Bret Birdsong

Bret Birdsong

Professor of Law

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Areas of expertise:

Public Lands and Natural Resources Law, Water Law, Environmental Quality Law, Property Law and Administrative Law

Bio:

Professor Birdsong, a professor of law at UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, is a recognized expert in Public Land, Federal Natural Resources, Water Rights and Conservation Law.  Most recently, while on leave from the law school from 2013-2016, he served in the Obama Administration as Deputy Solicitor for Land Resources at the U.S. Department of the Interior.  At Interior he provided counsel to the Secretary of the Interior regarding the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and other agencies regarding important conservation and land management policy initiatives.

Professor Birdsong earned his J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1993. After clerking for Judge Robert P. Patterson, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Professor Birdsong joined the United States Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, as a trial attorney focusing on public land and natural resources litigation from 1994-2000. As an Ian Axford Fellow in Public Policy in 1998, he studied New Zealand's specialized Environment Court and served as a visiting fellow in the office of New Zealand's Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.

Professor Birdsong teaches, Public Lands and Natural Resources Law, Water Law, Environmental Quality Law, Property Law and Administrative Law.  His scholarly research focuses on Public Land Management, Federal Water Rights, and Food Systems. He is a co-author of Natural Resources Law: A Place-Based Book of Problems and Cases (Aspen 3d ed. 2013) and edits chapters on Federal Reserved Water Rights and Interstate Water Allocation in the Treatise Waters and Water Rights.  Since joining the law school faculty and moving to Las Vegas in 2000, he has learned to point his car away from the Strip, where he enjoys exploring the public lands.

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