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College of Law

Faculty and Staff

Sam Kalen

Associate Dean
William T. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law
Co-Director, Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies

Sam Kalen

B.A., Clark University (1980), cum laude and High Honors in History
J.D., Washington University School of Law (1984)

Phone: (307) 766-6706
Office: 202 College of Law


Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. & Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 - noon; appointment recommended

Professor Sam Kalen joined the University of Wyoming College of Law faculty in 2009.  Professor Kalen is an expert in energy, public lands and natural resources, as well as environmental and administrative law.  He founded and is now the co-Director of the Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies.  Prior to Joining the College of Law, he held various adjunct or visiting teaching positions at the University of Baltimore, Florida State University, Washington & Lee University, and Penn State University.  He is the author of many scholarly articles, including publishing in Florida Law Review, Colorado Law Review, Marquette Law Review, Rutgers Law Review, Ecology Law Quarterly, NYU Environmental Law Journal, and Duke Environmental Law and Policy; and one of his articles was quoted by a dissenting Justice in a Supreme Court opinion.  Also, he recently published, along with a co-author, a book by Cambridge University Press (2018), entitled ENERGY FOLLIES.  Before teaching, Professor Kalen practiced in Washington, D.C. for over 20 years, both in the private and public sectors. His private practice work focused on energy, environment, as well as public lands and natural resources law; and he worked primarily on public lands and natural resources when serving in the Solicitor’s Office at the Department of the Interior during the Clinton Administration. Immediately after law school, Professor Kalen began his career as a law clerk for Justice Warren D. Welliver of the Missouri Supreme Court. Professor Kalen is active in the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, having served as a Chair of two committees and Vice-Chair on several committees.

Teaching: Public Lands and Natural Resources, Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Energy Law, Climate Change, Indian Law, Legal History, Legislation

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1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3035

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6416

Fax: 307-766-6417


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