James R. Rasband – BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School

James R. Rasband

Hugh W. Colton Professor of Law

Professor Rasband joined the Law School faculty in 1995. Prior to entering academia, he served as a law clerk to Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and practiced law at Perkins Coie in Seattle, Washington, where his practice focused on Indian treaty litigation. He served as dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School from 2009 - 2016. Prior to his appointment as dean, he served as the Associate Academic Vice President for Faculty in the university administration and also as the Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs at the Law School.

Professor Rasband’s research and teaching has centered on public land and natural resources law and policy. He has published many articles and book chapters on these subjects and is coauthor, along with James Salzman at Duke University and Mark Squillace at the University of Colorado, of Natural Resources Law and Policy, an important casebook in the field. He has taught courses in water law, wildlife law, public lands and natural resources law, torts, and international environmental law. He has also taught as a visiting professor at Murdoch University School of Law in Perth, Australia, and as a visiting fellow at T. C. Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

Courses Taught

  • International Environmental Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Torts
  • Water Law
  • Wildlife Law
  • Torts I
  • Torts II
  • Topics in Public Natural Resources Law
  • Public Land & Natural Resources Law
  • Environmental Law and Policy Seminar
  • Professional Seminar
  • Public Land Law

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1989
  • B.A., Brigham Young University, 1986
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