Robert Abrams

Professor of Law
Phone: 407-254-4001
Email: robert.abrams@famu.edu

Robert AbramsRobert Abrams is an expert in both Water Law and Environmental Law.  He is co-author of a leading casebook in each field: Legal Control of Water Resources (with Joseph Sax, Barton Thompson, Jr., and John Leshy, 4th ed. 2006) and Nature Law & Society: A Coursebook on Environmental Law & Policy, (with Zygmunt Plater, Robert Graham, Lisa Heinzerling, & David Wirth (3rd ed. 2004).  Professor Abrams is past Chair of the ABA Water Resources Committee and is currently serving as a Vice Chair of that committee.   He is a contributing editor of the Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases and a Life Member of the American Law Institute.



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Publications by Professor Abrams:


  • Legal Control of Water Resources(4th Ed. 2006, West Publishing Co., 1104 pages with accompanying Teacher’s Manual) co-author with Joseph Sax & Barton Thompson, Jr., & John Leshy.

  • Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law, and Society, (3rd Ed. 2004, Aspen Publishing Co., 1312 pages with accompanying Teacher’s Manual) co-author with Zygmunt Plater, William Goldfarb, Robert Graham, Lisa Heinzerling, & David Wirth.

  • Articles

  • Water Federalism and the Army Corps of Engineers Role in Eastern States Water Allocation, 31 University of Arkansas Little Rock Law Review 395 (2009)

  • The Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 as a Model for Interjurisdictional Water Governance, 54 Wayne Statue Law Review 1635 (2008)

  • Settlement of the ACF Controversy: Sisyphus at the Dawn of the 21st Century, 31 Hamline Law Review 679 (2008)

  • Climate Change and Freshwater Resources, 22 Natural Resources & Environment 30 (Winter 2008) (co-author with Noah Hall & Brent Stuntz)

  • Walking the Beach to the Core of Sovereignty: The Historic Basis for the Public Trust Doctrine Applied in Glass v. Goeckel, 40 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 861 (2007).

  • Broadening Narrow Perspectives and Nuisance Law: Protecting Ecosystem Services in the ACF Basin, 22 J. Land Use & Env. Law 243 (2007).

  • Interstate Water Allocation: A Contemporary Primer for Eastern States, 25 University of Arkansas Little Rock Law Review 155 (2002).

  • Superfund and the Evolution of Brownfields Federalism, 21 William & Mary Environmental Policy Journal 265 (1997). 

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