Catherine O'Neill

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Biography

Catherine’s (she/her) work focuses on issues of environmental law and policy, particularly as they affect American Indian tribes’ rights. She has taught at the University of Washington, the University of Arizona, and Seattle University, where she was a Professor of Law and a Faculty Fellow with the Center for Indian Law & Policy. Her courses include Property, Natural Resources, Environmental Law, Environmental Justice, Indian Law & Natural Resources, and Advanced Indian Law in Practice: Restoration of the Elwha River.
 

Catherine has served as an external advisor or consultant to numerous tribes and intertribal organizations, the National Tribal Toxics Council, and the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). She recently worked as a Habitat Policy Analyst for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. Catherine is a co-author of the textbook ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: LAW, POLICY & REGULATION (3rd ed., 2020), and the author of numerous articles and book chapters, including Exposed: Asking the Wrong Question in Risk Regulation (Arizona State Law Journal, 2016); Fishable Waters (American Indian Law Journal, 2013); No Mud Pies: Risk Avoidance as Risk Regulation (Vermont Law Review, 2007); and Mercury, Risk, and Justice (Environmental Law Reporter, 2004). She was a Ford Foundation Fellow at Harvard Law School, and earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago School of Law.