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Eric Biber, professor of law

Eric Biber

Eric Biber’s teaching and research interests are environmental and natural resources law, administrative law, and property. Prior to joining UC Berkeley in 2006, he worked as a litigator in the Denver office of Earthjustice, a public-interest nonprofit organization specializing in public lands and other environmental cases. Biber taught public-lands law as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in fall 2005. He is a member of both the Colorado and California bars.

Biber earned a master's of environmental science with a focus in conservation biology from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Later, Biber clerked for Judge Carlos Lucero of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver and Judge Judith Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Biber's scholarship has appeared in a wide range of law reviews, including the University of Chicago Law Review, UCLA Law Review, University of Colorado Law Review, Harvard Environmental Law Review, Environmental Law, NYU Environmental Law Journal, Administrative Law Review, and Virginia Environmental Law Journal. Biber’s UCLA Law Review article “Officious Intermeddlers or Citizen Experts? Petitions and Public Production of Information in Environmental Law” (co-authored with Berry Brosi) was selected by a national survey of environmental-law professors as one of the top ten law review articles in the field of environmental law in 2011; the article was also selected as one of the top pieces of scholarship produced by junior legal scholars at the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Form in June 2010. Biber’s Harvard Environmental Law Review article “Too Many Things to Do: How to Deal with the Dysfunctions of Multiple-Goal Agencies” was also selected for the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum in June, 2008. Biber has published in several peer-reviewed natural science and social science journals, including Society and Natural Resources, Frontiers in Ecology and Environment, and Ecography.

At Berkeley, Biber teaches courses in property, public lands and natural-resources law, biodiversity law, and environmental law and policy. He also helps lead the environmental law writing seminar.

Biber received his A.B. from Harvard (1995), his J.D. from Yale Law School (2001), and his M.S. from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (2001).

Posts by Eric Biber

1-6-14Energy & Environment: What's on your mind?Are transit strikes bad for the environment?
12-10-13Energy & Environment: What's on your mind?Environmental journalism in decline at the NY Times
9-16-13Energy & Environment: What's on your mind?Why coal cares about FERC
8-21-13Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Monitoring problems again
5-20-13Energy & Environment: What's on your mind?Why it’s important that we know we’re at 400 ppm of CO2
2-22-13Energy & Environment: What's on your mind?The future of climate politics (pt. 2)
2-21-13Energy & Environment: What's on your mind?The future of climate politics (pt. 1)
1-16-13Energy & Environment: What's on your mind?How certification could reduce the environmental impacts of marijuana farms