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Wetlands Law: A Course Source

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Stephen M. Johnson, Mercer University School of Law

Pub Date: 2015

Publisher: CALI's eLangdell® Press

Language: English

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Reviewed by Anthony Snider, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmington on 5/21/18

The text has neither an index nor a glossary. The text is searchable, however, and provides a good background on the cases relevant to wetlands jurisdiction in the United States. It covers Leslie Salt Co., the Bayview Decision, SWANCC, and... read more


Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 The Science
  • Chapter 2 The History of Regulation
  • Chapter 3 Administrative Law
  • Chapter 4 Regulation of Wetlands and Waters of the United States
  • Chapter 5 Additions and Discharges
  • Chapter 6 Section 404 Permits
  • Chapter 7 Mitigation
  • Chapter 8 EPA's Role in Permitting and EPA's Veto Authority
  • Chapter 9 States' Roles and State Programs
  • Chapter 10 Administrative Appeals, Judicial Review and Enforcement
  • Chapter 11 Regulatory Takings

About the Book

The Wetlands Law Course Source can be used as the primary text for a two credit seminar or as a supplemental text to cover wetlands material in an environmental law, natural resources law, or water law course. In addition, the administrative law chapter can be used as a supplement in a range of administrative law-related courses, such as environmental law, health law, labor law, immigration law, and others, to introduce basic administrative law concepts.

Unlike traditional casebooks or coursebooks, a “course source” includes resources to train students in all three apprenticeships identified by the Carnegie Foundation in its influential report on legal education, Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law. To address the knowledge apprenticeship, the Wetlands Law Course Source includes all of the traditional elements of a casebook or coursebook (cases, commentary, notes and questions) and includes several hypotheticals and problem exercises that focus on reinforcing wetlands law. In addition, as one of the many forms of summative and formative assessment included in the book, every chapter includes one or more CALI exercise as a “quiz” to reinforce the material covered in the chapter. To address the skills apprenticeship, the Wetlands Law Course Source includes sixteen separate legal research exercises, several drafting exercises, a negotiation exercise, and an interviewing and counseling exercise. To address the values apprenticeship, the Course Source includes several professionalism scenarios, with questions related to the scenarios.

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About the Contributors


Stephen M. Johnson is the W.F.G. Professor of Law at Mercer University Law School in Macon, Georgia.  He received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and an LL.M. in environmental law from the George Washington University Law School.   Prior to teaching, he served as an attorney for the Bureau of Regulatory Counsel in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (now DEP) and as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Defense Section, where he worked on environmental litigation.

He joined the Mercer faculty in 1993 and served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2002-2012.  He specializes in Environmental Law, but has also taught Torts, Statutory Law, Administrative Law, and Dispute Resolution.   His scholarship focuses on wetlands, environmental justice, economics and the environment, technology and the law, and administrative law.  He has authored several CALI exercises on environmental law and has served on the Board of Directors of CALI since 1998.