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Law School’s Hall Honored for Teaching Excellence

September 26, 2007

DETROIT (Sept. 26, 2007) – Wayne State University Assistant Professor of Law Noah D. Hall has been honored by the School with the Donald H. Gordon Award for Excellence in Teaching.

“Professor Hall is an exemplary example of excellence in teaching,” said Wayne State University Law School Dean Frank H. Wu. “He brings enthusiasm, expertise and experience to the classroom. Our students are truly fortunate to learn from such an accomplished and knowledgeable individual.”

The Donald H. Gordon Award for Excellence in Teaching, which was established by friends of Donald H. Gordon who served as dean of the WSU Law School from 1975 to 1980, will be awarded in Professor Hall’s name at the State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting on September 27, 2007. 

Professor Hall’s teaching and expertise is in environmental and water law, and his research focuses on issues of environmental governance, federalism, and transboundary pollution and resource management.  His is co-authoring (with Plater et al.) the fourth edition of Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law, and Society (Aspen Publishers, 2008).  Other recent and forthcoming publications include:

  • Political Externalities, Federalism, and a Proposal for an Interstate Environmental Impact Assessment Policy, 32 Harvard Environmental Law Review __ (forthcoming, 2008)
  • Transboundary Pollution: Harmonizing International and Domestic Law, 40 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 681 (2007)
  • Toward A New Horizontal Federalism: Interstate Water Management in the Great Lakes Region, 77 Colorado Law Review 405 (2006) 
  • Bilateral Breakdown: U.S.-Canada Pollution Disputes, 21Natural Resources & Environment18 (Summer 2006)

Before joining the Law School faculty, Professor Hall previously taught at the University of Michigan Law School and was an attorney with the National Wildlife Federation, where he managed the Great Lakes Water Resources Program for the nation’s largest conservation organization. Professor Hall also worked in private practice for several years, representing a variety of business and public interest clients in litigated and regulatory matters.  He has extensive litigation experience and numerous published decisions in state and federal courts, and continues to represent a variety of clients in significant environmental policy disputes.

Professor Hall graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, concentrating in environmental policy.  After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Kathleen A. Blatz, Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Wayne State University Law School has served Michigan and beyond since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 30 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized faculty, Wayne State Law School students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.

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