Michael R. Barsa

Professor of Practice
Co-Director of the Environmental Law Concentration


Professor Barsa has written widely on food security and climate change, international environmental claims under the Alien Tort Claims Act, risk perception, the Public Trust Doctrine, the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and judicial review in an age of hyper-polarization.  Professor Barsa’s opinion pieces have appeared in The Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Sun-Times, and he has been interviewed on WTTW Chicago Tonight and on international radio.  He has received numerous teaching awards, including the Robert Childres Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence and the Outstanding Professor Award in the Master of Science in Law Program.  He also lectures to high school students about environmental issues and was a keynote speaker for the Midwest State of the Junior State of America.


  • BA, Stanford University
  • MA, Stanford University
  • JD, Stanford University

Prior Appointments

  • Senior Lecturer, Northwestern University School of Law
  • 1999-2008, Munger, Tolles & Olson
  • Law Clerk, 1997-1998, Hon. Cynthia Holcomb Hall, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

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