Kuehn to Join Faculty, Co-Direct Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic

Robert R. Kuehn, an expert in environmental law, clinical legal education, and legal ethics, has accepted a position as professor of law at Washington University Law. Effective July 1, he also will join Maxine Lipeles as co-director of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic

Bob Kuehn

“Bob Kuehn’s ties to Washington University Law are longstanding and deep,” noted Kent Syverud, dean and the Ethan A.H. Shepley University Professor. “He was a visiting professor here in 1999 when our Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic was formally launched, and he has an ongoing scholarly partnership with Professor Peter Joy and a shared interest and expertise in environmental law and clinics with Clinic Director Maxine Lipeles.”

Annette Appell, professor of law and associate dean for clinical affairs, added: “Bob Kuehn brings a wealth of experience in working with students to help protect communities from environmental threats. His addition to Washington University Law will expand and enhance the capacity and expertise of our clinic as it moves into its second decade.”

Lipeles, senior lecturer in law, noted: “I have long admired Bob’s work in environmental law and clinical legal education. I look forward to co-directing our Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic with him. His appointment could not come at a better time, as both Washington University and the law school are focusing on environmental initiatives.”

Kuehn will join the faculty from the University of Alabama, where he has served as professor of law and associate dean for skills programs since 2001. He previously was a professor at Tulane University, where he directed the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic. During his tenure there, the clinic was the first recipient of the American Bar Association’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy and runner-up for the National Law Journal’s Lawyer of the Year Award.

Kuehn is the co-author or editor of a number of books on environmental law topics, including his most recent book Environmental Enforcement: Cases and Materials. His numerous law review articles include topics related to academic freedom, professional responsibility, access to legal representation, environmental justice, environmental science, natural resources conservation, and environmental law enforcement. Among his more recent pieces is his co-authored article with Professor Joy, “The Evolution of ABA Standards for Clinical Faculty,” published in the Tennessee Law Review.

Kuehn is currently president-elect of the Clinical Legal Education Association, an educational organization of approximately 700 clinical law teachers. His numerous professional affiliations also include serving on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Clinical Legal Education and as a member both of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education’s Task Force on Clinicians and the Academy and of the AALS Standing Committee on Clinical Legal Education. He also has served as vice-chair of the Enforcement Subcommittee for the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), director of the Hurricane Katrina Legal Assistance Project, and a member of the Alabama State Bar Committee on Disciplinary Rules and Enforcement.

Kuehn has served as a visiting professor of law at the Universities of Michigan and Utah. In addition to environmental law, he has taught professional responsibility and a clinical course in the area of community development law.

From 1984-88, he was a trial attorney for the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice. He served as lead attorney on multi-defendant civil enforcement actions brought on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violations of hazardous waste (CERCLA,  RCRA), water (Clean Water Act), air (Clean Air Act), toxic substance (TSCA), and pesticide (FIFRA) statutes and regulations. He also was a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Office of the United States Attorney in Washington, D.C.

Kuehn received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University, J.D. from George Washington University, LL.M. from Columbia University, and M.P.H. from Harvard University. He clerked for Judge James C. Hill of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and Judge Sidney M. Aronovitz of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.