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Gosman, Sara

Lecturer
2013-2014

531 Legal Research
734.647.3948
E-mail sgosman@umich.edu

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.

Professor

Activities

Presented, "Keystone XL Pipeline Panel Discussion," University of Michigan Law School, February 2013.

Presented, "Regulating in the Face of Uncertainty: Chemical Risk Disclosure and Hydraulic Fracturing," 3rd Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, Vermont Law School, October 2012.

Presented, "Oil and Gas Development in the Great Lakes Basin," Coastal Society Conference, June 2012.

Moderator, "The Controversy Over Fracking: Will Michigan and Ohio Be the Next Frontier?", University of Michigan Law School, April 2012.

Moderator, "Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Oil Pipelines in the Great Lakes Region; Learning from the Enbridge Spill in Marshall, MI," University of Michigan Law School, April 2012.

Keynote Lecture, "The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: Implementation of the Great Lakes Compact," Braun Memorial Lecture, John Marshall Law School, March 2012.

Presented "Hydraulic Fracturing in the Great Lakes Region: Regulating in the Face of Uncertainty," Great Lakes Water Conference, University of Toledo College of Law, November 2011.

Presented "Water Withdrawals and Fracking: The Promise of the Great Lakes Compact," Symposium on Hydrofracking: Exploring the Legal Issues in the Context of Politics, Science, and the Economy, University at Buffalo School of Law, March 2011.

Moderator, "Policy Roundtable: Reconciling Environmental and Economic Values," Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review Symposium on Green Technology and Economic Revitalization in Michigan, University of Michigan Law School, March 2011.

 
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