William Rodgers

  • Emeritus Professor of Law

Contact

Phone: (206) 543-5182
Email: whr@uw.edu

William Rodgers

Education

B.A. 1961, Harvard University J.D. 1965, Columbia University

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Environmental Law — Water Law

Recent Courses

LAW E 594 Regulatory Environmental Law and Policy Clinic

Selected Publications

See the full list under the Publications tab below.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Books or Treatises

  • William H. Rodgers, Jr. & Elizabeth Burleson, 5 Environmental Law (2018). 572 pages.
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr. & Elizabeth Burleson, 3 Environmental Law: Pesticides and Toxic Substances (1986 & Supp. Winter 2017, Thomson Reuters). 230 pages.
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr. & Elizabeth Burleson, 2 Environmental Law: Air and Water (2d ed. 2016 & Supp. Winter 2017, Thomson Reuters). 776 pages.
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr. & Elizabeth Burleson, 1 Environmental Law: Air and Water (1986 & Supp. Winter 2017, Thomson Reuters). 650 pages.
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr. & Elizabeth Burleson, 1 Environmental Law (1986 & Supp Winter 2017). 45 pages.
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr. & Elizabeth Burleson, 1 & 2 Environmental Law (2d ed. 2016 & Supp. June 2018, Thomson Reuters). 2 vols, 1406 pages.
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr. & Elizabeth Burleson, 4 Environmental Law (2d ed. Thomson Reuters, 2017). 485 pages.
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr. & Elizabeth Burleson, 2 Environmental Law (2d ed. 2017 supp.). 22 pages.
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr. & Elizabeth Burleson, 3 Environmental Law: Pesticides and Toxic Substances (2017 supp.) 228 pages.
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr. & Elizabeth Burleson, 1 Environmental Law (2d ed., Thomson Reuters 2016). 850 pages.
  • Climate Change: A Reader (William H. Rodgers Jr., Michael Robinson-Dorn, Jennifer K. Barcelos & Anna T. Moritz eds., Carolina Academic Press 2011). 1206 pages & CD-ROM.
  • Joseph C. Dupris, Kathleen S. Hill & William H. Rodgers, Jr., The Si’lailo Way: Indians, Salmon, and Law on the Columbia River (Carolina Academic Press 2006). 425 pages.
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., Environmental Law in Indian Country (Thomson West 2005 & Cum. Supps. 2014). 2 vols.
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., Environmental Law (2d ed. West 1994). (Hornbook Series) 1157 pages & 1999 supp.
  • Comm. on Scientific & Technical Criteria for Fed. Acquisition of Lands for Conservation, Setting Priorities for Land Conservation (William H. Rodgers, Jr., chair, National Academy Press 1993). 262 pages.
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr. Amerika kanky?h? no rironteki shos? [Some Theoretical Aspects of the American Environmental Law] (Seibund? 1989). 217 pages.
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., Cases and Materials on Energy and Natural Resources Law (2d ed. West 1983). (American Casebook Series) 877 pages.
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., Cases and Materials on Energy and Natural Resources Law (West 1979). (American Casebook Series) 995 pages.
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., Handbook on Environmental Law (West 1977). (Hornbook Series) 956 pages.

