Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program

Faculty Bios

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor

Prof. Wiersema’s research focuses on international environmental law, with particular emphasis on international wildlife law, species and biodiversity conservation, and forest conservation. Her most recent work addresses debates about markets for endangered species and the REDD+ program under the international climate change regime. In addition, she writes about the structure of the international environmental legal system, having addressed the role of conferences of the parties in international law-making. Prof. Wiersema’s work breaks down the traditional division of local, national, and international perspectives and is deeply informed by theories of ecological complexity and scientific uncertainty. Prof. Wiersema is a member of the Accountability Panel for the Wildlife Justice Commission, a member of the Board of Editors for the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy, and a member of the IUCN’s World Commission on Environmental Law.

Prof. Wiersema was Director of the International Legal Studies Program at the Sturm College of Law from 2013-2015 and held the Ved P. Nanda Chair. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Prof. Wiersema was an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law and worked in the Denver office of Arnold and Porter LLP as a litigation associate. She was the George W. Foley, Jr. Fellow in Environmental Law at Harvard Law School from 1999-2000 and spent time as a Visiting Scholar at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2001.

CAREER: Justice, Colorado Supreme Court May 1, 1996-August 31, 2015. Senior Water Judge, Colorado Courts January 1, 2016 to Present.

J.D. University of California, Berkeley 1971, Order of the Coif, Supreme Court Editor California Law Review; Co-Editor and Author, Anthem, Boalt Hall Literary Magazine. B.A. University of Notre Dame 1966, Magna Cum Laude, History Major. Attended St. Joseph’s College, 1963-1964 (Minor Seminary for Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco).Practiced law with emphasis on water, environment, land use, and transportation. Partner Hobbs, Trout & Raley P.C. 1992-1996; Partner, Davis, Graham & Stubbs 1979-1992; Assistant Attorney General, State of Colorado, Natural Resources Section 1975-1979; Enforcement Attorney, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1973-1975; Associate, Cooper, White and Cooper (San Francisco) 1972-1973.

Law Clerk to Judge William E. Doyle, United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals 1971-1972.

Taught sixth grade at St.Paul’s Catholic School in New York City 1967 and served in the Peace Corps with wife Bobbie in Colombia 1967-1968.

PROFESSIONAL: Admitted to practice in Colorado and California (inactive). Member, American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, Fellow American Bar Foundation, Fellow, Colorado Bar Association. Former Adjunct Professor, Environmental Law, Master’s Program in Environmental Policy and Management, University of Denver. Frequent teacher water history, culture, paleo-hydrology, and law.

CURRENT CIVIC: Vice-President, Water Education Colorado and Chair of Publications Committee. Co-Convener, Dividing the Waters Educational Project, National Judicial College. Member, Water Court Committee, Colorado Supreme Court. Member Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration Commission.

PAST CIVIC: Chair, Judicial Advisory Council, Colorado Supreme Court. Liaison Justice to Civil Rules Committee, Colorado Supreme Court. Member, Access to Justice Commission. Vice Chair, Colorado Air Quality Commission. Vice-Chair, Denver Metropolitan Regional Air Quality Council. Member, Metropolitan Transportation Development Commission. Member, Governor’s Water Roundtable. Member, Governor’s Transportation Roundtable. Member, Colorado Wilderness Air Quality Related Values Task Force. Eagle Scout. Philmont Scout Ranch Staff, seven years.

BOOKS AUTHORED: Member, Colorado Authors League. Author of In Praise of Fair Colorado, The Practice of Poetry, History and Judging (Bradford Publishing Co. 2004). Colorado Mother of Rivers, Water Poems (Colorado Foundation for Water Education 2005). The Public’s Water Resource, Articles on Water Law, History, and Culture (Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. 2007). Living the Four Corners, Colorado Centennial State at the Headwaters (Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. 2010). Into The Grand (Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. 2012).

For detailed personal and professional background and article authorships, see Guide to the Papers of Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr., Water Resources Archives, Morgan Library, Colorado State University

PERSONAL: Born Dec. 15, 1944, in Gainesville, Florida. Married to Barbara Hay Hobbs since June 17, 1967. Two children, six grandchildren.

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