Natural Resources Law Faculty & Staff
Justice Elizabeth A. McClanahan serves as Academic Chair and ASL’s first Street Memorial Distinguished Visitor in Real Estate Law. She was the 1994 El Paso Fellow at the University of Colorado Natural Resources Law Center. She has served as Virginia’s chief deputy attorney general, as a judge on the Virginia Court of Appeals for eight years, and was elevated in 2011 to the Virginia Supreme Court.
Professor Patrick R. Baker, Director, Natural Resources Law Center. Professor Baker teaches Oil & Gas Law, Water Law, and Coal and Hard Mineral Law. In addition to serving as Director of the Natural Resources Law Center, he is currently leading efforts to enhance and expand the natural resources law program and establish a legal clinic. Before joining ASL, Professor Baker practiced at one of Virginia’s leading mineral and energy firms, PennStuart & Eskridge. His scholarship focuses on natural resources and energy law issues.
Program Counsel Daniel H. Caldwell, Esq., joined ASL’s Natural Resources Law Program in January 2012, after 34 years of practice. His representation included mineral and energy clients on general corporate and transactional issues in both state and federal court. As counsel to the Program, he oversees the implementation and administration of the Program.
Professor Mark (Buzz) Belleville is Chair of the Curriculum Commitee and teaches Sustainable Energy law and is faculty advisor to the Natural Resources Law Journal, Environmental Law Society and Energy and Mineral Law Society. He is an active member in the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation and his academic scholarship focuses on renewable energy and climate change.
Professor Priscilla Harris teaches Environmental Law and Torts. Before joining the faculty, she practiced in the areas of environmental law and land use. She chairs the faculty recruitment committee and her scholarship focuses on environmental issues, women’s rights and public health law.
Professor Derrick Howard teaches a Natural Resources Law Seminar and serves as director of the summer externship and summer clerkship program. Additionally, Professor Howard’s academic scholarship explores water law and environmental human rights.