Keleher & McLeod Professor
B.S. Iowa State University
J.D. University of Michigan
Member of Colorado and Oregon Bars (inactive status in both states)
Reed Benson joined the UNM law faculty in July 2008, contributing a broad background in environmental work, including five years as executive director of WaterWatch of Oregon. In addition to teaching natural resources classes, he serves as Faculty Editor-in-Chief of the Natural Resources Journal.
Prior to coming to UNM, he spent six years on the faculty of the University of Wyoming College of Law, where he taught courses in environmental law, legislation, water law and administrative law, and served as faculty adviser to the Wyoming Law Review. He previously worked as a staff attorney for the Land and Water Fund of the Rockies, an attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and an associate for the Colorado law firm of Hutchinson, Black & Cook.
Benson's writing focuses on water law and environmental issues facing the West. His most recent publications examine such topics as the application of the Endangered Species Act to federal water projects, the efforts of western cities to ensure adequate water supplies for recreation, and the scope of federal deference to state laws governing water allocation and management. He is Co-author on the 6th edition of the Water Resource Management casebook published by Foundation Press, joining longtime authors Dan Tarlock, Jim Corbridge and David Getches.