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Jamison E. Colburn

Jamison Colburn

Joseph H. Goldstein Faculty Scholar
Professor of Law

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(814) 865-8965

J.S.D., Columbia University 
LL.M., Harvard 
J.D., Rutgers University 
B.A., State University of New York, Plattsburgh

Professor Jamison Colburn is a scholar of environmental law and policy. Prior to teaching, Professor Colburn was an enforcement litigator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a collaborating researcher with the Project on Public Problem Solving at Columbia University, which studied the collaborative roles played by local and regional grassroots organizations.

Professor Colburn has published widely on the conservation of at-risk species and habitat, the administrative law of environmental assessment, and multi-level governance. He is a member of the Society for Conservation Biology and of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, a past chair of the Constitutional Law Committee of the ABA's Section on Environment, Energy & Resources, and a former trustee of the Connecticut River Watershed Council. He is the founder and editor of the NEPA Lab, a website devoted to innovation and experimentation with the National Environmental Policy Act.

“Addition by Subtraction: NEPA Routines as Means to More Systemic Ends,” inThe Laws of Nature: Reflections on Ecosystem Management Law & Policy (Kalyani Robbins ed., 2013).

“Reasons as Experiments: Judgment and Justification in the Hard Look,” 9 Contemp. Pragmatism 205 (2013) (invited article for philosophy journal’s symposium on “Democratic Experimentalism”).
“Permits, Property, and Planning in the 21st Century: Habitat as Survival and Beyond,” in Rebuilding the Ark: New Perspectives on ESA Reform (Jonathan H. Adler ed., 2011)
“Agency Interpretations,” 82 Temple L. Rev. 657 (2010)
“Splitting the Atom of Property: Rights Experimentalism as Obligation to Future Generations,” 77 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1411 (2009)
“Habitat and Humanity: Public Lands Law in the Age of Ecology,” 39 Ariz. St. L. J. 145 (2007)
“Localism's Ecology: Protecting and Restoring Habitat in the Suburban Nation,” 33 Ecology L.Q. 945 (2006)
“The Indignity of Federal Wildlife Habitat Law,” 57 Alabama L. Rev. 417 (2005)