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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 


Other Legal Writing
"The Three Katrinas", NATIONAL WETLANDS NEWSLETTER, July/August 2010
"Who Will Pay To Fix Louisiana?", The Nation, July 2010

“Nature or Nurture: What’s Right and What’s Wrong with Adaptive Management,” Environmental Law Reporter, October 2009.

The Scientists Speak: Gaming the Louisiana Coast, NATIONAL WETLANDS NEWSLETTER, Sept.-Oct. 2007
"Wrtten on the Water", 21 TUL. ENVTL. L. J. 101 (2007)
“Beauty and the Beast Within: On the Special Nature of Natural World Law,” 82 WASH. L. REVIEW 611 (2007)
“You Can’t Have Your Wetlands and Eat’em Too,” in “After the Storm:  Restoring America’s Gulf Coast Wetlands,” ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REPORTER, Spring 2006.
“Recovering from Katrina and Rita:  Environmental Governance Lessons Learned and Applied” (co-author), ENVIRONMENTAL LAW INSTITUTE, February 2006.
“The U.S. House of Representatives’ Task Force on NEPA:  The Professors Speak,” ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REPORTER, December 2005.
“Thinking About Tomorrow:  Cuba’s ‘Alternative Model’ for Sustainable Development,” TULANE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW JOURNAL, Summer 2003.
The Tulane Recycling Project, Phase 2: Closing the Loop (co-authored), TUL. UNIV. (2002)
Damage Control: A Field Guide to Important Euphamisms in Environmental Law, 15 TUL. ENVTL. L. J. 129 (2001)
Cuba's New Law of the Envrionment: An Introduction, TUL. INST. ENVTL L. AND POL. (1999)
In Reality, It May Take Surgery, 12 ENVTL. F. 42 (1995)
Coming to Grips with BioDiversity, 8 TUL. ENVTL L.J. 1 (1994)
Laws Need to Ask the Right Questions, 11 ENVTL. F. 6 (1994)
Peer Review (co-authored), TONGASS NAT'L FOREST LAND MANAGEMENT PLAN (1994)
The Role of Technology in Marine Habitat Restoration and Enhancement (multiple-authored), NAT'L RESEARCH COUNCIL, NAT'L ACADEMY OF SCIENCE (1994)

“The Tulane Environmental Project, Phase 2: Procurement,” Tulane University, May 1992 (co-authored).

An Open Letter to EPA Administrator William K. Reilly, NAT'L WETLANDS NEWSLETTER (July/August) (1991)
The Tulane Recycling Project, Phase 1: A Proposal (co-authored), TUL. UNIV. (1991)
Legal Options to Address the Importation of Hazardous and Solid Waste into Louisiana (co-authored), LOUISIANA DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY (1990)
A Report on Legal Options to Address the Importation of Hazardous and Solid Waste into Louisiana, REPORT TO THE LOUISIANA DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY (co-authored) (1990)

More Net Loss of Wetlands:  The Army-EPA Agreement on Mitigation,” Environmental Law Reporter, June, 1990.

The Silent War, GAMBIT MAGAZINE (1982)
Right-to-Know Legislation - 1985, Louisiana Legislative Research Projects Program

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