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. From 2016-2019, Hall served as special assistant attorney general for Michigan 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.
Degrees and Certifications
J.D., University of Michigan Law School
B.S., University of Michigan
International Environmental Law
"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)
"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)
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Update: Waters of the State
July 17, 2018The Southern Nevada Water Authority, the agency that provides Las Vegas with water, is in the process of building a massive water pipeline from the eastern-central part of Nevada to Las Vegas. This pipeline is a nearly-unprecedented feat of engineering and water distribution, and stands to move over 27 million gallons of water a year. Once completed, the pipeline will be one of the largest of its kind in human history. If the state of Nevada authorizes a state authority to go forward with this project, it would help solve a serious water supply problem for its largest population center at the expense of diminished water for existing rural users. Can the state freely reallocate water within its borders? More fundamentally, what powers and rights does the state have over water within its territorial boundaries with respect to its private citizens, neighboring states, and federal government? Nevada, by statute, has declared that “[t]he water of all sources of water supply within the ...<br/><i>New PDF Uploaded</i>
New: Waters of the State
June 22, 2018The Southern Nevada Water Authority, the agency that provides Las Vegas with water, is in the process of building a massive water pipeline from the eastern-central part of Nevada to Las Vegas. This pipeline is a nearly-unprecedented feat of engineering and water distribution, and stands to move over 27 million gallons of water a year. Once completed, the pipeline will be one of the largest of its kind in human history. If the state of Nevada authorizes a state authority to go forward with this project, it would help solve a serious water supply problem for its largest population center at the expense of diminished water for existing rural users. Can the state freely reallocate water within its borders? More fundamentally, what powers and rights does the state have over water within its territorial boundaries with respect to its private citizens, neighboring states, and federal government? Nevada, by statute, has declared that “[t]he water of all sources of water supply within the ...
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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
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.
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.
Modern Water Law: Private Property, Public Rights, and Environmental Protections (2nd ed., Foundation Press 2018)
With Robert W. Adler and Robin Kundis Craig
The second edition begins with entirely new coverage of the human right to water, including a 2017 federal case – Boler v. Earley/Mays. v. Snyder – regarding constitutional rights in the wake of the Flint, Michigan water crisis. (And great timing, as the Supreme Court denied review of the case just this week as our book came out in print.) Other major changes and developments include new cases on water use permitting, “takings” of private water rights, tribal rights to groundwater, interstate water disputes, and U.S.-Mexico water diplomacy. The second edition continues the logical organization that presents the field in appropriate depth for a semester course, with clear explanations and helpful questions and comments.
- Noah Hallmoderated 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 Hallwas a co-presenter of "Interstate Groundwater Disputes and the U.S. Supreme Court," a webinar sponsored by the Council of State Governments.
- Noah Hallwas 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 Hallwas part of a panel discussion about water rights at the Association for Law, Property & Society's Eighth Annual Meeting in Ann Arbor.
- Noah Hallcontributed to the book, Border Flows: A Century of the Canadian-American Water Relationship (University of Calgary Press, November 2016).
- Noah D. Hallwrote 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 Hallco-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.