Lynn E. Blais

  • Leroy G. Denman, Jr. Regents Professor in Real Property Law


  • JD Harvard
  • AB Wellesley College

Areas of Specialty

Professor Blais is a Co-Director of the Supreme Court Clinic. In addition, she teaches Administrative Law, Environmental Law, and Property. Her research focuses on the allocation of property rights and natural resources and the decision making processes underlying these allocations. During her tenure at UT Law School she has served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and been a Co-founder of three clinics: the Capital Punishment Clinic, the Environmental Law Clinic, and the Supreme Court Clinic. Her articles have appeared in such journals as the Fordham Urban Law Journal, Texas Law Review, the University of Illinois Law Review, and the Southern California Law Review.

Before joining the Texas faculty in 1991, Professor Blais served as a law clerk to the Honorable Harry A. Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court and the Hon. Wm. Wayne Justice of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. She also practiced environmental law with the public interest firm Hall & Phillips in Los Angeles.

Recent Publications

  • The Public Use Clause and Heightened Rational Basis Review, 48 Connecticut Law Review 1497 (2016).
  • The Legitimate Reach of the Environmental Revolution [Symposium: The Federal Leviathan: Is There Any Area of Modern Life to Which Federal Government Power Does Not Extend?], 37 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 13 (2014).
  • The Problem with Pretext, 38 Fordham Urban Law Journal 963 (2011).

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