Environmental Law Clinic
Law School Clinical Program
Director of the Environmental Law Clinic
Michael Harris is Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He received a B.A. in Environmental and Political Studies from Pitzer College in Claremont, California, a M.S.L. from Vermont Law School, and a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California-Berkeley, where he was an Executive Editor for the Ecology Law Quarterly. Before coming to Denver, Professor Harris was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Vermont Law School, where he taught Air Pollution Law & Policy and Administrative Law. Professor Harris’ career has focused exclusively on the practice of environmental law, much of it working directly on litigation to protect public health and natural resources.
Professor Harris’ scholarship focuses on reforming administrative process to help restore trustworthiness to regulatory lawmaking and government. In addition to teaching in the Environmental Law Clinic, Professor Harris teaches a fall environmental justice seminar and a spring section of administrative law.
- Intervention of Right in Judicial Proceedings to Review Informal Federal Rulemakings, 40 Hofstra L. Rev. 879 (Lead Article) (2012).
- Home, Home on the Range: Does Canned-Hunting in the U.S. Undermine Conservation of Endangered African Antelope?, co-authored with Amanda Becker, Chelsea Peterson and Jessica Zaegel, ABA Endangered Species Committee Newsletter, Vol. 13, Issue 1 (2012).
- Breaking The Grip Of The Administrative Triad: Agency Policymaking Under A Necessity-Based Doctrine, 86 Tulane L. Rev. 273 (Lead Article) (2011).
- Environmental Deliberative Democracy and the Search for Administrative Legitimacy: A Legal Positivism Approach, University of Michigan J. of Law Reform, March 2010.
- Standing in the Way of Judicial Review: Use of The Deliberative Process Privilege in APA Case, 53 Saint Louis L.J. 349 (2009).