A. Dan Tarlock

Professor A. Dan Tarlock
University Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Professor of Law Emeritus
565 W. Adams St., Room 831
Chicago, IL 60661


  • LL.B., Stanford Law School
  • A.B., Stanford University


Professor Tarlock, who joined the Chicago-Kent faculty in 1981, is an internationally recognized expert in environmental law and the law of land and water use. He has published a treatise, Law of Water Rights and Resources, and is a co-author of four casebooks, Water Resource Management, Environmental Law, Land Use Controls, and Environmental Protection: Law and Policy.

Professor Tarlock is a frequent consultant to local, state, federal and international agencies, private groups and law firms, and is an elected member of the American Law Institute. From 1989 to 1992, he was the chair of a National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council committee to study water management in the western United States. In 1996–97, he was the principal report writer for the Western Water Policy Review Advisory Committee. Since 2009, Professor Tarlock has been a member of a standing National Research Council committee to advise the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on future challenges such as climate change to their missions.

Professor Tarlock received his bachelor's and law degrees from Stanford University, where he was an officer of the Stanford Law Review. He is a member of the California bar. Professor Tarlock is currently one of three United States special legal advisers to the NAFTA Commission on Environmental Cooperation. He teaches courses in land use, property, energy and natural resource law, and international environmental law.

Selected Publications

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