Mark Squillace

Professor of Law
Natural Resources Law

University of Colorado Law School
441 Wolf Law Building
401 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0401
Office: 441
Phone: (303) 492-1287

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Professor Mark Squillace joined the faculty at the University of Colorado Law School in 2005 where he served as the Director of the Natural Resources Law Center until 2013. Before joining the Colorado law faculty, Professor Squillace taught at the University of Toledo College of Law where he was named the Charles Fornoff Professor of Law and Values. Professor Squillace has also taught at the University of Wyoming College of Law, and at Wyoming he served a three-year term as the Winston S. Howard Professor of Law. He is a former Fulbright scholar and the author or co-author of numerous articles and books on natural resources and environmental law. In 2000, Professor Squillace took a leave from law teaching to serve as Special Assistant to the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of the Interior. In that capacity he worked directly with the Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt, on a wide range of legal and policy issues.

Published Books

The NEPA Litigation Guide, (ed. with Albert M. Ferlo & Karin P. Sheldon, 2d ed. 2012).
Squillace (with J. Rasband & J. Salzman), Natural Resources Law and Policy, (2d ed. Foundation Press) (2008).


The Judicial Assault on the Clean Water Act, Fed. Law., July 2012, at 33.
Squillace (with Alexander Hood), NEPA, Climate Change, and Public Lands Decision Making, 42 Envtl. L. 469 (2012).
Climate Change and Institutional Competence, 41 U. Tol. L. Rev. 889 (2010) (Climate Change and the Future of Energy).
From "Navigable Waters" to "Constitutional Waters": The Future of Federal Wetlands Regulation, 40 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 799-860 (Symposium: The Great Lakes: Reflecting the Landscape of Environmental Law) (2007).
Rethinking the Great Lakes Compact, 2006 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1347 (2006).
The Antiquities Act and the Exercise of Presidential Power: The Clinton Monuments, in, Antiquities Act: A Century of American Archaeology, Historic Preservation, and Nature Conservation 106 (David Harmon ed.). (2006).
Squillace (with Maureen Ryan), Laws and Regulations Pertaining to Wetland Areas in the Intermountain West, in, Wetland and Riparian Areas of the Intermountain West: Ecology and Management (Mark McKinstry et al. eds.) (2004).
Squillace (with Victor B. Flatt, Michael M. O'Hear & Robert R.M. Verchick), Let the People Speak: Notice-and-Comment Rulemaking (Lessons From the Controversial New Source Review Proposal of the Clean Air Act), 34 Envtl. L. Rep. 10115-130 (2004).
Squillace (with James Rasband & James Salzman), Natural Resources Law and Policy, (2004).
The Monumental Legacy of the Antiquities Act of 1906, 37 Ga. L. Rev. 473 (2003).
Squillace (with Sandra B. Zellmer), Managing Interjurisdictional Waters under the Great Lakes Charter Annex, 18 Nat. Resources & Envt. 8 (2003).

Other Publications

Meaningful Engagement: Public Participation in Resource Decisions, in The Evolution of Natural Resources Law and Policy (ABA) (2008).

Book Chapters

NEPA and Climate Change (with Alexander Hood), in THE NEPA LITIGATION GUIDE 261 (Albert M. Ferlo, Karin P. Sheldon & Mark Squillace eds., 2d ed. 2012).
Embracing a Civic Republican Tradition in Natural Resources Decision-Making, in The Evolution of Natural Resources Law and Policy 195 (Lawrence J. MacDonnell & Sarah F. Bates eds., 2010). (2010).
Embracing a Civic Republican Tradition in Natural Resources Decision-Making, in The Evolution of Natural Resources Law and Policy (Sarah F. Bates & Lawrence J. MacDonnell eds.) (2009).
Squillace (with John R. Jacus, Alan J. Gilbert & Jeffrey W. Schwarz), Clean Air Act Fundamentals, in Air Quality Challenges Facing the Natural Resources Industry in the Western United States (Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation) (2007).