Book Chapters

  • William H. Rodgers Jr., Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (Rodgers' Environmental Law (Excerpt)), in 2010 Gulf Coast Oil Disaster: Litigation and Liability 207-35 (West 2011).
  • William H. Rodgers Jr., Oil Pollution (Rodgers' Environmental Law (Excerpt)), in 2010 Gulf Coast Oil Disaster: Litigation and Liability 181-205 (West 2011).
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., Dam Building and Removal on the Elwha: A Prototype of Adaptive Mismanagement and a Tribal Opportunity, in The Evolution of Natural Resources Law and Policy 282-301 (Lawrence J. MacDonnell & Sarah F. Bates eds., American Bar Association 2009).
  • Dam Building and Removal on the Elwha: A Prototype of Adaptive Mismanagement and a Tribal Opportunity, to be published as a chapter in a book (in press).
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., The War of "Clever Hans" on the Common Law of Environmental Law, in Creative Common Law Strategies for Protecting the Environment: A Practical Guide to Heroic Litigation 77-103 (Clifford Rechtschaffen & Denise Antolini eds., Environmental Law Institute 2007).
  • William H. Rodgers Jr., Indian Tribes, in 1The Endangered Species Act at Thirty: Renewing the Conservation Promise 161-75 (Dale D. Goble, J. Michael Scott & Frank W. Davis eds., Island Press 2006).
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., Law and Biology, in 2 New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and the Law 451-55 (Peter Newman ed., Macmillan Reference 1998).
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., The Lesson of the Owl and the Crows, in The Neurotransmitter Revolution: Serotonin, Social Behavior, and the Law 205-14 (Roger D. Masters & Michael T. McGuire eds., Southern Illinois University Press 1994).
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., Intuition, Altruism, and Spite: Justice as Justification, in The Sense of Justice: Biological Foundations of Law 163-86 (Roger D. Masters & Margaret Gruter eds., Sage Publications 1992).
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., The Fox and the Chickens: Mr. Justice Douglas and Environmental Law, in "He Shall Not Pass This Way Again": The Legacy of Justice William O. Douglas 215-25 (Stephen L. Wasby ed., University of Pittsburgh Press 1991).
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., DDT: After the Sound and Fury, in Norman J. Landau & Paul D. Rheingold, The Environmental Law Handbook 329-31 (Friends of the Earth/Ballantine Books 1971).

Book Reviews

  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., Book Review, 108 Or. Hist. Q. 134 (2007) (reviewing Karl Boyd Brooks, Public Power, Private Dams: The Hell's Canyon High Dam Controversy (2006)).
  • William Rodgers, Intuition, Altruism and Spite: Justice as Justification, 34 Am. Behav. Scientist 386 (1991).

Professional Publications

  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., Betty B. Fletcher: NEPA’s Angel and Chief Editor of the Hard Look, 40 Envtl. L. Rep. 10268-81 (2010).
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., NEPA’s Insatiable Optimism, 39 Envtl. L. Rep. 10618-23 (2009).
  • Dr. William Rodgers, Remarks on Natural Resource Damage Law and Policy--With a Special Emphasis on Indian Tribes at the 30th Annual Public Land Conference (Sept. 26, 2007), in 28 Pub. Land & Resources L. Rev. 24-37 (2007).
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., Tribal Government Roles in Environmental Federalism, Nat. Resources & Env't, Winter 2007, at 3-8.
  • William H. Rodgers Jr., The Tenth U.S. Supreme Court Justice (Crazy Horse, J.) and Dissents Not Written--The Environmental Term of 2003-2004, 34 Envtl. L. Rep. 11033-40 (2004).
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., A Constitutional Law of the Environment, in Blessings of Liberty: The Constitution and the Practice of Law 63-77 (American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education 1988).
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., Choosing A Theory of Liability for Transboundary Pollution, in Envtl. Law Section, Canadian Bar Ass'n, Common Boundary/Common Problems: The Environmental Consequences of Energy Production 103-06 (1982).
  • William Rodgers, Weinberger v. Romero-Barcelo, Preview U.S. Sup. Ct. Cas., no. 19, 1981, at 2-3.
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., Nerve Gas to the Northwest and Beyond, 1 Envtl. Letters 111-40 (1971).

News Media

  • William H. Rodgers, Jr. & Rachael Paschal Osborn, Editorial, Strengthen Right to Healthy Environment, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 28, 2005, at B7.
  • William Rodgers, WPPSS Ruling Put Risk Where It Belongs, in the Los Angeles Times (July 1983) [also reprinted in other newspapers].
  • William Rodgers, The Back-Room Arm Twisters, The Nation, on advisory committees (June 8, 1974).
  • Bill Rodgers, How to Make Washington Better Contest, Winning Entry, Washingtonian, co-author with Janet M. Rodgers (Oct. 1973).
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., American Electric Power: The Visionary Octopus, The Nation, Jan. 8, 1973, at 51-52.
  • William Rodgers, Boise Cascade: The One That Got Away, Washington Monthly, on recreational land development (Nov. 1972).
  • William Rodgers, America the Beautiful, The New Republic (Jan. 1, 1972) (a short piece on billboards).
  • William Rodgers, Ecology Denied: The Unmaking of a Majority, in the Washington Monthly (Feb. 1971), also reprinted in C. Peters & J. Rothchild, eds., Inside the System 247-56 (2d ed., Praeger, 1973).
  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., How to Pollute: Tacoma's Tall Stack, The Nation, May 11, 1970, at 553-57.
  • William Rodgers, The Washington DDT Hearings, Pacific Search (a natural science publication for the Pacific Northwest) (March 1970).

