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Faculty Profile

Kirsten H. Engel

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Charles E. Ares Professor of Law


E-mail:  Kirsten H. Engel
Office Number: 249
Office Phone: (520) 621-5444

Courses Taught:
Economics, Law and the Environment Workshop (co-teaches with Robert Innes, Dean Lueck and Carol Rose) - Law 697s
Global Climate Change and the Law (Substantial Paper Seminar) - Law 696N
International Environmental Law - Law 696i
Ad-Hoc Externship - Law 693
Environmental Law - Law 669
Environmental Moot Court - Law 653C
The Regulatory State - Law 629
Administrative Law - Law 621A
Administrative Law - Law 621
Property - Law 605
Global Climate Change and the Law - Law 603M

Curriculum Vitae
SSRN Published Papers

Biographical Information

Kirsten Engel is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona where she teaches and researches in the areas of environmental and administrative law. The emphasis of her more recent scholarship is the response of state and local governments to climate change in the United States and especially the constitutional and economic impediments these governments face seeking to mitigate climate change in the absence of comprehensive federal climate change legislation.

Dean Engel is the co-author of an environmental law textbook, book chapters and articles. Her work appears in journals such as the UCLA Law Review Discourse, the Minnesota Law Review, and the Ecology Law Quarterly.

Prior to joining the law faculty at the University of Arizona, Dean Engel held numerous permanent and temporary appointments within academia and in the public and nonprofit sectors, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Massachusetts' Attorney General's Office, and Harvard, Vanderbilt, and Tulane Law Schools.


Northwestern University School of Law, J.D. (1986) American Association of University Women Fellow; Leopold Schepp Foundation Fellow
Brown University, B.A. (1983) magna cum laude

Admitted to Practice

Massachusetts (inactive)
District of Columbia (inactive)
Illinois (inactive)

Professional Work Experience

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, James E. Rogers College of Law, 2012 - present
Professor of Law, James E. Rogers College of Law, 2005 - present
Senior Counsel, Public Protection Bureau, Massachusetts Office of Attorney General, Boston, Mass., 2001 - 2004
Acting Chief, Environmental Protection Division, Massachusetts Office of Attorney General, Boston, Mass., 2000 - 2001
Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Fall 1999
Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Vanderbilt School of Law, Spring 1998
Visiting Scholar, Boalt Hall, University of California School of Law, Berkeley, Spring 1996
Associate Professor of Law, Tulane Law School, New Orleans, La., 1992 - 2000
Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Md., Spring 1992
Staff Attorney, Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, Washington, D.C., 1990 - 1992
Staff Attorney, Office of General Counsel, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., 1987 - 1990
Judicial Clerk, Hon. Myron H. Bright, Senior Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Fargo, N.D., 1986 - 1987

Representative Publications

Navigating Climate Change Policy: The Opportunities of Federalism (2011) (co-editor, with Edella C. Schlager & Sally Rider).
Damages, Injunctions, and Climate Justice: A Reply to Jonathan Zasloff, 58 UCLA L. Rev. Discourse 189 (2011).
Environmental Law: A Conceptual and Pragmatic Approach (2d ed., 2011) (co-author, with David M. Driesen & Robert W. Adler).
Courts and Climate Policy: Now and in the Future, in Greenhouse Governance: Addressing American Climate Change Policy 229 (Barry G. Rabe ed., 2010).
Micro-Motives for State and Local Climate Initiatives, 2 Harv. L. & Pol'y Rev. 119 (2008) (co-author, with Barak Y. Orbach).
Adaptive Federalism: The Case Against Reallocating Environmental Regulatory Authority, 92 Minn. L. Rev. 1796 (2008) (co-author, with David E. Adelman).
Harmonizing Regulatory and Litigation Approaches to Climate Change Mitigation: Incorporating Tradable Emissions Offsets into Common Law Remedies, 155 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1563 (2007).
State Environmental Standard-Setting: Is There a "Race " and Is It "to-the-Bottom"?, 48 Hastings L.J. 271 (1997).
Complete List of Publications

Public Service

Member, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano's Climate Change Advisory Group 2005 - 2006
Board of Directors, Tulance Environmental Law Clinic, Tulane Law School 2001 - present

Institutional Service

Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Environment and Society, University of Arizona 2009 - present
Director, Environmental Law Program, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law 2008 - present
Editor, EDGE Book Series, University of Arizona Press 2008 - present
Faculty Advisor, Environmental Law Society, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law 2007 - present
Pace Environmental Moot Court Advisor, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law 2007 - present
Co-Director, Economics, Law and Environment Program, University of Arizona 2006 - present
Affiliated Faculty, Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona


Sumter Marks Award for Scholarship, Tulane Law School  2000


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