Noah D. Hall
J.D., University of Michigan Law School
B.S., University of Michigan
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.
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.
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
"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)