Water Law Expert Burke Griggs Joins Washburn Law

Photograph: Professor Burke Griggs Washburn Law is pleased to announce that Burke W. Griggs, widely regarded as a top water law expert, joined Washburn Law’s faculty in July 2016 as a visiting associate professor. Throughout his career, he has focused considerable scholarly attention on emerging water law issues.

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Griggs effected change through his work practicing water law in both the public and private sectors. He served as assistant attorney general to Kansas, working on federal and inter-state water matters, and was involved in ground-breaking water rights litigation. Griggs has advised Kansas natural resource agencies, and helped negotiate tribal water rights. His scholarship focuses on the history, geophysics, and political cultures relating to the competition for property interests in natural resources. 

“I am honored and excited to have joined the Washburn Law faculty,” said Burke Griggs. “No other faculty in the region has Washburn’s commitment to natural resources law — a commitment both to the field and to preparing our students for effective practice in it.”

He teaches Oil and Gas Law, Property, Public Land Law, and Agricultural Law and brings his expertise to the Oil and Gas Law Center, the Agricultural Law Program, and the Rural Law Practice Initiative.

David Pierce, '77, director of the Oil and Gas Law Center, commented, “I have followed Burke’s professional and teaching career closely, and envisioned a place for him teaching natural resources law at Washburn Law and assuming a major role with Washburn’s oil and gas law program. He is a wonderful addition to the faculty and to the Oil and Gas Law Center.”

Read more about Professor Griggs at: http://www.washburnlaw.edu/profiles/griggs-burke.html.