Faculty
Robert L. Fischman
Faculty

Robert L. Fischman

Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law; Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs (adjunct)

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Education
  • A.B., Princeton University 1984
  • M.S., University of Michigan 1987
  • J.D., University of Michigan 1987
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Background
  • Graduated summa cum laude from Princeton with an A.B. in Geology
  • Received an M.S. in natural resources and earned the Joseph L. Sax Award at the University of Michigan
  • Received his J.D. at the University of Michigan; elected to the Order of the Coif
  • Distinguished Environmental Law Lecturer, Florida State University School of Law (2005)
  • Plenary speaker, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Conservation in Action Summit (2004)
  • Board of Directors, Conservation Law Center, Inc. (2005-present)
  • Board of Governors, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment (1994-1997)
  • Indiana University Teaching Excellence Recognition Award (1999)
  • Academic Fellow, Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study (2007)
Biography

Professor Robert L. Fischman is a distinguished scholar whose articles have won recognition as among the most influential in environmental law. He is a co-author of the leading casebook on public land and resources law. His book on management of the National Wildlife Refuge System has become the standard reference in the field. He has written on public land management, endangered species recovery, environmental impact analysis, federalism, and global climate change.

At the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Fischman teaches environmental law, administrative law, public natural resources law, water law, wildlife law, and an advanced environmental seminar. As an adjunct professor at the university's School of Public and Environmental Affairs, he teaches a capstone seminar and a course on biodiversity conservation policy. Professor Fischman has received numerous faculty fellowships from Indiana University.

Prior to joining the IU Maurer School of Law faculty in 1992, he taught at the University of Wyoming College of Law. Before that he served as Natural Resources Program Director and Staff Attorney at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C. He has taught as a visiting professor in the environmental law programs of both the Vermont Law School and the Lewis and Clark School of Law. Professor Fischman also spent a year as a senior research scholar at Yale Law School. He was appointed Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law in 2015.

Professor Fischman is a founding board member of the Conservation Law Center, Inc., which operates the law school's conservation law clinic. He is also a Member Scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform.

Selected Works

  • FEDERAL PUBLIC LAND AND RESOURCES LAW (Foundation Press, 7th ed. 2014) (with G. Coggins, C. Wilkinson & J. Leshy).
  • Leveraging Federal Land Plans into Landscape Conservation, J. ENERGY & ENVTL. LAW (forthcoming 2014).
  • Planning for Adaptation to Climate Change: Lessons from the US National Wildlife Refuge System, 64 BIOSCIENCE 993 (2014) (with Vicky Meretsky et al.).
  • Learning from Conservation Planning for the U.S. National Wildlife Refuges, 28 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY 1415 (2014) (with Vicky Meretsky). DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12292.
  • Beyond Trust Species: The Conservation Potential of the National Wildlife Refuge System in the Wake of Climate Change (with Bob Adamcik), 51 NATURAL RESOURCES JOURNAL 1 (2011).
  • The Story of Kleppe v. New Mexico: The Sagebrush Rebellion as Un-Cooperative Federalism (with Jeremiah Williamson), 83 UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO LAW REVIEW 123 (2011).
  • Adaptive Management in the Courts, 95 MINNESOTA LAW REV. 424 (2010) (with J.B. Ruhl). Cited in Greater Yellowstone Coalition  v. Servheen, 665 F.3d 1015 (9th Cir. 2011). Reprinted in REVISTA FORUMUL JUDECĂTORILOR no.4, p. 47 (2011). This article was judged one of the twenty-one best articles published in 2011 on the topic of environmental law by a group of legal scholars convened by the Land Use and Environment Law Review.
  • The Divides of Environmental Law and the Problem of Harm in the Endangered Species Act, 83 IND. L.J. 661 (2008). Judged one of the twenty best articles published in 2008 on the topic of environmental and land use law by a group of legal scholars convened by the Land Use and Environment Law Review.
  • The Legal Challenge of Protecting Animal Migrations as Phenomena of Abundance, 28 VIRGINIA ENVIRONMENTAL LAW J. 173 (2010) (with J. Hyman)
  • From Words to Action: The Impact and Legal Status of the 2006 National Wildlife Refuge System Management Policies, 26 Stanford Envtl. L.J. 77 (2007). This article was judged one of the twenty-two best articles published in 2007 on the topic of environmental and land use law by a group of legal scholars convened by the Land Use and Environment Law Review.
  • Cooperative Federalism and Natural Resources Law, 14 N.Y.U. Envtl. L.J. 179 (2005). Portions reprinted in Rosenberg et al., ENVIRONMENTAL POL'Y LAW (2008).
  • The Meanings of Biological Integrity, Diversity, and Environmental Health, 44 Natural Resources Journal 989 (2004). Reprinted in BIO-DIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES (A. Usha ed. 2007).
  • What is Natural Resources Law?, 78 U. COLORADO LAW REVIEW 717 (2007).
  • New Directions in Conservation for the National Wildlife Refuge System, 56 BIOSCIENCE 135 (2006) (with V. Meretsky, et al.).
  • Managing Biological Integrity, Diversity, and Environmental Health in the National Wildlife Refuges, 44 NATURAL RESOURCES JOURNAL 931 (2004) (with V.J. Meretsky). This article was judged one of the twenty best articles published in 2005 on the topic of environmental and land use law by a group of legal scholars convened by the Land Use and Environment Law Review.
  • Predictions and Prescriptions for the Endangered Species Act, 34 Environmental Law 451 (2004). Quoted in Hoosier Environmental Council v. U.S. Dept. of Transportation (S.D. Ind. Dec. 10, 2007).
  • The National Wildlife Refuge System and the Hallmarks of Modern Organic Legislation, 29 ECOLOGY LAW QUARTERLY 457 (2002). Reprinted in 35 LAND USE AND ENVIRONMENT L. REV. 483 (2004) as one of the peer-selected, six best environmental law articles published in 2003. Portions reprinted in Christine Klein et al., NATURAL RESOURCES LAW 108-115 (Aspen 2005). Portions reprinted in Jan Laitos et al., NATURAL RESOURCES LAW 477-479 (West 2006).
  • A Lesson for Conservation from Pollution Control Law: Cooperative Federalism for Recovery Under the Endangered Species Act, 27 COLUMBIA J. ENVTL. L. 45 (2002) (with J. Hall-Rivera). This article was judged one of the thirty best articles published in 2002 on the topic of environmental and land use law by a group of legal scholars convened by the Land Use and Environment Law Review. Quoted in American Farm Bureau Federation v. U.S. EPA, 984 F.Supp.2d 289 (M.D. Pa. 2013).