Congressional Testimony

Testimony Before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the House Committee on Natural Resources, (2008).
Testimony Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and InfrastructureThe Clean Water Restoration Act of 2007, H.R. 2421, (2008).
Testimony on The Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2009 before the Committee on Natural Resources U.S. House of Representatives, (2008).

Selected Press, Media & Publicity

Here's the Ugly Mess Coal's Decline Could Leave Behind | Audubon | Monday, February 29, 2016
Mining Companies' Declining Fortunes Imperil the Restoration of Land They've Mined | Los Angeles Times | Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Wyoming Questions Federal Authority, Defends Self-Bonding Deal with Alpha | Casper Star Tribune | Monday, February 15, 2016
Obama's 'Aggressive' National Monument Strategy Irks Some in West | The Christian Science Monitor | Saturday, February 13, 2016
With 3 California Sites, Obama Nearly Doubles Public Land He's Protected | The New York Times | Friday, February 12, 2016
U.S. Haults New Coal Leases to Reprice for Carbon | Marketplace | Friday, January 15, 2016
Guest commentary: Managing Federal Minerals As If Carbon Emissions Mattered | The Denver Post | Friday, December 11, 2015
Supreme Court Denies Hickenlooper on Clean Power Plan Dispute with Coffman | The Colorado Statesman | Friday, December 4, 2015
Governor would consider EPA Superfund request for mines if local officials get behind designation | The Colorado Statesman | Thursday, September 3, 2015
EPA vows stout defense as Coffman set to sue over Clean Power Plan | The Colorado Statesman | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Cornered: Western Sportsmen Trapped by Arcane Regulation Prohibiting Public Access at Corner Crossings | Outdoor Life | Monday, August 10, 2015
Gap Seen Between Federal Climate Policy, Coal Leasing | Climate Central | Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Obama Administration Takes Next Step On Raising Rock-Bottom Coal Royalty Rates | ThinkProgress | Thursday, July 9, 2015
Carbon impact of coal mines should be part of approvals process | World Coal | Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Coal mine liquidation sale | The Daily Sentinel | Friday, May 15, 2015
Water: Battleground of the West | The Durango Herald | Monday, September 1, 2014
Court Ruling May Reverberate on 'Social Cost' of Carbon | Climate | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
How to Decide Which Tributaries to Guard Like the Rivers They Feed? | Summit | Saturday, July 19, 2014
Defining Water's Future: EPA Proposes New Rule to Correct Decades of Confusion | Missoula | Thursday, July 10, 2014
Writers on the Range: Let's Protect All Our Nation's Water | Summit Daily | Thursday, June 26, 2014
Gov. Mead v. EPA: Wyoming's Expanding Environmental Battle | Wyoming | Saturday, May 3, 2014
Proposed Water Diversion and Gross Reservoir Expansion May Trigger All-Out Water War | Boulder Weekly | Thursday, May 1, 2014
Water Fight Hits the Slopes | Wall Street Journal | Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Wild Lands by any other Name | High Country News | Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Spring 2018 Water Resources LAWS 6302-001
Fall 2017 Legislation and Regulation LAWS 5205-802
Fall 2017 Environmental Decision-Making LAWS 7222-001
Spring 2017 Water Resources LAWS 6302-001
Fall 2016 Legislation and Regulation LAWS 5205-803
Fall 2016 Environmental Decision-Making LAWS 7222-001
Spring 2016 Water Resources LAWS 6302-001
Fall 2015 Legislation and Regulation LAWS 5205-801
Fall 2015 Environmental Decision-Making LAWS 7222-001
Spring 2015 Environmental Decision-Making LAWS 7222-001
Fall 2014 Legislation and Regulation LAWS 5205-803
Fall 2014 Water Resources LAWS 6302-001
Spring 2014 Environmental Law LAWS 7202-001
Spring 2014 Advanced Natural Resources Law LAWS 8112-001
Spring 2014 LLM Seminar LAWS 9846-901
Fall 2013 Legislation and Regulation LAWS 5205-803