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Oliver A. Houck

Professor of Law
BA, 1960, Harvard University; JD, 1967, Georgetown University

E-mail:  ohouck@tulane.edu
Telephone:  504.865.5946
Office:  Weinmann Hall, Room 255-C



Professor Houck's interests are in environmental, natural resources, and criminal law. He has served as a federal prosecutor in Washington, DC and, subsequently, as General Counsel and Vice-President of the National Wildlife Federation. He has recently served on the Boards of Directors of the Defenders of Wildlife and the Environmental Law Institute, the Litigation Review Board of the Environmental Defense Fund, and two committees of the National Science Foundation. Professor Houck is active in legal proceedings involving wildlife, biological diversity, coastal, and water pollution control problems, and publishes regularly on these and related issues. He consulted on the development of environmental law in Cuba and other Latin American countries.  His classes emphasize relationships between ecology and law, and he regularly takes students on field trips into coastal ecosystems, the Pearl and Atchafalaya swamps, and other natural areas. He has received awards as Louisiana's Conservationist of the Year, Gambit magazine's New Orleanian of the Year, and the New Orleans Young Leadership Council's Role Model of the Year, as well as the Law School's Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teacher. In 2000 and 2002, he was named a recipient of the Sumter Marks Award for his recent publications. Professor Houck was honored by Tulane University at the 2002 unified graduation ceremony when he was awarded the Graduate Teaching Award.  In 2005, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Environmental Section of the American Bar Association

Professor Houck's CV 

Fall 2014 - Energy & Environment LLM Seminar; Environmental Law: Comparative

Spring 2015 - Environmental Law: Natural Resources; Environmental Law: Coastal & Wetlands Seminar 


Book Reviews

“The Price of Gold: Who Owns Whom?,” THE ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM, November/December 2013

Welcome to the Anthropocene: The Future of Environmental Law and Policy, THE ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM, July/August 2012

Book Review, "1493," THE ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM, March/April 2012

Book Review, "Oil Over Again," THE ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM, July 2010

“The Teapot Dome Scandal,” The Environmental Forum, November 2009.

“Rules Of The Road”, The Environmental Forum, August 2009.

Salmon Wars,” The Environmental Forum, March 2009.

Crossing Over,The Environmental Forum, January 2009.

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, 25 ENVTL. F. 6 (2008)
Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility, 38 ENVTL. L. 627 (2008)
Mother Earth and Uncle Sam: How Pollution and Hollow Government Hurt Our Kids, 25 ENVTL. F. 6 (2008)
The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing From Crisis To Sustainability, 25 ENVTL. F. 6 (2008)
Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast, 24 ENVTL F. 28 (2007)
The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise, 24 ENVTL. F. 28 (2007)
The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed, 24 ENVTL. F. 6 (2007)
Book Review, “The Worst Hard Time,” ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FORUM, Summer 2007.
Book Review, “The Uncontrol of Nature:  Michael Grunwald’s The Swamp and Michael Tidwell’s Bayou Farewell,” ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FORUM, Spring 2007.
Book Review, “Babbit’s Goodly Archipelago, A Review of Cities in the
Wilderness:  A New Vision of Land Use in America,”
Cities in the Wilderness: A New Vision of Land Use in America, 23 ENVTL. F. 4 (2006)
Is that All? A Review of The National Environmental Policy Act, An Agenda for the Future, by Lynton K. Caldwell, 11 Duke Envtl. L. & Pol'y F.173 (2000)
Risk Management: Gone Too Far? A Review of BREAKING THE VICIOUS CIRCLE, by Stephen Breyer, 11 ENVTL. FORUM 8 (March/April) (1994)
The Second Battle of New Orleans: A History of the Vieux Carré Riverfront- Expressway Controversy, by Richard O. Baumbach, Jr. and William E. Borah, 57 Tul. L. Rev. 431 (1982)

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