Elizabeth A. Kronk Warner

Professor of Law
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Director, Tribal Law & Government Center
Affiliated Professor, Indigenous Studies
Courtesy Faculty, Environmental Studies Program
Primary office:
406 Green Hall

Elizabeth Kronk Warner joined the KU Law faculty in June 2012. Prior to her arrival at KU, Warner served on the law faculties at Texas Tech University and the University of Montana. In 2010, Warner was selected to serve as an Environmental Justice Young Fellow through the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law at Vermont Law School. She has also served as a visiting professor at Xiamen University in Xiamen, China, and Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2014, Warner received the Immel Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2016 she received the Dean Frederick J. Moreau teaching and mentoring award from the graduating class. Her scholarship, which focuses primarily on the intersection of Indian Law and Environmental Law, is published in several prominent journals, including the Arizona Law Review, Colorado Law Review and Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. She is also co-author of the casebook Native American Natural Resources, and she co-edited "Climate Change and Indigenous People: The Search for Legal Remedies." In addition to teaching, Warner serves as an appellate judge for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Court of Appeals in Michigan and as a district judge for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation in Kansas. Before entering academia, Warner practiced environmental, Indian, and energy law as an associate in the Washington, D.C. offices of Latham & Watkins LLP and Troutman Sanders LLP. Warner previously served as chair of the Federal Bar Association Indian Law Section and was elected to the Association’s national board of directors in 2011. She currently serves as chairwoman of the Kansas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.S. from Cornell University. Warner is a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

Courses Taught:
  • Federal Indian Law
  • Native American Natural Resources
  • Property
  • Tribal Law


J.D., Michigan, 2003; B.S., Cornell, 2000.


Federal Indian Law, Native American Natural Resources, Property, Tribal Law

Research Interests

Federal Indian law, tribal law, environment and natural resources, and property.


Federal Bar Association.


District of Columbia 2005, Michigan 2003, Montana 2007 (inactive), U.S. District Court for the District of Montana 2007.

Career History

Associate, Troutman Sanders, Washington, D.C., 2003-2004; Associate, Latham & Watkins, Washington, D.C., 2004-2006; Assistant Professor, University of Montana School of Law, 2006-2011; Visiting Professor, Xiamen University, China, Summer 2007; Appellate Judge, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Court of Appeals, 2008-present Fellow, Environmental Justice Young Fellows Exchange Program, Summer 2010; Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University School of Law, 2011-2012; Visiting Professor, Bahcesehir University, Turkey, Summer 2014; Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Law, 2012-2015; Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law, 2015-present; District Judge, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, 2015-present.

Teaching Interests

  • Native American
  • American Indian
  • Indian
  • Tribe
  • Property
  • Natural resources
  • Environment
  • Energy
  • Climate change
  • Indigneous
  • Tribal court
  • Tribal judicial support clinic
  • Federal Indian law

Research Interests

  • Native American
  • American indian
  • Indian
  • Tribe
  • Property
  • Natural resources
  • Environment
  • Energy
  • Tribal energy resource agreements
  • Climate change
  • Indigenous
  • Tribal court
  • Federal trust responsibility
  • Renewable energy

Selected Publications

Kronk Warner, E. Ann (2016). Looking to the Third Sovereign: Tribal Environmental Ethics as an Alternative Paradigm. Pace Environmental Law Review, 33.

Kronk Warner, E. Ann (2016). Tips for Practicing in Tribal Court. Kansas Bar Association Journal, 85, 24-29.

Kronk Warner, E. Ann, & Brewer, J. (2015). Protecting Indigenous Knowledge in the Age of Climate Change. Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, 27(4), 585-628.

Kronk Warner, E. Ann (2015). Justice Brandeis and Indian Country: Lessons from the Tribal Environmental Laboratory . Arizona State Law Journal, 47(3), 857-917.

Kronk Warner, E. Ann (2015). South of South: Examining the International Climate Change Regime from an Indigenous Perspective. In . (Ed.), International Environmental Law: Perspectives from the Global South. Cambridge University Press.

Kronk Warner, E. Ann (2015). Tribes as Innovative Environmental "Laboratories". University of Colorado Law Review, 86(3), 789-859.

