Michael Robinson-Dorn

Clinical Professor of Law

Director, Environmental Law Clinic

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Environmental law, natural resources, public lands, water, administrative law, clinical law


Professor Robinson-Dorn’s practice, teaching, and research is concentrated in environmental and natural resources law. Prior to joining UCI Law, he was the founding director of the award-winning environmental law clinic at the University of Washington. He is a former member of the Board of the Clinical Legal Education Association.

Current Courses:

Environmental Law ClinicAdvanced Environmental Law Clinic

Prior Courses:

Administrative Law, Appellate Litigation Clinic, Lawyering Skills, Environmental Law and Policy, Environmental Law: Pollution Control, Public Land Law, Expert Witnesses, Federal Public Lands and Natural Resources Law, Water Law

Recent Publications

  • William H. Rodgers, Jr., Michael Robinson-Dorn, Jennifer K. Barcelos & Anna T. Moritz, Climate Change: A Reader (2011).

Prof. Robinson-Dorn's Scholarly Papers on SSRN

Recent and Upcoming Events

  • May 5, 2015:
    Engaging Students in Organizational Representation (with Professors Deborah Sivas and Helen Kang), AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Rancho Mirage, CA.
  • May 22, 2014:
    Do We Really Need a Revolution in Legal Skills Education? (with Professors Rachel Croskery-Roberts, Trilby Robinson-Dorn, Ezra Ross, and Henry Weinstein), 9th Global Legal Skills Conference, Verona, Italy.
  • April 4, 2014:
    Does the Environmental Movement Need More Color? Changing the Face of Environmentalism, The State Bar of California Environmental Law Section, UCLA Environmental Law Center
  • Sep. 25, 2013: Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs, CLEANR Environmental Literature & Film Series
  • May 3, 2013: Co-host and moderator, Ocean Acidification: Law & Governance, Toward a Sustainable 21st Series, UC Irvine
  • Oct. 2, 2012: CLEANR Guest Speaker Joseph Sax at UCI Law
  • June 2012: Presenting, "Fellow Travelers," AALS Clinical Law Conference
  • March 9, 2011: Presenting "Climate Engineering: What the Law Has to Say" as part of a geoengineering and climate change lecture series, University of Washington
  • Jan. 28, 2011: Presenting "The ESA Through a Different Lens: Ethics for Government Lawyers and The Lawyers Against Whom They Litigate" at 18th annual Endangered Species Act conference, Seattle
  • Nov. 12, 2010: Co-host, "Preserving the Environment of the Arctic Region" symposium at UC Irvine
  • April 2010: Panelist on Climate Adaptation at 2010 Idaho Law Review Symposium, "Energy Independence: Challenges Facing the West in Adopting Alternative and Renewable Energy Resources"
  • Spring 2010: Panelist on U.S. Environmental Law at the 1st Human Rights and Environmental Law Symposium, Korean Bar Association, Cheongju, South Korea

Recent Honors

  • January 2011: Named a 2011 Bellow Scholar with Scott Schumacher of University of Washington School of Law and Carroll Seron of UC Irvine for their project, Fellow Travelers, a systematic study of clinical teaching fellowships. The Bellow Scholars award, presented by the AALS Committee on Lawyering in the Public Interest, recognizes lawyer-scholars studying various aspects of the justice system with a focus on access to justice and the role of law and the university.

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