Jim Rasband was appointed as the Academic Vice President on June 1, 2017. He is a member of the law faculty and is the Hugh W. Colton Professor of Law. From 2009 to 2016, he served as dean of the BYU law school. Before becoming dean, he served as the associate academic vice president for faculty at BYU.
Rasband joined the law school faculty in 1995. Prior to entering academia, he served as a law clerk to Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and practiced law at Perkins Coie in Seattle, Washington, where his practice focused on Indian treaty litigation.
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 Natural Resources law and Policy (Foundation Press) an important casebook in the field. He has also 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. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.
Rasband received his undergraduate degree in English and Near Eastern studies from BYU. He received his juris doctorate from Harvard University.