Michael Burger teaches Environmental Law, Ocean & Coastal Law, Administrative Law, and Law & Literature at RWU Law. Prior to his arrival here, he was assistant acting professor of Lawyering at New York University School of Law. He also served for four years in the Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York, where he worked on issues ranging from global warming to the protection of the City's drinking water supply to the renovation of Washington Square Park.
Professor Burger writes on environmental federalism and the intersection of environmental law and environmental literature. Recent articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the University of Cincinnati Law Review, the University of Hawaii Law Review, the Environmental Law Reporter, and other journals. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an articles editor for the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law; and of Brown University, where he graduated magna cum laude and received the Ratcliffe Hicks Prize for highest standing in language and literature. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Graduate Creative Writing program at NYU.
“Charlottesville, Other Cities, Restore Their Watersheds,” in Cities and Nature, A Handbook for Renewal, edited by Roger L. Kemp (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2006)
New Narratives in Environmental Law, __ University of Akron Law Review __ (forthcoming 2013)
Environmental Law/Environmental Literature __ Ecology Law Quarterly __ (forthcoming 2013)
Property Law and American Empire __ University of Hawaii Law Review __ (forthcoming 2013)
Consistency Conflicts and Federalism Choice: Marine Spatial Planning Beyond the States' Territorial Seas, 41 Environmental Law Reporter 10602 (2011)
“It’s Not Easy Being Green”: Local Initiatives, Preemption Problems and the Market Participant Exception, 78 University of Cincinnati Law Review 835 (2010)
Empowering Local Autonomy and Encouraging Innovation in Climate Change Governance: The Case for a Layered Regime, 39 Environmental Law Reporter 11161 (Environmental Law Institute, Dec. 2009)
Bipolar and Polycentric Approaches to Human Rights and the Environment, 28 Columbia Journal of Environmental Law 371 (2003)