Kronk Warner, E. Ann (2015). Indigenous Adaptation in the Face of Climate Change. University of Missouri Journal of Environmental and Sustainability Law.

Kronk Warner, E. Ann (2015). Working to Protect the Seventh Generation: Indigenous Peoples as Agents of Change. Santa Clara Journal of International Law, 13.

Kronk Warner, E. Ann (2014). Examining Tribal Environmental Law. Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, 39(1), 42-104.

Kronk Warner, E. Ann, & Abate, R. S. (2013). International and Domestic Dimensions of Climate Justice for Arctic Indigenous Peoples . Revue Générale De Droit, 43, 113-150.

Kronk Warner, E. Ann (2013). Tribal Renewable Energy Development Under the HEARTH Act: An Independently Rational, but Collectively Deficient, Option. Arizona Law Review, 55(4), 1031-1072.

Abate, R. S., & Kronk, E. Ann (2013). Commonality Among Unique Indigenous Communities: An Introduction to Climate Change and its Impacts on Indigenous People. In R. S Abate & E. Ann Kronk (Eds.), Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Legal Remedies. Edward Elgar.

Kronk, E. Ann (2013). Indian Law. In . (Ed.), 2013 Kansas Annual Survey (Vol. XXIV). Kansas Bar Association.

Newton, E. C., & Kronk, E. Ann (2013). Introduction to Indigenous Sovereignty Under International and Domestic Law. In R. S. Abate & E. Ann Kronk (Eds.), Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Legal Remedies. Edward Elgar.

Royster, J. V., Blumm, M., & Kronk, E. Ann (2013). Native American Natural Resources, Carolina Academic Press.

Kronk, E. Ann & Abate, R. S. (Eds.). (2013). Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Legal Remedies (E. Ann Kronk & R. S. Abate, Eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing.

Kronk, E. Ann (2012). Application of Environmental Justice to Climate Change-Related Claims Bought by Native Nations . In S. Krakoff & E. Rosser (Eds.), Tribes, Land and the Environment (2012th ed.). Ashgate.

Kronk, E. Ann (2012). Tightening the Perceived "Loophole": Reexamining ICRA's Limitation on Tribal Court Punishment Authority. In K. A. Carpenter, M. L. M. Fletcher, & A. R. Riley (Eds.), The Indian Civil Rights Act at Forty. UCLA American Indian Studies Center.

Kronk, E. A. (2012). Access to Justice?: Considering the Impacts of Climate Change on Native Communities from an Environmental Justice Perspective. In S. Krakoff & E. Rosser (Eds.), Tribes, Land, and the Environment(2012th ed.). Ashgate.

Kronk, E. Ann (2012). Tribal Energy Resource Agreements: The Unintended “Great Mischief for Indian Energy Development” and the Resulting Need for Reform. Pace Environmental Law Review, 29, 811.

Kronk, E. Ann (2012). United States v. Jicarilla Apache Nation: Its Importance and Potential Future Ramifications. Fed. Law., 59, 4.

Kronk, E. A. (2011). Effective Access to Justice: Applying the Parens Patriae Standing Doctrine to Climate Change-Related Claims Brought by Native Nations. Public Land & Resources Law Review, 32, 1.

Kronk, E. A. (2011). Application of Title VI in Indian Country: The Key is Tribal Sovereignty. Florida A & M University Law Review, 6, 215.

Kronk, E. A. (2010). Alternative Energy Development in Indian Country: Lighting the Way for the Seventh Generation. Idaho Law Review, 46, 449.

