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Rachael Salcido

Rachael Salcido

Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship and Diversity Initiatives
Professor of Law
Director, Water and Environmental Certificate of Concentration
B.A., J.D., University of California, Davis


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Monday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment.

"Environmental laws continue to be works-in-progress, and there is a role for attorneys to not only implement what we have currently, but to shape new means to more effectively conserve and restore thriving natural environments that support all life on Earth." — Professor Rachael Salcido


Professor Rachael Salcido is an insightful scholar of domestic, comparative and international environmental and natural resources law, with particular expertise in ocean and coastal law, and ecosystem restoration. Professor Salcido's articles have appeared in prominent law journals including Tulane Law Review and Ecology Law Quarter, and she regularly gives presentations across the country on current environmental issues with a focus on the continued struggle to identify the harmonious role people play in their environment. Professor Salcido identifies this role as "unique" and "powerful, but not always benign."

Professor Salcido is both the founder and director of the law school's Water and Environmental Law Concentration, where she helps students garner interest in environmental law and connects students with careers in the field. Professor Salcido believes there are myriad opportunities today for students interested in engaging in environmental law — including work on climate change, water and environmental justice.

Professor Salcido's most recent publications include a scholarly article which examines environmental law conflicts with the build-up of renewable energy, Rationing Environmental Law in a Time of Climate Change. She published an article on environmental justice, Reviving the Environmental Justice Agenda, examining President Obama and his administration's efforts to address the unequal burden of environmental impacts on low-income communities and communities of color, and in fall 2015, Professor Salcido led a trans-disciplinary course at the law school, Water and Environmental Law Research Seminar. Her students worked on white papers addressing nitrates in groundwater and the land-use law nexus to water disadvantaged communities.

Professor Salcido is the co-author (with Stephen McCaffrey) of Global Issues in Environmental Law. The textbook examines international and transnational issues of pollution control, remediation, and species protection. Professor Salcido's international work also includes teaching a short course in 2014 and 2016 on the U.S. Legal System with a focus on Environmental Law for lawyers in Guatemala, convened by the Secretariat of the Environment for CAFTA-DR in Guatemala City.

In 2015, at the Kratovil Conference for property practitioners at John Marshall Law School, Professor Salcido presented on Big Talk, Little Action on Renewable Energy, with a focus on Climate Change, Fracking and a Bridge to the Future. And, also in 2015, she spoke at the American Society for International Law on a panel addressing Energy at Sea.

Professor Salcido has participated twice in Study Space, a collaborative LatCrit Project that involves field study of urban growth and development. In 2008, Study Space participants examined Denver, Colorado. Her research culminated in an article examining the restoration of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. In 2016, she participated in Study Space Guatemala where she examined the practice of environmental impact assessment in the mining sector. Her research will appear as a chapter in a book on Corporate Social Responsibility in Guatemala.

Professor Salcido is the treasurer for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation which is a collaborative educational non-profit organization dedicated to the scholarly and practical study of the law and regulations relating to mining, oil and gas, water, public lands, energy, environmental protection, and other related areas. In 2014-2015, and 2015-2016, she served as a member at large on the Foundation's board of directors, and as the McGeorge trustee in 2016-2017.

In March 2015, Professor Salcido organized the law school's annual Global Center Symposium, "The Promise and Peril of an International Law of Property" which brought together experts from around the world to discuss the impact of an emerging international right to property in a variety of contexts. Professor Salcido herself wrote an article for the symposium on the prospect for species protection in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Professor Salcido believes environmental law practitioners can comfortably assert that environmental concerns are not an ancillary to development; they are central to the promotion of thriving communities.

Courses: Property, Wills and Trusts, Natural Resource Law, Environmental Law, Ocean and Coastal Law, Climate Change, Law Review Seminar, Water and Environmental Law Research Seminar

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