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Professor Jessica Owley

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Professor Jessica Owley
University at Buffalo Law Sch.
Buffalo, New York
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Jessica Owley teaches environmental law, property, land conservation, and federal Indian law. She joined the SUNY Buffalo Law in 2010 after serving as an assistant professor at Pace Law School. She received her Ph.D. in environmental science, policy and management from the University of California-Berkeley in 2005, shortly after completing her J.D. at Berkeley Law in 2004. Before entering academia, Owley practiced in the Land Use and Environment Law group at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. Prior to private practice, Owley clerked for Hon. Harry Pregerson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Hon. Dean D. Pregerson of the Central District of California. Owley is a member of the California bar and admitted to practice in the Northern, Southern and Eastern districts of California and the Ninth Circuit. Owley's teaching interests are in the areas of property, environmental law, administrative law and Indian law. Though her general research is on land conservation and property rights, her current scholarship focuses on using property tools for conservation in the context of climate change.

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Conservation Easements at the Climate Change Crossroads
Study examining perpetual conservation easements in light of a changing climate. What happens when a conservation easement sets rules pertaining to the treatment of a landscape on a property (i.e.,...