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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 (1993)
B.A., Miami University, with Departmental and University Honors (1990)

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

Professor Belleville plays a central role in the development of ASL's natural resources law emphasis. He is the faculty advisor to the Environmental Law Society, the Energy and Mineral Law Society and ASL Cares, and co-advisor for ASL’s Natural Resources Law Journal. He coaches moot court teams at major competitions in environmental law and energy law. Professor Belleville serves on the scholarship committee for the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, and has presented work at EMLF's annual conferences. He has written and given presentations on carbon regulation, climate change litigation and wind energy. He recently received a grant from Dominion Power to research barriers to on-shore wind energy development in Virginia.

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.

Significant Publications

Mark L. (Buzz) Belleville, 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)

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

Mark L. (Buzz) Belleville, 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). Currently supervising three law students in conducting the research and preparing the study.

Significant Presentations and Panels

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”