Noah Hall

Noah Hall

Professor of Law

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Noah Hall

Biography

Noah Hall's expertise is in environmental and water law, and his research focuses on issues of environmental governance, federalism, and transboundary pollution and resource management.

He joined the Wayne Law faculty in 2005. For the 2014-15 academic year, he served as the Law School's associate dean for student affairs. Previously, he 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. 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. He continues to represent a variety of clients in significant environmental policy disputes. In 2016, Hall was appointed special assistant attorney general for Michigan, joining the special counsel team for the Flint water investigation.

Hall is founder of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, a nonprofit environmental organization that provides legal assistance to community organizations, environmental non-governmental organizations, and local, state and regional governments. He continues to serve as the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center's scholarship director.

He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, concentrating in environmental policy. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Kathleen A. Blatz, chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

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Degrees and Certifications

J.D., University of Michigan Law School
B.S., University of Michigan

Courses Taught

Environmental Law
Administrative Law
Water Law
International Environmental Law

Selected Publications

"Law and Governance of the Great Lakes" (with Ben Houston), 63 DePaul Law Review 723 (2014).

"The Great Lakes: A Model of Transboundary Cooperation" with Jamie Linton in  Water Without Borders? Canada, the United States, and Shared Waters, University of Toronto Press (2013)

"Interstate Groundwater Law in the Snake Valley: Equitable Apportionment and a New Model for Transboundary Aquifer Management," 6 Utah Law Review 1553 (2013)

"Oil and Freshwater Don't Mix: Transnational Regulation of Drilling in the Great Lakes," 38 Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review 303 (2011)

"Interstate Water Compacts and Climate Change Adaptation," 5 Environmental and Energy Law and Policy Journal 237 (2010).

"Framing Water Policy in a Carbon Affected and Carbon Constrained Environment" (with Robert H. Abrams), 50 Natural Resources Journal 3 (2010).

"Protecting Freshwater Resources in the Era of Global Water Markets: Lessons Learned from Bottled Water," 13 University of Denver Water Law Review 1 (2009) 

"Interstate Environmental Impact Assessment," 39 Environmental Law Reporter 10667 (2009)

"Political Externalities, Federalism, and a Proposal for an Interstate Environmental Impact Assessment Policy," 32 Harvard Environmental Law Review 49 (2008)

"Climate Change and Great Lakes Waters Resources: Avoiding Future Conflicts with Conservation" (with Bret B. Stuntz), 31 Hamline Law Review 641 (2008)

"Climate Change and Freshwater Resources" (with Bret B. Stuntz and Robert H. Abrams), 22 Natural Resources and Environment 30 (Winter 2008)

"Transboundary Pollution: Harmonizing International and Domestic Law," 40 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 681 (2007)

"The Evolving Role of Citizens in United States-Canadian International Environmental Law Compliance," 24 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 131 (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," 21 Natural Resources and Environment 18 (Summer 2006)

 

Books

  • Water Law: Concepts and Insights (Foundation Press)

    With Robert Adler and Robin Craig

    Intended for a general audience, Water Law: Concepts & Insights provides both a general overview of basic water law doctrines and an exploration of how water law―the law and policies governing allocation of water―fit into broader ecological and environmental law issues. The book provides an overview of important hydrological principles before discussing the two state-law systems governing use of surface water in the United States and the five doctrines governing use of groundwater. It then explores the federal government's interests in the fresh waters of the United States, ranging from protection of navigability to federal water projects to federal water rights. Putting the law governing water use into a broader context, Water Law: Concepts & Insights then explores the intersections of state water law with energy policy and production, water quality protections, endangered species protections, and broader watershed management. It ends by returning to the concept of water rights as protected private property rights and the complexities of constitutional "takings" litigation when environmental protections interfere with those rights.

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  • Modern Water Law: Private Property, Public Rights, and Environmental Protections (Foundation Press) 2013 with Robert W. Adler and Robin K. Craig

    Modern Water Law: Private Property, Public Rights, and Environmental Protection provides a comprehensive text to study the range of legal issues and doctrines that affect water resources in the United States. The field of water law has evolved considerably in recent decades, expanding well beyond historic common-law doctrines of riparian reasonable use and prior appropriation. Modern Water Law thus offers a new conceptual approach to the field of water law as an integration of (1) private property (the common-law doctrines for riparian reasonable use and prior appropriation, as well as groundwater rights and the statutory schemes for administering water use rights), (2) public rights (navigation, the public trust doctrine, federal reserved rights, and interstate water management), and (3) environmental protections (the energy-water nexus, water pollution, and endangered species conflicts). The modern practice of water law requires attorneys to understand the interactions between different legal doctrines and regimes and how potential conflicts among them can be resolved in practice. Modern Water Law will prepare students and practitioners for the challenges of 21st century water law.

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  • Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law, and Society (Aspen Publishers, Inc.)

    Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law, and Society, Fourth Edition is a user-friendly book noted for its comprehensive legal process approach to the depth and complexity of modern environmental law, gives students a solid doctrinal footing in the law and helps build their analytical skills

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Accomplishments

  • Noah Hall

    co-authored with Robert Adler and Robin Kundis Craig the second edition of “Modern Water Law: Private Property, Public Rights, and Environmental Protections.” The book was published by Foundation Press. Learn more here.

  • Noah Hall

    wrote Water Law: Concepts and Insights (Foundation Press) with Robert Adler and Robin Craig, both of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.

  • Noah Hall

    contributed to the book, Border Flows: A Century of the Canadian-American Water Relationship (University of Calgary Press, November 2016).

  • Noah Hall

    was part of a panel discussion about water rights at the Association for Law, Property & Society's Eighth Annual Meeting in Ann Arbor.

