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Robert L. Fischman

Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law
Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs (adjunct)
Contact Information
rfischma[at] indiana[dot]edu
(812) 855-4565
Baier Hall 276
A.B. at Princeton University, 1984
M.S. at University of Michigan, 1987
J.D. at University of Michigan, 1987
Public Natural Resources (B675)
Administrative Law (B713)
Water Law (B768)
Introduction to Environmental Law (B782)
Seminar in Advanced Environmental Law (L740)
Wildlife Law (B550)
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  • 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)

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.

Robert L. Fischman
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