Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
B.U.S. 1976, J.D. 1985; The University of New Mexico
Member of the New Mexico Bar
Professor Gauna teaches courses in environmental law, environmental justice, climate law, energy law, administrative law, and property. She began her legal career in 1985. After a judicial clerkship with Justice Mary C. Walters of the New Mexico Supreme Court, she worked with the Poole law firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Professor Gauna entered academia in 1991, when she accepted a faculty appointment at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California, and was subsequently appointed to the UNM law faculty.
Professor Gauna has written about and worked extensively on environmental justice matters, and has co-authored a widely used course book in the area. She is a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, the American Law Institute, serves on two environmental justice committees for sections of the American Bar Association, and is on the executive board of the New Mexico State Bar Section on Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law. She has completed several tenures on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council and was a member of the NACEPT Title VI (Civil Rights Act) Federal Advisory Committee.
Professor Gauna regularly speaks on environmental law issues, has testified before the Congressional Committee on Climate Change and Energy Security, and spoke at the White House Forum on Environmental Justice in 2010. Professor Gauna has worked closely with agencies, educational institutions, and environmental justice community-based organizations and networks in the southwestern United States.