ND Law Professor Bruce Huber Earns Tenure

Author: Kevin Allen


Bruce Huber has been granted tenure as a professor of law at Notre Dame Law School.

“This is a moment I’ve been looking forward to for 12 years – since I started down the road toward becoming a legal academic. I started a Ph.D. program in Berkeley specifically with this end in mind,” Huber said.

“I’m eager to take a pause and appreciate the blessings that I’ve experienced over the past number of years,” he said, “but I’m also eager to continue teaching and researching and writing.”

Huber is celebrating another honor at the same time. The Class of 2017 selected him as the Distinguished Professor of the Year.

“That’s a tremendous honor. I regard teaching as the central part of our job. We rightly put a lot of time and thought into our scholarship, but we are teachers first and foremost,” Huber said.

“And this has been a great class,” he said. “The Class of 2017 has demonstrated a great deal of leadership and a lot of compassion toward one other. It’s an honor to be chosen in any year but particularly in this year.”

Huber joined Notre Dame Law School’s faculty in 2011. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of environmental law, natural resources law, property law, and energy law. His areas of expertise include energy regulation, public land and resource management, and the interaction between law and politics. His scholarship has been published in such journals as the California Law Review, the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and The Georgetown Law Journal. 

In 2016, he was named the Robert & Marion Short Scholar – a three-year rotating appointment for pre-tenure faculty members at Notre Dame Law School.

He is also a fellow of the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame, and serves as faculty lead for the Center’s program in “People, Policy, and Environment.” He contributes to the Notice & Comment blog of the Yale Journal on Regulation and is an editor for the journal Transnational Environmental Law.

Huber earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at Stanford University and his J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. After finishing law school, he earned a Ph.D. in political science at Berkeley, where he received several teaching awards. He taught for two years in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College before coming to Notre Dame.

“Teaching law at Notre Dame has been a tremendous gift to me,” Huber said. “I look forward to continuing to do so for many years to come. It’s a joy and a privilege to be here.”