Elizabeth A. Kronk Warner

Associate Professor of Law
Director, Tribal Law & Government Center
Affiliated Professor, Indigenous Studies
785-864-1139
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. 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 received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.S. from Cornell University. Warner is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

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

 

Representative Publications
"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
"Federal Indian Law 101," CLE presentation for Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, Kansas City, MO (Oct. 5, 2012); "United States v. Jicarilla Apache Nation: Related Past Precedent, the Decision and Potential Future Implications," 12th Annual Native Nations Law Symposium, hosted by the Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas, Horton, KS (Sept. 14, 2012); “Emerging Issues for Energy Development in Indian Country,” University of Montana School of Law Indian Law Week, Missoula, MT (April 26, 2012); “Tribal Energy Resource Agreements: The Unintended ‘Great Mischief for Indian Energy Development’ and the Resulting Need for Reform,” faculty exchange, University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, OK (April 11, 2012); co-presenter, “Competency and the Modern Practice of Law: Ethical Perspectives Based on Environmental, Tax and Health Law,” ethics CLE presentation, Lubbock, TX (March 3, 2012); “Federal Indian Law 101, Including Indian Gaming,” Federal Bar Association New Orleans Chapter CLE Presentation, New Orleans (Feb. 3, 2012); “Ethical Quandaries Presented by the Modern Practice of Environmental Law,” Texas Bar CLE on “Environmental Impacts of Oil and Gas Production,” Houston (Jan. 13, 2012).

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

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

Admitted
District of Columbia 2005, Michigan 2003, Montana 2007, 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; Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Law, June 2012-.

Member
Federal Bar Association.

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