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Gosman, Sara


531 Legal Research

Sara Rollet Gosman joined the Environmental Law and Policy Program as a lecturer in 2007. Her research and teaching interests include toxic substance regulation and toxic torts, environmental justice, oil and gas development, watershed planning, and Supreme Court litigation.

Gosman is currently the faculty lead on policy and law for an integrated assessment on hydraulic fracturing in Michigan, sponsored by the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan. From 2011 to 2012, Gosman conducted research with Michigan Law students on the legal framework governing oil and gas development in the Great Lakes Basin. The project, "Oil & Gas Development at Home: A Legal Analysis of Threats to the Great Lakes Basin," focused on oil pipeline safety and hydraulic fracturing of wells, and was co-sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation and funded by the National Sea Grant Law Center.

From 2007 to 2012, Gosman was a water resources attorney for the National Wildlife Federation, where she worked on implementation of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and other Great Lakes water issues. Prior to joining NWF, Gosman was an assistant attorney general in the environment, natural resources, and agriculture division of the Michigan Department of Attorney General. She was a member of the State of Michigan's Environmental Justice Working Group from 2008 to 2010, and is currently on the board of the Pipeline Safety Trust.

Gosman earned an AB with high honors in 1996 from Princeton University and a JD, cum laude, in 2001 from Harvard Law School, where she was senior editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. Through a dual-degree program she also earned a master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. Gosman clerked for Chief Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the Northern District of California. She is the recipient of a Fulbright grant to research the role of environmental organizations in Hungary's transition to democracy, as well as a Luce Scholarship to work with the World Wide Fund for Nature on sustainable development in Indochina.