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Professor of LawSteven A.G. Davison
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 514

Administrative Assistant: Laurie Schnitzer
John and Frances Angelos Law Center
Room 1008


J.D., Yale University, 1971
B.S., with distinction, Cornell University, 1968

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Environmental Law
Environmental and Toxic Torts
Federal and State Environment Protection and Pollution Control Statutes
Liability under Federal and State Common Law for Environmental and Toxic Torts
Wetlands Law

Davison joined the faculty in 1974 after serving in the U.S. Navy from 1971-74. He co-authored Yannacone, Cohen and Davison, Environmental Rights and Remedies (1972), the first treatise on environmental law. He is also the co-author of the second edition of Chesapeake Waters (1997), a book that examines the history of the water quality and water pollution of the Chesapeake Bay. In addition, he is the author of 15 law review articles and the co-author of four other law review articles. These articles examine environmental, criminal procedure and property issues. Some of his most recent law review articles were published in the William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, Fordham Environmental Law Review and Tulane Environmental Law Journal.

He has served as a consultant on environmental issues for the Baltimore County Office of Law, as the reporter for the Maryland Governor's Landlord-Tenant Laws Study Commission, and as a hearing officer for the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Maryland Attorney General. He is a member of the Colorado Bar.

In 1998 and 2002, Davison served as co-counsel for environmentalists, on a pro bono basis, in two successful appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, in litigation seeking to protect endangered and threatened sea turtles under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Selected Publications

Book and Book Chapters

Chesapeake Waters: Four Centuries of Controversy, Concern and Legislation (co-author) (2nd ed., 1997; Cornell Maritime Press).

Articles and Essays

EPA's Definition of "Solid Waste" Under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act: Is EPA Adequately Protecting Human Health and the Environment While Promoting Recycling? 30 J. Land, Resources & Envtl. L. 1 (2010).

General Permits Under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, 26 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 35 (reprinted in 34 EPA Administrative Law Reporter 6 (July 2009).

Federal Agency Action Subject to Section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act, 14 Mo. Envtl. L. & Pol’y Rev. 29 (2007).

Regulation of Emission of Greenhouse Gases and Hazardous Air Pollutants from Motor Vehicles, 14 Pitt. J. Entvl. & Pub. Health L. 1 (2006).

Defining "Addition" of a Pollutant Into Navigable Waters From a Point Source Under the Clean Water Act: The Questions Answered -- and Those Not Answered -- by South Florida Water Management District v. Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, 16 Fordham Envtl. L. Rev. 1 (2004).

Standing to Sue in Citizen Suits Against Air and Water Polluters Under Friends of the Earth, Inc. v. Laidlaw Environmental Services (TOC), Inc., 17 Tulane Envtl. L.J. 63-115 (2003).

The Aftermath of Sweet Home Chapter: Modification of Wildlife Habitat as a Prohibited Taking in Violation of the Endangered Species Act, 27 Wm. & Mary Envtl. L. & Pol'y Rev. 541 (2003).

Governmental Liability Under CERCLA, 25 B.C. Envtl. Aff. L. Rev. 47 (1997).

Takings of Wildlife Under Endangered Species Acts After Sweet Home Chapter (with Lawrence R. Liebesman), 5 U. Balt. J. Envtl. L. 136 (1995).

Alteration of Wildlife Habitat as a Prohibited Taking Under the Endangered Species Act, 10 J. Land Use & Envtl. L. 155 (1995).

Warrantless Investigative Seizures of Real and Tangible Personal Property by Law Enforcement Officers, 25 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 577 (1988).