The sixth AnnualWilliam French Smith Memorial Lecture
The Law of Climate Change Scholars' Presentation
Professor John C. Nagle
JOHN COPELAND NAGLE is the John N. Matthews Chair at the Notre Dame Law School, where he teaches legislation, property, and a variety of environmental law courses. He is the co-author of three casebooks: "The Practice and Policy of Environmental Law," "Property: Cases and Materials," and "The Law of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management." His book "Law's Environment: How the Law Affects the Environment," was published by the Yale University Press in 2010. He also writes about the relationship between environmental pollution, cultural pollution, and other kinds of "pollution," and about how religious teachings influence environmental law.
Professor Nagle's articles on environmental law, statutory interpretation, the legislative process, and campaign finance have been published in journals such as the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the New York University Law Review. His article on the history of the twentieth amendment was featured during the debate on the ability of a lame-duck Congress to impeach President Clinton in 1998. His other writings have explored such topics as the scope of congressional power to protect endangered species, alternative approaches to campaign finance reform, and the competing roles of Congress and the courts in correcting statutory mistakes. Professor Nagle has lectured on legislation and environmental issues at numerous forums in the United States and around the world. He has received two Fulbright awards: first to serve as a Distinguished Lecturer at the Tsinghua University School of Law in Beijing during 2002, where he taught property law and environmental law; and then to serve as a distinguished scholar with the faculty of law of the University of Hong Kong during the spring of 2008. He taught a course on climate change law at Notre Dame's London program during the fall of 2010.
Prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty, Professor Nagle was an associate professor at the Seton Hall University School of Law from 1994 through 1998. He also worked in the United States Department of Justice, first as an attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel where he advised other executive branch agencies on a variety of constitutional and statutory issues, and later as a trial attorney conducting environmental litigation. Professor Nagle served as a law clerk to Judge Deanell Reece Tacha of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and he was a scientific assistant in the Energy and Environmental Systems Division of Argonne National Laboratory. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the University of Michigan Law School.
Professor Nagle has participated in numerous activities outside of the law school. He has served as a member of the executive committee of the Section on Legislation of the American Association of Law Schools, and as a vice chair on the Endangered Species Committee of the American Bar Association's environmental section, and he helps organize the annual meeting of the Law Professors' Christian Fellowship. Professor Nagle is an elder in the South Bend Christian Reformed Church, a member of the board of Covenant Christian School, and a former member of the Young Life Michiana committee. He is married to Lisa Nagle and is the father of two girls.