George Cameron Coggins

Frank Edwards Tyler Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law
Primary office:
520 Green Hall

A 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. He retired from full-time classroom teaching in 2010.


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).

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

California 1967.

Career History
Associate Attorney, McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enerson, 1966-70; Associate Professor, Kansas 1970-73; Professor, 1973-83; Frank Edwards Tyler Professor of Law since 1983; Visiting Professor: University of North Carolina, Spring 1981; Visiting Professor: Northwestern Law School, Lewis & Clark College, Summer 1980, Spring 1983, Summer 1986, Summer 1994; University of Vienna, Spring 1987 & 1995; University of Texas, Spring 1992

Order of the Coif; Trustee, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, since 1976; National Academy of Sciences Rangeland Management Commission 1980-81, 1989-91; Delegate, U.S.-U.S.S.R. Environmental Law Exchange, 1983, 1988-90.

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