  • Noah Hall

    was part of a small group of law professors who filed an amicus brief in State of Washington v. Trump, the immigration executive order case. Through the brief, the professors seek to inform the court about the issue of state standing. 

  • Noah Hall

    was a co-presenter of "Interstate Groundwater Disputes and the U.S. Supreme Court," a webinar sponsored by the Council of State Governments.

  • Noah Hall

    moderated a panel discussion about the Flint water crisis for the 16th annual Great Lakes Water Conference at the University of Toledo College of Law.

  • Noah Hall

    presented on critical laws influencing the Great Lakes at Grand Valley State University's Annis Water Resources Institute.

  • Noah Hall

    spoke about the Great Lakes region's approach to oil production at an event hosted by The Freshwater Lab, a program of the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

  • Noah Hall

    was appointed as a special assistant attorney general in Michigan for the Flint water crisis investigation.

  • Noah Hall

    moderated a panel discussion at the 15th Annual Great Lakes Water Conference sponsored by the University of Toledo College of Law and the University of Toledo College of Law Legal Institute of the Great Lakes. 

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    served on a panel of experts speaking on water rights at the Virginia Environmental Law Journal Symposium.

In the news

  • Noah Hall

    was quoted in a report for the Detroit Free Press, “Rolling the dice with Enbridge, Line 5 and the Great Lakes. Again.”

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  • Noah Hall

    was quoted in a report for the Grand Haven Tribune, “How long can Great Lakes fend off thirsty world from water diversions?”

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  • Noah Hall

    was quoted in a report for Crain’s Chicago Business, “How will the Great Lakes Compact hold up in a thirsty world?”

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  • Noah Hall

    was interviewed by Michigan Radio for its report, “Despite history of violations, hazardous waste facility in Detroit set to expand.”

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  • Noah Hall

    was quoted interviewed by WDET for its report, “MichMash: The ‘Nestle Loophole’ And The Political Will To Stop Giving Away Great Lakes Water."

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  • Noah Hall

    was quoted in a report for Bridge Magazine, “Michigan isn’t alone. Most states charge little for water bottlers like Nestlé.”

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  • Noah Hall

    was quoted in a report for Bridge Magazine, “For small town battling Nestlé, Michigan’s permit doesn’t end water saga.”

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  • Noah Hall

    was quoted in a report for Great Lakes Now, “Michigan’s Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool: A look back.”

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  • Noah Hall

    was quoted in a report for the Chicago Tribune, “Foxconn finds way to stick 7 million-gallon straw into Lake Michigan.” 

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  • Noah Hall

    was quoted in a report for Bridge Magazine, “For Michigan farmers (and Nestlé) bill makes big water withdrawals easier, and info secret.”

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  • Noah Hall

    was quoted in a report for The Detroit News, “Public apathy greets initial Flint prosecutions.”

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  • Noah Hall

    was a guest on WDET’s Detroit Today discussing, “Cape Town Water Crisis and What Shortages Could Mean for the Great Lakes.”

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  • Noah Hall

    was quoted by the Associated Press for its report, "Official hopes charges in Flint water case help return trust." It ran in the Miami Herald and The Globe and Mail and on WRAL.

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  • Noah Hall

    was quoted by Farm Journal for its report, "Agriculture Beware: Groundwater Future Belongs to SCOTUS."

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  • Noah Hall

    was interviewed by Great Lakes Now for its report, "'Failings' on Flint water crisis should trigger a look in the mirror for environmental community, says Great Lakes Attorney."

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  • Noah Hall

    was quoted by The Detroit News for its report, "Schuette backs getting bottled water delivered in Flint."

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  • Noah Hall

    was quoted by Circle of Blue for its report, "Mississippi's claim that Tennessee is stealing groundwater is a Supreme Court first."

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  • Noah Hall

    was quoted by The Detroit News for its report, "Flint crisis blame reaching green groups."

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  • Noah Hall

    was quoted by The Detroit News for its report, "Hurdles loom as Schuette seeks big Flint settlement."

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  • Noah Hall

    was quoted in media outlets throughout the state of Michigan and nationwide after Attorney General Bill Schuette announced civil suits against several companies in the Flint water crisis. Hall, who was appointed a special prosecutor in the Flint water contamination disaster, will be leading this civil case. 

     

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  • Noah Hall

    was cited in The Wall Street Journal for its report, "Oregon ban on commercial water bottling could leave industry high and dry."

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  • Noah Hall

    and his appointment as special assistant attorney general for Michigan in the Flint water investigation were noted in Michigan Lawyers Weekly's People in the Law section.

     

     

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  • Noah Hall

    was featured in several media outlets after being appointed as a special assistant attorney general in Michigan for the Flint water crisis investigation. Reports of Hall joining the team were published at MLive.com and in Crain's Detroit Business and broadcast on WDET-FM and WJRT-TV (ABC Flint).

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  • Noah Hall

    appeared on Michigan Radio for its report, "Law professor: Flint needs victim compensation fund."

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  • Noah Hall

    was quoted by USA Today and The Detroit Free Press for report, "Flint lawsuits could cost Michigan taxpayers millions."

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  • Noah Hall

    was interviewed by The Associated Press for a story about Flint's ongoing water disaster. The report has been published and broadcast on news outlets nationally and internationally including Fox News, U.S. News & World Report, CTV Canada, Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald, Denton (Texas) Record-Chronicle, The Sun Chronicle in Attleboro, Mass., and Juneau (Alaska) Empire.

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  • Noah Hall

    is quoted in The Toledo Blade's report, "Straits of Mackinaw pipeline draws concern at UT water talk."

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