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Karrigan Börk

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Ph.D. in Ecology (Conservation Biology), UC Davis
J.D., Stanford Law School
B.A. in Environmental Policy and B.S. in Biology, University of Kansas


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Professor Karrigan Börk joined McGeorge on Aug. 1, 2015, as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at University of the Pacific. He is currently serving as the Codirector of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of the Pacific.

His research concerns environmental law, natural resources law, international law, and administrative law, focusing on the interplay of science and law, with the goal of producing scholarship that will be useful to practicing lawyers, judges, and policy makers in the environmental field. His most recent publications explore the Anthropocene and what it may mean for environmental protection. Professor Börk previously taught Environmental Law in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Kansas and taught Testmasters LSAT courses for seven years.

Professor Börk graduated with Distinction and Pro Bono Distinction from Stanford Law School in 2009, and completed his Ph.D. dissertation in Ecology at UC Davis in September 2011. He received the Shapiro Family Award in 2011 as the Outstanding PhD Graduate in Ecology at UC Davis. He clerked for Tenth Circuit Chief Judge Mary Beck Briscoe, U.S. District Court Judge Julie Robinson, and, most recently, Judge Janice Karlin on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas. Professor Bork graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kansas in 2002, and was named a Truman Scholar in 2001 and a Switzer Fellow in 2010.

Professor Börk's publications run the gamut from the definitive text on the history and application of California Fish and Game Code Section 5937 to a hatchery and genetic management plan for a new conservation hatchery. Professor Börk is currently examining legal and ethical issues in ecological restoration, with a particular focus on the management of guest species, those invasive species that managers invite in and make comfortable. He is also working on a review of distinct population segment listing decisions under the Endangered Species Act, particularly with regard to steelhead populations in California.

Professor Börk teaches courses in both the law school and the College of the Pacific and integrate law students into some of his science courses (and vice versa!) in order to help students build their communication and interdisciplinary skills. He also develop law courses with significant field work, including a multi-day field trip, to explore the real-world impacts of environmental law. He is river rescue and wilderness first aid certified enjoys rowing down rivers with his family.

Courses: Environmental Law

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