Natural Resources Law Faculty & Staff
As Academic Chair and ASL’s first Street Memorial Distinguished Visitor in Real Estate Law, Justice Elizabeth A. McClanahan is leading efforts to establish a nationally recognized natural resources curriculum and academic program. 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.
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 Patrick R. Baker teaches Coal and Hard Mineral Law. Professor Baker practiced at one of Virginia’s leading mineral and energy firms, PennStuart & Eskridge. He serves as faculty chair to the Institutional Development and Strategic Planning Committee. He is an active member in the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation and his academic scholarship focuses on mineral and energy issues.
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.