Other Publications

  • William Rodgers, Scales of Justice: Salmon, Indians, Property, and Evolutionary History on the Columbia River (2002) (unpublished manuscript).
  • Keynote, "Comments on the Slow Start of Climate Change Law for “Climate Refugees”", Climate-Migration, Local Conditions and Law: Food Security, Land Tenure and Gender, University of Washington School of Law and Washington Journal of Environmental Law and Policy (February 7, 2014)

  • Speaker, "The Other History of U.S. Environmental Law", Sections on Environmental Law and North American Cooperation Joint Program: 40 Years of Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law – A Retrospective Look, Association of American Law Schools (January 6, 2013)

  • Speaker, "The Si’lailo Way — Indians, Salmon, and the Law on the Columbia River", Native American Heritage Month, Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (November 29, 2012)

  • Speaker, The Clean Water Act at 40, Harvard Law School (October 11, 2012)

  • Keynote, "Environmental Law, Environmental Justice, and Human Rights: The Obvious Synopsis", New Directions for Human Rights and the Environment: A Symposium Inspired by Svitlana Kravchenko, University of Oregon School of Law (September 28, 2012)

  • Speaker, "The Fuel of Falsehoods, the Endurance of Lies: A True Story of Substantive NEPA", NEPA Symposium, National Association of Environmental Professionals and the Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals (May 21, 2012)

  • Panelist, "Water", A Life of Contributions for All Times: Symposium in Honor of David H. Getches, University of Colorado Law School (April 27, 2012)

  • Speaker, "Adequacy of Existing Environmental Law to Meet the Challenges of Sustainability", Sustainability and the Law Symposium: Making Sustainability Legal, Economically Viable, and Socially Just, Seattle University School of Law, Washington Lawyers for Sustainability, and the Albers School of Business and Economics (April 20, 2012)

  • Moderator, "Perspectives on Siting a Coal Shipping Facility in Bellingham for Exporting Coal Transported There by Rail", Sustainability and the Law Symposium: Making Sustainability Legal, Economically Viable, and Socially Just, Seattle University School of Law, Washington Lawyers for Sustainability, and Albers School of Business and Economics (April 20, 2012)

  • Speaker, "Environmental Law Distinguished Lecture: Giving “Voice” to Rachel Carson: Putting Science into Law", 25th Anniversary Symposium: The Future of Ocean and Coastal Law & Policy, Florida State University College of Law (March 14, 2012)

  • Speaker, "Perspectives on Whether SEPA / NEPA Impede Job Creation", SEPA & NEPA, Law Seminars International (January 13, 2012)

  • Keynote, "Water & the Creative Moments in the History of Environmental Law", Washington Water Law & the Public Trust, Center for Environmental Law & Policy (December 9, 2011)

  • Panelist, "CERCLA and Federalism", CERCLA and the Future of Liability-Based Environmental Regulation, Southwestern Law School (November 11, 2011)

  • Panelist, "Native American Use Rights on Forest Lands: Extending the Tribal Ecological Footprint", 34th Public Land Law Conference, Strengthening Our Roots: Forest Law & Policy in a Changing World, University of Montana School of Law (September 15, 2011)

  • Speaker, "An Historical Perspective on Oil Spill Law Enforcement: From Exxon Valdez to Deepwater Horizon--Telling Tales of Environmental Disaster, Justice, and Recovery", SeaChange 2011, University of Washington (April 2, 2011)