tragic Institutions, 37 Envtl. L. 517 (2007). [SSRN]
  • California, Climate Change and the Constitution, 37 Envtl. L. Rep. 10,653 (2007), reprinted in 25 Envtl. Forum, July/Aug. 2008, at 50 (with Erwin Chemerinsky, Brettny Hardy, Tim Profeta, Chris Schroeder, & Neil Siegel). [SSRN]


  • Brigham Young University, Professor of Law 2014-Present; Associate Professor of Law, 2010-2014
  • University of Houston Law Center, Assistant Professor and Co-Director for Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Center, 2008-2010
  • Duke University School of Law, Lecturing Fellow, 2007-2008
  • Nicholas Institute for Environmental Solutions, Project Director for State Climate Policy Project, 2005-2008
  • United States Federal Court, Clerk for the Honorable Ted Stewart, District of Utah, 2004-2005
  • Parsons Behle & Latimer, Associate, 2003-2004
  • Utah Department of Natural Resource, Economic and Policy Analyst, 1998-1999