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George Cameron Coggins

Frank Edwards Tyler Professor of Law
The University of Kansas School of Law
Lawrence, KS 66045

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  • J.D. 1966, Michigan, Associate Editor, Michigan Law Review
  • A.B. 1963, Central Michigan


graduate of the University of Michigan School of Law, George Cameron Coggins joined the KU law faculty in 1970 after practice with the San Francisco law firm of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enerson. He was named the Frank Edwards Tyler Professor of Law in 1983 in recognition of his achievements in the areas of environmental law, wildlife law, national energy policy, and national public land and resources. He is a prolific scholar whose work is often cited by courts and others writing in his areas of expertise. Professor Coggins, with his co-author Charles Wilkinson, first developed a framework for the organization and study of the field of public natural resources law when they published their seminal casebook, Federal Public Land and Resources Law, in 1981. Often at the forefront of proposals to reform laws in this area, Coggins continues to generate attention and praise for his thoughtful and innovative analyses both as a conference speaker and through his numerous publications.

Representative Publications:

Federal Public Land and Resources Law (with Wilkinson)(5th ed. 2001 & supplements); Public Natural Resources Law (with Glicksman) (1990, 3 vols., semiannual supplements); A Strategy to Prevent Groundwater Pollution (with Glicksman) (1986); "Regulating Federal Natural Resources: A Summary Case Against Devolved Collaboration," 25 Ecology Law Quarterly 602 (1999); "Devolution in Federal Land Law: Abdication by Any Other Name," 3 Hastings N-NW Journal of Environmental Law & Policy 211 (1996); "Legal Problems and Powers Inherent in Ecosystem Management," 5 Natural Resources and Environmental Issues 36 (1995); "Overcoming the Unfortunate Legacies of Western Public Land Law," 29 Land and Water Law Review 381 (1004); "Eleven Reasons to Disregard this Commentary on the Brave New Era in Western Public Land Law," 65 Colorado Law Review 402 (1994).

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