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Troy Rule

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Professor of Law
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9520
Senior Sustainability Scholar
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9520
Biography

Professor Rule is the Joseph Feller Memorial Chair in Law and Sustainability, the director of the Law and Sustainability Program, and faculty fellow in the Center for Law, Science, and Innovation. He teaches property, secured transactions and energy law and policy. 

Prior to entering academia, Professor Rule was an attorney at K&L Gates LLP in Seattle, where his practice focused primarily on commercial real estate transactions and wind energy development. His research focuses mainly on emerging property law issues involving wind energy, solar energy, domestic drones and other technologies. Professor Rule is the author of "Solar, Wind and Land: Conflicts in Renewable Energy Development" (Routledge-Earthscan, 2014). In recent years, he has worked on renewable energy policy research projects funded under the U.S. Departmento of Energy and U.S. Department of Defense.

Professor Rule has also received multiple reseach and teaching awards, and his op-eds on legal and policy issues have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, and other newspapers across the country.  

He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served on the Chicago Journal of International Law and was a John M. Olin Student Fellow in Law and Economics.

 

Education
  • J.D. (with honors), University of Chicago Law School 2005
  • B.S. Economics, Brigham Young University 2001
     
Research Interests

Property, renewable energy, land use, wind energy, solar energy, drones

Publications

Books:

Solar, Wind, and Land:  Conflicts in Renewable Energy Development (Routledge-Earthscan, 2014)

Major Academic Articles:

Drone Zoning, 95 N.C. L. Rev. 133 (2016)

Airspace in an Age of Drones, 95 B.U. L. Rev. 155 (2015).

Property Rights and Modern Energy, 20 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 803 (2013) (AALS panel issue)

Airspace and the Takings Clause, 90 Wash. U. L. Rev. 421 (2012).

Airspace in a Green Economy, 59 UCLA L. Rev. 270 (2011). Shadows on the Cathedral: Solar Access Laws in a Different Light, 2010 U. Ill. L. Rev. 851 (2010).

Renewable Energy and the Neighbors, 2010 Utah L. Rev. 1223 (2010)

Shadows on the Cathedral:  Solar Access Laws in a Different Light, 2010 U. Ill. L. Rev. 851 (2010)

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 523Property
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 523Property
LAW 781Independent Study
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 494Special Topics
LAW 523Property
LAW 691Seminar
LAW 791Seminar
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 622Secured Transactions
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 494Special Topics
LAW 523Property
LAW 691Seminar
LAW 791Seminar
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 622Secured Transactions
LAW 691Seminar
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 523Property
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 523Property
LAW 622Secured Transactions
LAW 791Seminar
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 691Seminar