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Jan G. Laitos

Robert B. Yegge Excellence in Teaching Award - 2005

Jan G. Laitos is the John A. Carver, Jr. Professor of Law and Director of the Natural Resources and Environmental Law Program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He received his B.A. from Yale, his J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School, and his S.J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. In 1996, he was selected by the University of Denver for the University's Distinguished Teaching Award. Laitos is a reporter for the Land Use Law & Zoning Digest, which is published monthly by the American Planning Association, and also a Board Member of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute. He has served as a commissioner (and Vice Chair) on the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission from 1985-1992. Prior to joining the DU Law faculty, Laitos was the law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, and an attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He is the author of several articles on natural resources and environmental law, and many on the Takings Clause and Retroactivity. He is also the author of seven books: Hornbook on Natural Resources Law (West Publishing, 2002); Regulation of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes (Foundation Press, 2000); Law of Property Rights Protection: Limitations on Governmental Powers (Aspen Law and Business, 1999), and annual updates; Energy and Natural Resources Law (West Publishing, 1992); Cases and Materials on Natural Resources Law (West Publishing, 1985); A Legal Economic History of Air Pollution Controls (Carrollton Press, 1980); and The Law of CERCLA and RCRA (Foundation Press, 2005). He also is a contributing author to a book published by Duke University Press in 2002 entitled The Moral Austerity of Environmental Decisionmaking.