Who is on the ASL faculty?


Mark "Buzz" Belleville

Professor Mark (Buzz) Belleville

Associate Professor of Law
Director of the Natural Resource Law Center
276-935-4349, Ext. 1282

J.D., Ohio State University College of Law, with Honors (1993)
B.A., Miami University, with Departmental and University Honors (1990)

Courses Taught: Contracts, Sustainable Energy Law, Appellate Advocacy - Natural Resources, Environmental Law, The Law of Renewables, Appellate Advocacy, Law Office Management and Solar Energy Contracts

Professor Belleville has played a central role in the development of ASL's natural resources law emphasis. He coaches moot court teams at major competitions in environmental law and energy law, and has served as faculty advisor for ASL's Natural Resources Law Journal, the Environmental Law Society, and the Energy and Mineral Law Society. Professor Belleville represented ASL in a successful Solar Pathways grant application made by a consortium of Virginia colleges to the Department of Energy seeking to facilitate the deployment of solar installations at non-profit entities. He developed and supervised a live client clinic focused on legal and regulatory work associated with solar energy deployment for colleges, communities and non-profit organizations. Professor Belleville represents ASL with the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, serving on EMLF's scholarship and law school committees, and regularly presenting at EMLF's annual conferences.

Professor Belleville spent the 2015-2016 academic year as the Energy Law and Policy Teaching Fellow at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, teaching Energy Law and Policy and the Law of Renewables. He has also taught Natural Resources Law and Policy at Virginia Tech University as part of its Masters in Natural Resources program.

Before coming to ASL, Professor Belleville practiced for 10 years as a business litigator and counselor with Woods Rogers PLC in Blacksburg, Va., and Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP in Cleveland and Columbus. His litigation practice focused on commercial contract disputes, environmental litigation, business torts, labor litigation, and premises liability. On behalf of a utility client, Professor Belleville obtained the first summary judgment in Ohio in defense of a premises liability asbestos claim, and helped draft significant asbestos reform legislation. He has also successfully defended multi-million dollar enforcement actions under both the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act on behalf of municipal and industrial clients. He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Virginia.

Professor Belleville has written and given significant presentations on topics that include renewable energy law, the science of climate change for lawyers, fracking regulations, state solar energy regulation, wind energy, carbon regulation, incentives for renewable energy and efficiencies, careers in energy and mineral law, the law of climate change, protecting agribusinesses from liability, and liability issues associated with hiking trails.

Significant Publications

The Wind Blows in Virginia Too: Deconstructing Legal and Regulatory Barriers to the Development of Onshore, Utility-Scale Wind Energy in Virginia, 41 William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review (Fall, 2016) (prepared pursuant to a grant from Dominion Virginia Power)

The Key Stone in the Carbon Tariff Wall: the Alberta Oil Sands and the Legality of Taxing Imports Based on Their Carbon Footprint, 43 Environmental Law 365 (Spring, 2013)

Cool Lawsuits: Is Climate Change Litigation Dead After Kivalina v. ExxonMobil? 7 App. Nat. Res. L.J. 51 (Spring, 2013)

Carbon Regulation and Its Impact on the Appalachian Basin: Why the Coal-Fired Energy Industry in Appalachia Should Embrace, Prepare for, and Help Shape a Comprehensive Legislative Scheme that Limits Greenhouse Gas Emissions, 3 App. Nat. Res. L.J. 73 (Spring, 2009)

Scholarship Grant

Received $95,000 research grant from Dominion Virginia Power to study Removing Barriers to the Development of Onshore Wind Energy in Virginia (Dec. 2012).  

Significant Presentations and Panels

Energy and Mineral Law Foundation (Lexington, Ky.), October 2016 - Renewable Energy: Appalachian State updates

UC-Berkeley, Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (Berkeley, Ca.), October 2015 - "The Science of Climate Change for Lawyers (By a Non-Scientist)" (presented several other occasions) Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Va.), March, 2015 - "Overview of Fracking Law and Policy," part of "What fuels our planet?" series Governor's First Biennial Natural Resources and Energy Law Symposium (Abingdon, Va.), September, 2013 - "The Future of Energy" (panelist for 'New and Emerging Technologies')

Higher Education Center (Abingdon, Va.), August 2013 - "Show me the money! Finding credits, deductions, rebates, investments, grants and loans for your clients' use of renewable energy and energy efficiencies"

ASL Environmental Law Society and Natural Resources Law Journal (Grundy, Va.), March 2013 - "Hot issues in natural gas and coal production and use" (moderated panel)

Energy and Mineral Law Foundation panel (Grundy, Va.), annually 2009-2012 - "Careers in Energy and Mineral Law"

Appalachian Trail Conservancy (Harpers Ferry, W.V.), May 2011 -- "Contracts 101: a Primer for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy" (presented to the select Board members, management and staff of the ATC)

Appalachian Trail Conservancy (Harpers Ferry, W.V.), May 2010 - "The Appalachian Wind Wars, Impact of Wind Energy on the Appalachian Trail"

Energy and Mineral Law Foundation (Lexington, Ky.), October 2009 - "The Appalachian Wind Wars, Obstacles to Harnessing Wind Energy Along the Appalachian Ridgeline"

University of Virginia College of Wise (Wise, Va.), April 2009 - "The Tipping Point: How Small Steps (environmental awareness) Lead to Big Changes (the Clean Air Act)"

Energy and Mineral Law Foundation (Lexington, Ky.), October 2008 - "Carbon Regulation - Impact on the Appalachian Basin"

Richlands Business Incubator (Richlands, Va.), December 2007 - "Protect Your Agribusiness from Liability" (also presented as a CLE in Blacksburg, VA (January, 2007))

Virginia Agriculture Summit (Abingdon, Va.), December 2007 - "Farm Sales and Farm Visits; Protect Your Business from Liability"