David Dana
David Dana

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Faculty and Research
Professor of Law, Northwestern School of Law
Professor of Strategy (Courtesy)

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David Dana is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Faculty and Research at the Northwestern University Law School. He is a leading scholar in the fields of environmental, property, intellectual property, and professional responsibility law. Before becoming a professor, he was an environmental litigator in both the private (Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering) and public (U.S. Department of Justice) sectors.

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J.D., 1988, Law, Harvard University, magna cum laude
M.A., B.A., 1985, Social Studies, Harvard University, summa cum laude

Academic Positions
Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law, Law, Northwestern University, 2004-present
Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, 2003-2003
Visiting Professor of Law, Tel-Aviv University, 1999-1999
Visiting Associate Professor of Law, School of Law, University of Viriginia, 1997-1997
Associate Professor of Law, then Professor of Law, School of Law, Boston University, 1993-1999

Other Professional Experience
Trial Attorney, U.S. Dept. of Justice, 1991-1993
Associate, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, 1989-1991
Judicial Law Clerk, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1988-1989

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Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Colloquium: Environmental Law (PPTYTORT-645)
Earth's changing climate promises to be the defining issue of the 21st century, and how humanity responds may well determine the fate of many nations. In this colloquium, we examine the scientific basis for climate projections and explore the basis for mitigation measures such as carbon taxes and cap-and-trade schemes. Recognizing that some amount of climate change will occur regardless of what humanity does now, we also study the emerging science and policy of climate change adaptation--how to enact policy measures to adapt to the sea level changes, drought/flood cycles, species migrations, and other climate-related effects that threaten a significant percentage of the world's population. Finally, we examine public perceptions of climate change and the relationship between mitigation and adaptation in shaping those perceptions. Registration Requirements: While having taken Environmental Law is helpful for understanding these issues, it is not a prerequisite. Teaching Methods: Class Participation, Discussion, Guest Speakers, Readings Evaluation Methods: Attendance, Class Participation, Papers, Presentations

Water Law (PPTYTORT-683)
This seminar examines the legal regime that governs the allocation and management of surface and ground water in the United States and on international rivers and aquifers. The class will cover the two basic allocation regimes in the United States -- riparian rights and prior appropriation -- and a variety of current topics. These include the capacity of the legal system to adapt to global climate change, the emergence of a human right to water, disputes among states as to water rights, the impact of environmental laws on the right to divert water, the management of the Great Lakes, and the special rights of Indian Tribes. Class grade will be based on class participation and a paper. Students may satisfy third year paper or other writing requirements with this seminar. Class materials will consist of a series of reading to be made available in a course pack and on canvas.

Legal Issues In Real Estate (REAL-447-0)
This course presents an overview of the real estate development process, providing the necessary context for making sound decisions regarding the use of legal services and counseling. The class offers an introduction to a range of legal issues that may confront real estate managers and developers. Subjects covered include: land acquisition, ownership structures, real estate financing, environmental due diligence, zoning, development incentives, landlord-tenant issues, and condominium development. Guest speakers with specialized expertise will address a number of the topics.