Nationally recognized environmental law pioneer Joseph Sax is visiting professor at UH law school for Spring 2005

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Apr 12, 2005

HONOLULU — Nationally known "rock star" of environmental law, Professor Joseph L. Sax, has joined the Environmental Law Program of the William S. Richardson School of Law this spring as the Wallace S. Fujiyama Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law. Sax‘s groundbreaking scholarship on water law and the public trust doctrine provided the legal cornerstone for the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court‘s landmark Waiāhole Water decision in 2000.

Sax is recognized nationally and internationally for pioneering legal and policy developments in the areas of natural resources, wildlife, water rights, public lands, and public trust. He is Professor Emeritus at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, where he was the James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation since 1986.

Environmental Law Program Director Denise Antolini, associate professor of law, commented: "Having Professor Sax visit with our faculty and teach a course for our students is a great honor. It is a rare opportunity for us to learn first-hand from one of the true pioneers of environmental law. Professor Sax is widely recognized and beloved as a gentleman, scholar, and policymaker who has transformed the American legal landscape over the past 35 years by making environmental protection a high priority instead of an afterthought."

A leading founder of modern environmental law and a recipient of many international and national honors, Sax has served as a consultant or board member with 19 environmental public service organizations. His major books include "Mountains Without Handrails," "Water Law--Planning and Policy," "Water Law--Cases and Commentary," "Defending the Environment," and "Playing Darts with a Rembrandt: Public and Private Rights in Cultural Treasures."

Sax will be speaking at two upcoming public events:

"Environment and Its Mortal Enemy: The Rise and Decline of the Property Rights Movement"

Thursday, April 14, 5:30 p.m.

Classroom 2 - Reception to Follow

William S. Richardson School of Law

2515 Dole Street, Honolulu

Environmental Law Society Film Series: "Monumental: David Brower‘s Fight for Wild America"

Thursday, April 21, 5 p.m.

Classroom 2 — Introduction to Film by Professor Joseph Sax

William S. Richardson School of Law

2515 Dole Street, Honolulu

To reserve a seat at the April 14 lecture, please contact Jamee Kunichika at (808) 956-5516 or To reserve a $6.00 dinner plate for the Brower film, RSVP to Amy at Please contact Professor Denise Antolini at (808) 956-6238 or for additional information.