Burke Griggs

Adjunct Faculty
Primary office:

Burke Griggs is Legal Counsel to the Division of Water Resources, Kansas Department of Agriculture. He represents the State of Kansas in federal and interstate water matters, including litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court (Kansas v. Nebraska & Colorado, No. 126 Orig.), arbitration pursuant to the Court's decrees, and the administration of Kansas' four interstate water compacts. He represents the Chief Engineer and the Division in state court and in administrative hearings, and advises the Department and other state agencies in matters of water policy and legislation. Prior to working at DWR, Mr. Griggs worked in private practice at Stevens & Brand LLP, of Lawrence.

Courses Taught:
  • Oil and Gas
  • Public Lands and Natural Resources

Representative Publications

Comparative Water Law and Management: The Yellow River Basin in Western China and the State of Kansas in the Western United States,” 18 KAN. Journal of Law & Public Policy 428-461 (2009) (with John C. Peck and Xue Yunpeng); Groundwater Law and Management: the Asia (IWMI)-Kansas Program,” 41 Creighton Law Review 315-367 (2008) (with John C. Peck); Does Groundwater Management Work? 15 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy 391-405 (2006).


J.D., University of Kansas, Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University, Yale College Teaching Prize, B.A., Stanford University, High Honors and Distinction.


Kansas, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, Supreme Court of the United States

Career History

Assistant Professor of History, Boston College 1998 – 2003; Associate, Stevens & Brand LLP 2006 – 2008; Legal Counsel, Division of Water Resources, Kansas Department of Agriculture since 2008.


Western States Water Council; Board of Directors, Kansas Land Trust; American Bar Association, Environment and Natural Resources Section; Kansas Bar Association.

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