McGeorge School of Law

Karrigan Börk

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Karrigan Börk
Email: kbork@PACIFIC.EDU

PhD in Ecology (Conservation Biology), UC Davis
JD, Stanford Law School
BA in Environmental Policy and BS in Biology, University of Kansas


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 PhD 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.


Environmental Law

Scholarship/Professional Activities

Rachael Salcido & Karrigan Bork, Ditching Our Innocence: The Clean Water Act in the Age of the Anthropocene, 46 Envtl. L. 415 (2016).

Karrigan Bork, Guest Species: Rethinking Our Approach to Biodiversity in the Anthropocene, forthcoming in Utah. L. Rev. (2017).

Karrigan Bork & Rachael Salcido, Through the Looking Glass: Using International Trade Agreements to Enforce U.S. Environmental Law, forthcoming in Nat. Res. & Envt. (2017).

Karrigan Bork, Community-based Biomonitoring: An Antidote to Insufficient Governmental Water Quality Monitoring and Enforcement, in From Extraction to Emancipation: Development Reimagined (Raquel Aldana & Steven Bender, ed., 2018).

Karrigan Börk, Joe Krovoza, Jacob Katz & Peter Moyle, The Rebirth of Cal. Fish & Game Code 5937: Water for Fish, 45 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 809 (2012).

Karrigan Börk, Note, Listed Species Reintroductions on Private Land - Limiting Landowner Liability under the Endangered Species Act, 30 Stan. Env'tl. L. J. 177 (2011). 

Additional Publications

Katharine Tomalty, Molly Stephens, Melinda Baerwald, Karrigan Börk, Mariah Meek & Bernie May. Examining the causes and consequences of hybridization during Chinook salmon reintroductions: using the San Joaquin River as a restoration case study of management options. 12 SAN FRANCISCO ESTUARY AND WATERSHED SCI. 2 (2014). 

Karrigan Börk, "The Wilderness and the Dry Land Will Be Glad; and the Desert Will Rejoice and Blossom Like a Rose," Origins of the Bureau of Reclamation, 50 J. OF THE WEST 60 (2012). 

Melinda Baerwald, Molly Stephens, Karrigan Börk, Mariah Meek, Kat Tomalty & Bernie May, SPRING-RUN CHINOOK SALMON GENETIC MANAGEMENT PLAN - SAN JOAQUIN RIVER RESTORATION PROGRAM, Cal. Dept. of Fish & Game (2011). 


Karrigan Börk, Andrea Drauch, Josh Israel, Bernie May, John Pedroia & Jeff Rodzen, Development of new microsatellite DNA primers for green and white sturgeon, 9 CONS. GEN. 973 (2008). 

Karrigan Börk, Lunar phobia in the greater fishing bat, Noctilio leporinus (Chiroptera: Noctilionidae), 54 J. OF TROP. BIOL. 1117 (2006). 

David Stockwell, Stephen Shaner, D. Jean Tate, Karrigan Börk & Sean Dougherty, Integrating Transportation Network Data into Predictive Models for Invasive Species, Trans. Research Board 85th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers (2006). 

Karrigan Börk, National Ag Center Aids Compliance: EPA Center Demystifies Environmental Issues, 193 AGRICHEMICAL & ENVTL. NEWS 1 (2002). 

Karrigan Börk, FLOODPLAIN AND INSTREAM MINING, Trout Unlimited (1999).


Karrigan Börk, keynote address, Honors Commencement, University of Kansas (May 2013).

Mariah Meek, Melinda Baerwald, Molly Stephens, Kat Tomalty, Karrigan Börk & Bernie May, oral presentation, The Role of Genetic Management in Species Reintroductions: Lessons Learned from Chinook Salmon in the San Joaquin River, California, North American Congress for Conservation Biology (July 2012).

Karrigan Börk, keynote address, University Scholars Banquet, University of Kansas (Jan. 2012).

Karrigan Börk, invited panelist, The Public Trust Doctrine: 30 Years Later, U.C. Davis Law Review Symposium (Mar. 2011).

Karrigan Börk, invited guest lecture, Administrative Law and Listing Decisions, Conservation Biology graduate class, UC Davis (Jan. 2011).

Mariah Meek, Karrigan Börk, Melinda Baerwald, Molly Stephens, Kat Tomalty & Bernie May, oral presentation, Hatchery and Genetic Management of Salmon Re-Introduction in the San Joaquin River, CA, American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting (Sept. 2011).

Karrigan Börk, poster presentation, Protecting Genetic Diversity, EPA STAR Fellowship Conference (Sept. 2006).

Karrigan Börk, poster presentation, Lunar Phobia in the Greater Fishing Bat, Noctilio leporinus, 5th Annual Undergraduate Honors Research Symposium, University of Kansas (May 2002).