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. 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. In addition to teaching, Warner serves as an appellate judge for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Court of Appeals in Michigan. 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


Representative Publications
"Tribes as Innovative Environmental Laboratories," __ Colo. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming), submitted February 2014; "Examining Tribal Environmental Law," 39(1) Columbia Journal of Environmental Law 42-104 (Spring 2014); "Tribal Renewable Energy Development Under the HEARTH Act: An Independently Rational, but Collectively Deficient Option," Arizona Law Review (forthcoming 2013); co-author, "Native American Natural Resources" (3d ed., Carolina Academic Press, 2013); co-editor, “Climate Change, Indigenous Peoples, and the Search for Legal Remedies,” Edward "Elgar Publishing (2013); “Tightening the Perceived ‘Loophole’: Reexamining ICRA’s Limitation on Tribal Court Punishment Authority,” book chapter in “The Indian Civil Rights Act of Forty” (Kristen A. Carpenter, Matthew L. M. Fletcher and Angela R. Riley, eds.), UCLA American Indian Studies Center (2012); “Tribal Energy Resource Agreements: The Unintended ‘Great Mischief for Indian Energy Development’ and the Resulting Need for Reform,” 29 Pace Environmental Law Review 811 (2012); “Application of Title VI in Indian Country: The Key is Tribal Sovereignty,” 6 Florida A&M University Law Review 215 (Spring 2011); “Effective Access to Justice: Applying the Parens Patriae Standing Doctrine to Climate Change-Related Claims Brought by Native Nations,” 32 Public Land & Resources Law Review 1 (2011); “American Indian Tribal Courts as Models for Incorporating Customary Law,” 3 Journal of Court Innovation 231 (Winter 2010); “Alternative Energy Development in Indian Country: Lighting the Way for the Seventh Generation,” 46 Idaho Law Review 449 (2010).

Selected Presentations
Moderator & Speaker, Development of Domestic Law as it Affects Women, Federal Bar Association Women in the Law Conference, Washington, DC (July 11, 2014); Speaker, Tribes as Environmental Innovators, 28th Annual Coming Together of Peoples Conference hosted by the University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin (April 4, 2014); Author & Presenter, Tribes as Innovative Environmental "Laboratories", Faculty Workshop Exchange hosted by the University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, AR (March 13, 2014); Author & Presenter, Indigenous Peoples & Climate Change Perspective, University of Missouri Journal of Environmental and Sustainability Law Symposium, Columbia, MO (February 14, 2014); Invited Panel Presenter, Working to Protect the Seventh Generation:  Indigenous Peoples as Agents of Change, 2014 Santa Clara Journal of International Law Symposium, Santa Clara, CA (January 25, 2014); Guest Speaker, Federal Indian Law 101, Meeting of the FBA Massachusetts Chapter, Boston, MA (November 21, 2013); Author & Presenter, Is Title VI a Viable Tool for Protection of Environmental Justice Communities?, Fourth Annual Environmental Law and Justice Symposium, Florida A&M University School of Law, Orlando, FL (November 8, 2013); Author & Presenter, Examining Tribal Environmental Law, Annual Junior Scholars Workshop, Michigan State University College of Law; East Lansing, MI (November 1, 2013); Invited Panel Presenter, Energy Development in Indian Country:  Potential Opportunities and Pitfalls, Michigan State University College of Law 10th Annual Indigenous Law Conference, East Lansing, MI (October 25, 2013); Moderator & Coordinator, Women in the Law:  Lessons from Our Past and Judiciary, 2013 Annual Federal Bar Association Convention, San Juan, Puerto Rico (September 27, 2013); Author & Presenter, Tribal Environmental Law, Native Nations Law Symposium, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (Mayetta, KS) (September 13, 2013); Invited Panel Presenter, 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 (April 24, 2013); Invited Panel Presenter, 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 (April 19, 2013); Invited Panel Presenter, Noah’s Heirs?  Biodiversity, Endangered Species, and Resiliency, Annual Wallace Stegner Symposium, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law (April 12, 2013); Invited Presenter, Experiences of a Native, Female Law Professor:  Intersections of Race and Gender in the Legal Academy, Presumed Incompetent hosted by Berkeley Law School, Berkeley, CA (March 8, 2013); Speaker, Ethical Quandaries Presented by the Modern Practice of Climate Change and Indian Law, 17th Annual Tribal Law and Government Conference, Lawrence, KS (March 1, 2013); Moderator & Speaker, 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 (January 6, 2013).

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

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

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, June 2012-.

Federal Bar Association.

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 34 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,600+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., and 21 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 20th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 80 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • More than 600 employment interviews at law school, 2014-15
  • 92 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2014 – top 20 percent nationally
  • 23rd: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at nation’s largest law firms
  • #1 in Kansas and Missouri for July 2015 bar exam performance