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William H. Rodgers, Jr., and Environmental Law: Never Give Up, Keep on Going

34 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2007  

John E. Bonine

University of Oregon; Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide; Western Environmental Law Center


If the pages of the books and articles written by environmental law Professor William H. Rodgers, Jr., were put end to end, they would reach 5.8 times as high as the Empire State Building, would equal 6.7 Eiffel Towers, and could just barely be matched by twelve Seattle Space Needles.

His scholarship is known for trenchant insights and rapier wit (of Judge Alex Kozinski, he once wrote, I am told that this judge, Kozinski, was one of the youngest ever honored with an appointment to a court of appeals. He should have gone to law school first.)

But Rodgers is far more than a scholar with a sharp eye and sharp tongue. He is a teacher who enlightens as he entertains. Professor Rodgers also puts his knowledge to practical use in the courtroom on behalf of those lacking justice, on a fishing boat talking with working people, or sitting, talking quietly, and consulting with tribal elders.

This essay looks at the tree his career has helped grow, consider some comments by others who have sheltered under it, and take note of the many contributions that Bill Rodgers has made, professionally and personally, to fertilizing the field of environmental and natural resources law.

Keywords: william rodgers, environmental law, indians, native americans, salmon, teaching

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

Bonine, John E., William H. Rodgers, Jr., and Environmental Law: Never Give Up, Keep on Going. Washington Law Review, Vol. 82, p. 459, 2007. Available at SSRN:

John Bonine (Contact Author)

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