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Sanne Knudsen

University of Washington Law School

William H. Gates Hall
Seattle, WA 98195-3020

Sanne Knudsen is the Stimson Bullitt Endowed Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Washington School of Law. Sanne received a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan, where she graduated Order of the Coif and was a member of the Michigan Law Review. She is a former law clerk for the Honorable Ronald M. Gould on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. After practicing law at private law firms in Chicago and Minneapolis, Sanne served on the faculty at the University of Utah as a visiting assistant professor and eventually joined the faculty at the University of Washington School of Law in 2011. She teaches Natural Resources Law, Environmental Law, Administrative Law, and Civil Procedure. Her scholarship focuses on how existing laws and tort liability frameworks can be used to reduce or redress long-term and multiple-stressor environmental harms. She also writes in the area of administrative law and her work has been cited by the United States Supreme Court.

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EPA Region:
Region 10 – (AK, ID, OR, WA & 271 native tribes)
Year of induction:
JD, The University of Michigan Law School, 2002 MS (Environmental Engineering), The University of Michigan Rackham School of Graduate Studies, 2002 BS (Environmental Engineering) Northwestern University Bachelor of Science, 1998
Illinois Washington Minnesota (inactive)
Court Admissions:
Supreme Court of the United States U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Other Environmental Career Experience:
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, University of Washington, 2017-2019
Representative Publications:
The Flipside of Michigan v. EPA, Are Cumulative Impacts Centrally Relevant, 2018 UTAH L. REV. 1 (2018) Regulating Cumulative Risk,101 MINN. L. REV. 2313 (2017) Unearthing The Lost History of Seminole Rock, 65 EMORY L. J. 47 (2015) (with Amy Wildermuth) Adversarial Science, 100 IOWA L. REV. 101 (2015) The Long-Term Tort In Search of a New Casual Paradigm for Natural Resource Damages, 108 NW. U. L. REV. 475 (2014).
Citations of Major Published Cases:
Mayo Foundation v. STB, 472 F.3d 545 (8th Cir. 2006) Humane Society of the United States v. Kempthorne, 481 F. Supp. 2d 53 (D.D.C. 2006), 527 F.3d 181 (D.C. Cir. 2008) Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker, 128 S.Ct. 2605 (2008) Massachusetts v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, 549 U.S. 491 (2007) (amicus brief for States of Arizona, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, and Wisconsin) NEDC v. Decker, 133 S. Ct. 1326 (2013) (amicus brief for Law Professor on the Propriety of Administrative Deference) U.S. EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, 134 S. Ct. 1584 (2014)(amicus brief for Law Professors as Amici Curiae on Issue Exhaustion in Support of Petitioners)