Myrl L. Duncan Publications, Presentations, and Other Activity

Articles in Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

"Reconceiving the Bundle of Sticks: Land as a Community-Based Resource," 32 Environmental Law 773 (2002).

"Property as a Public Conversation, Not a Lockean Soliloquy: A Role for Intellectual and Legal history in Takings Analysis," 26 Environmental Law 1095 (1996).

"The Rights of Nature: A Triumph for Holism or Pyrrhic Victory," 31 Washburn Law Journal 62-70 (1992).

"High Noon on the Ogallala Aquifer: Agriculture Does Not Live by Farmland Preservation Alone," 27 Washburn Law Journal 16 (1987).

"Agriculture as a Resource: Statewide Land Use Programs for the Preservation of Farmland," 14 Ecology Law Quarterly 401 (1987).

"Toward a Theory of Broad-Based Planning for the Preservation of Agricultural Land," 24 Natural Resources Journal 61 (1984).

"The Future of Affirmative Action: A Jurisprudential/Legal Critique," 17 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, 503-553 (1982).

Chapters in Books

"Global Warming and Non-Point Source Pollution on the Great Plains: What’s Good for Agriculture is also Good for Planet Earth" in Climate Change: A Reader (William H. Rodgers, Jr., et. al., eds.) (Carolina Academic Press, 2011).

Other Publications

"Observations on a Sabbatical Spent With Lewis and Clark," 35 Circuit Rider 29 (Fall 1996).

"Regulatory Takings: A Conversation, Not a Soliloquy," 7 National Resource Law Institute News (1996).

"New Ethic needed to Sustain High Plains Agriculture," Kansas Natural Resource Journal, Aug./Sept. 1986. Excerpted in: The Greater Prairie Chicken (Kansas Sierra Club Newsletter), December 1986.

"Water Law's Public Aspects Reveal Conservation Potential," Kansas Natural Resource Council Journal, Aug./Sept. (1986).

"Reflections on the People's Republic," 22 The Circuit Rider 5 (Summer 1983).

"Foreign Ownership of Kansas Land," Wichita Business (May-June 1983) (co-author with James Wadley).

The Courts, Kansas Bar Association, Law in Education Background Paper Series. (1980) (co-author).

Media Engagement

Discussed the proposed legislation dealing with full faith and credit for tribal court judgments, National Public Radio, April 15, 2019.


Moderator, "Election Law Federalism," Election Law Today and Beyond Symposium, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas, February 25, 2016.

"High Noon on the Ogalalla Aquifer Revisited," Sierra Club - Kansas Chapter Fortieth Anniversary Conference: Planning the Next Forty!, Topeka, Kansas, March 8, 2014.

Panel Moderator, "Contemporary Race Issues: Confronting Inequality in the 21st Century," Brown v. Board at 60: Looking Back, Looking Forward Symposium, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas, February 27, 2014.

Moderator, "The Great Climate Debate," Midwest Region Environmental Conference of Associated Industries of Missouri, Kansas City, March 25, 2008.

"Water Law in Kansas" at a public meeting, "More Water for Salina: What Can We Do?" Sponsored by the Land Institute, Salina, March 11, 2007.

"Prior Appropriation on the Ogallala Aquifer: The Age of Conservation Meets the Great American Bar B Q," Washburn University School of Law (presented to groundwater experts from China, India, Bangaladesh, and Nepal), December 11, 2006.

Lecture, "Water and the Takings Clause," Sponsored by the Kansas Water Office, September 17, 2002.

"Water and Future of Environmental Protection." Symposium on Water Resources: Past, Present and Future," Kansas Academy of Sciences, Wichita, April 20, 1998.

"The Future of Environmental Regulation," Water 2010: A Kansas Water Plan Vision Summit sponsored by the Kansas Water Office, Salina, November 13, 1997.

"Perspectives on the Takings Debate," Kansas-Nebraska Workshop on the Environment for Legislators (Sponsored by U. Of Iowa/Joyce Foundation), Lawrence, Kansas, June 17, 1995.

"Perspectives on the Takings Clause" at Kansas Conservation Forum, Topeka, January 22, 1994.

"Report on Washburn's Feminist Jurisprudence & Critical Race Theory Courses." Annual Meeting of Mid Continent Association of Law Schools, Banff, Alberta. July 1993.

"The Rights of Nature" at the Annual Prairie Festival at the Land Institute, Salina, Kansas, June 2, 1991.

"Remedial Writing Instruction," AALS Mini-Workshop on Legal Writing throughout the Law School Curriculum, AALS Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 3, 1991.

"The Ogallala and Beyond: Stewardship or Depletion?," Fall Festival of Kansas environmental groups, Rock Springs Ranch, October 28, 1989.

"Comparable Worth: Pay Equity for Women," Salina Human Relations Week, September 12, 1985.

"Comparable Worth: Pay Equity for Women," Washburn/Topeka Bar Institute, October 26, 1984.

Comparable Worth: Pay Equity for Women," Washburn University Alumni Association/YWCA Women's Day, April 14, 1984.

"Organizing the Legal Research & Writing Program," Conference of Oklahoma Law Schools, Lake Eufala, Oklahoma, May 5, 1979.

Professional Service

"What Washburn's Myrl Duncan Learned About Law After 45 Years Teaching It," The Topeka Capital-Journal, May 11, 2022.

Member, Board of Directors, Sunflower Music Festival, Topeka, Kansas, 2007-.

  • Treasurer, 2008-2011
  • President, 2011-2013

Member, Board of Directors, Kansas Land Trust, Lawrence, Kansas, 1997-2004, 2005-.