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Richard J. Finkmoore

Richard J. Finkmoore

Professor of Law Emeritus

Faculty Emeriti


Professor Finkmoore's interest in environmental issues began in law school, where he was publications director of the Stanford Environmental Law Society and interned with the Natural Resources Defense Council. He later clerked for Justice Robert Utter of the Washington Supreme Court and was an assistant attorney general for the State of Washington. Professor Finkmoore practiced law for ten years, including seven years as partner in a law firm handling a variety of civil matters with an emphasis in real estate and land-use law.

Since joining the California Western faculty, Professor Finkmoore has served as faculty adviser to the Environmental Law Society and performed pro bono work for the Defenders of Wildlife. He taught for eight years as a visiting professor in the Muir College Environmental Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego, and has taught international environmental law in four law school foreign study programs and property law at the National Judicial College.

  • J.D. Stanford Law School
  • B.A. Stanford University (with Distinction; Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Property I & II
  • Environmental Law (U.S.)
  • International Environmental Law
  • Environmental Law Seminar


  • Richard J. Finkmoore, Environmental Law and the Values of Nature (Carolina Academic Press 2010).

Book Chapters

  • Richard J. Finkmoore, Critical Connections: The Amazon and Global Climate Disruption, in Amazonia: Environment and the Law in Amazonia (James M. Cooper & Christine Hunefeldt eds., 2013).

Article in Bar publication

  • Richard J. Finkmoore, Feeling the Heat, San Diego Lawyer 32 (July/Aug. 2008) (discussing the impact of climate change on water supplies in the U.S. Southwest),