Faculty Biography

Brian E. Gray

Stanley Legro Professor in Environmental Law

  • JD, 1979, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, 1976, Pomona College

Areas of Expertise

Professor Gray teaches water law, environmental law, public lands and natural resources management.

Professional Experience

Gray is a professor of law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Prior to joining UC Hastings, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Arlin M. Adams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and practiced law with Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Robertson & Falk.

Honors and Affiliations

Gray is a recipient of the William Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Hastings Outstanding Teacher Award and the Nature Conservancy's Volunteer Service Award. He was editor-in-chief of the California Law Review. He has been a board member of 826 National, the Natural Heritage Institute and the Berkeley Law Foundation. Gray has served as pro bono counsel for several environmental organizations, including the Environmental Defense Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council, The Nature Conservancy, Earthjustice, and the Trust for Public Land.

Key Works

Gray’s publications include Paying for Water in California (with Hanak, Lund, et al) (Public Policy Institute of California, 2014); “The Draft Bay-Delta Conservation Plan: Assessment of Environmental Performance and Governance” in 20 West•Northwest __ (with Mount, Fleenor, et al) (forthcoming 2014); “Fragmented Regulation of Multiple Stressors: A Cautionary Tale for Takings Law” in 19 West•Northwest 341 (2013); “Ensuring the Public Trust” in 45 U.C. Davis Law Review 973 (2012) (symposium issue); and “Myths of California Water: Implications and Reality” in 16 West•Northwest 3 (with Hanak, Lund, et al) (2010).

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