James R. Rasband

James R. Rasband was appointed as the Academic Vice President of Brigham Young University in June 2017. Prior to his appointment, he was serving as the Hugh W. Colton Professor of Law in BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. He served as dean of the law school from 2009 to 2016 and previously served as the Associate Academic Vice President for Faculty in the university administration.

He joined the BYU Law School faculty in 1995. His research and teaching has centered on public land and natural resources law and policy. He has published many articles and book chapters on these subjects and is coauthor of an important casebook in the field. He has taught as a visiting professor at Murdoch University School of Law in Perth, Australia, and as a visiting fellow at T. C. Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

Rasband received his law degree from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University where he majored in English and Near Eastern Studies. Following his graduation from law school and prior to entering academia, he served as a law clerk to Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and practiced law at the Perkins Coie law firm in Seattle where his practice focused on the Endangered Species Act and Indian treaty litigation.

Rasband is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and has served as an ex officio member of the Utah State Bar Commission. He has also served as the governor’s appointee to the Constitutional Defense Council and on the Board of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, an organization of legal academics and practitioners devoted to education on natural resource law topics. He is currently the chair of the Membership Review Committee of the Association of American Law Schools, the primary academic association for law faculty.