Selected Presentations

Kronk Warner, E. (05/13/2016 - 05/13/2016). Environmental Justice in Indian Country. Second Annual Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators. Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law -- Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona

Kronk Warner, E. (04/25/2016 - 04/25/2016). 2016 Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples Lecture. University of Oregon -- Eugene, OR

Kronk Warner, E. (01/19/2016 - 01/19/2016). Tribal Sovereignty and Climate Change for Alaska Natives. Alaska Policy & Climate Adaptation Webinar Series. Online (hosted in Alaska)

Kronk Warner, E. (11/21/2015 - 11/21/2015). Environmental Justice as It Applies to Contemporary Environmental Challenges in Indian Country. Civil Rights The Present and Future of Civil Rights Movements: Race and Reform in 21st Century America. Duke Law School

Kronk Warner, E. (11/05/2015 - 11/05/2015). Development of Tribal Environmental Law. Michigan State University Law School Indigenous Policy Center 12th Annual Indigenous Law and Policy Center Conference. East Lansing, MI

Kronk Warner, E. (10/02/2015 - 10/02/2015). Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples. 2015 LatCrit Conference. Anaheim, CA

Kronk Warner, E. (08/21/2015 - 08/21/2015). Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change: Empowerment and Resilience. 2015 UNFCCC NGO Forum. Taipei, Taiwan

Kronk Warner, E. (04/09/2015 - 04/09/2015). Active Tribal Stewardship Addressing Climate Change. 40th Annual Federal Bar Association Indian Law Conference. Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, Arizona

Kronk Warner, E. (03/30/2015 - 03/30/2015). Guarding Against Exploitation: Protecting Traditional Knowledge in the Era of Climate Change. Native Law Conference hosted by the University of Idaho College of Law. Moscow, Idaho

Kronk Warner, E. (02/28/2015 - 02/28/2015). Climate Change and Native Nations: The Search for Legal Remedies. 2015 Yale New Direction in Environmental Law Confernece. New Haven, CT

Kronk Warner, E. (04/04/2014 - 04/04/2014). Tribes as Environmental Innovators. 28th Annual Coming Together of Peoples Conference hosted by the University of Wisconsin Law School. Madison, Wisconsin

Kronk Warner, E. (02/14/2014 - 02/14/2014). Indigenous Peoples & Climate Change Perspective. University of Missouri Journal of Environmental and Sustainability Law Symposium. Columbia, MO http://www.law.missouri.edu/faculty/symposium/jesl2014/brochure.pdf

Kronk Warner, E. (01/25/2014 - 01/25/2014). Working to Protect the Seventh Generation: Indigenous Peoples as Agents of Change. 2014 Santa Clara Journal of International Law Symposium. Santa Clara, CA

Kronk Warner, E. (10/25/2013 - 10/25/2013). Energy Development in Indian Country: Potential Opportunities and Pitfalls. Michigan State University College of Law 10th Annual Indigenous Law Conference. East Lansing, MI

Kronk Warner, E. (09/13/2013 - 09/13/2013). Tribal Environmental Law. Native Nations Law Symposium. Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (Mayetta, KS)

Kronk, E. (04/24/2013). Renewable Energy Development in Indian Country. Legal & Policy Pathways for Energy Innovation hosted by the Consortium on Law and Values at the University of Minnesota School of Law. Minneapolis, MN

Kronk, E. (04/19/2013). Teetering on the Tip of the Spear: Indigenous Adaptation in the Face of Global Climate Change. The Big Thaw: Policy, Governance and Climate Change in the Circumpolar North. The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy in Buffalo, NY

Kronk, E. (04/12/2013).  Noah’s Heirs? Biodiversity, Endangered Species, and Resiliency. Annual Wallace Stegner Symposium. University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

Kronk, E. (01/06/2013). Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Intersection of Environmental Law, Natural Resources Development, Water Law, Energy Law, International Law, and Indigenous Law. AALS Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA

Kronk, E. (11/10/2012). Indigenous People and Extractive Justice. Environmental Justice and Human Rights: Investigating the Tensions, Exploring the Possibilities hosted by the University of Ottawa. Ottawa, Ontario; Canada

Kronk, E. (09/14/2012). United States v. Jicarilla Apache Nation: Related Past Precedent, the Decision and Potential Future Implications. 12th Annual Native Nations Law Symposium. Horton, KS

Kronk, E. (06/10/2012). Modern Miner's Canary: The Effects of Climate Change on Indigenous Communities. AALS Workshop on Torts, Environment, & Disaster. Berkeley, CA

Kronk, E. & . (04/26/2012). Emerging Issues for Energy Development in Indian Country. Indian Law Week. University of Montana School of Law

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