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Jennifer Harder

Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills
B.A., University of California, Davis
J.D., University of California, Davis School of Law


Phone: 916-739-7189
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Professor Jennifer L. Harder is an assistant professor of lawyering skills at McGeorge School of Law where she teaches courses in water and environmental law. Jennifer brings to the classroom a decade of experience as a water attorney and partner with Downey Brand LLP, in addition to nearly 25 years of experience teaching, advising, litigating, and presenting on water, environmental, and public agency issues. Prior to private practice Jennifer served as a law clerk to Justice Alexander O'Bryner of the Alaska Supreme Court. Jennifer's interests include integration of classic water rights principles into contemporary regulatory systems, the nexus between water and land use issues, environmental compliance, water use efficiency, and water finance. She is a graduate of the Water Leaders program at the Water Education Foundation, a member of the steering committee for the Anne J. Schneider Memorial Foundation, and co-author of the water law casebook, Cases and Materials on Water Law, 9th ed. (West American Casebook Series, 2014). Jennifer's law review article, "Demand Offsets: Water Neutral Programs in California," explores the potential to improve sustainability of water supplies by offsetting new demand with water conservation.


Courses: Water Resources Law, Water and Environmental Law Practice A & B

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