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Barton H. Thompson Jr.

Barton H. Thompson Jr. is the Vice Dean and Robert E. Paradise Professor of Natural Resources Law at Stanford Law School and Senior Fellow at the Institute for International Studies. In 1999, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution for War, Revolution, and Peace. At Stanford, Professor Thompson heads the Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy program and teaches courses in environmental law, natural resources, and property. His scholarship and research focus on water, fishing, and biodiversity policies; constitutional issues in environmental protection; and market and other alternative approaches to environmental issues. He is co-author of Legal Control of Water Resources (West Publishing, 3d. ed., 2000) and Environmental Law & Policy: Concepts and Insights (Foundation Press 2003).

Professor Thompson consults for a variety of private, governmental, and non-profit organizations. He serves on the board of several environmental organizations, including as chair of the board of the Natural Heritage Institute.

Professor Thompson earned his J.D. and M.B.A. in 1976 and his B.A. in 1972 from Stanford University. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Joseph T. Sneed of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice William H. Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court. Until joining the faculty at Stanford, he was a partner in the Los Angeles office of O'Melveny & Myers. He is a member of the California bar. At Stanford, he has been the recipient of both the Hurlburt Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Robert E. Paradise Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching and Research. In 2002, he also won an award from the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution for innovation in the teaching of problem solving.

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