Sean Kammer

Sean Kammer

Associate Professor


School of Law

Phone: (605) 677-5362



Professor Sean M. Kammer is an associate professor of law. Prior to joining the USD Law faculty, he taught natural resources law courses at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon and legal history at the University of Nebraska. A graduate of Duke Law School, Professor Kammer also recently earned his doctor of philosophy in history from the University of Nebraska.

Teaching Interests:

Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Minerals and Energy Legal History Advanced Legal Writing Foundations of Law


  • Ph D, History, University of Nebraska, 2015
  • JD, Duke University School of Law, 2004
  • BA, History, University of Wyoming, 2000


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Kammer, Sean. Reserving a Place for Nature on Spaceship Earth: Rethinking the Role of Conservation Easements. Vol. 86. Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, 2018.
  • Kammer, Sean. No-Analogue Future: Challenges for the Laws of Nature in a World without Precedent. Vol. 42. Vermont Law Review, 2017.
  • Kammer, Sean. Railroad Land Grants in an Incongruous Legal System: Corporate Subsidies, Bureaucratic Governance, and Legal Conflict, 1850-1903. Vol. 35. Law and History Review, 2017.
  • Kammer, Sean, and Hoffman, Ashley K.. Smoking Out Forest Fire Management: Lifting the Haze of an Unaccountable Congress and Lighting up a New Law of Fire. Vol. 60. South Dakota Law Review, 2015.
  • Kammer, Sean. "No Trespassing": Railroad Land Grants, the Right of Exclusion, and the Origins of Federal Forest Conservation. Vol. 90. North Dakota Law Review, 2014.
  • Kammer, Sean. Coming to Terms with Wilderness: The Wilderness Act and the Problem of Wildlife Restoration, 83-124. Vol. 43, Iss. 1. Portland, OR: Environmental Law, 2013.
  • Kammer, Sean. Public Opinion is More than Law: Popular Sovereignty and Vigilantism in the Nebraska Territory, 309-324. Vol. 31, Iss. 4. Lincoln, NE: Great Plains Quarterly, 2011.
  • Kammer, Sean. The Railroads Must Have Ties: A Legal History of Forest Conservation and the Oregon & California Railroad Land Grant, 1887-1916. Vol. 23, Iss. 1. Western Legal History, 2010.


  • Kammer, Sean. You Don't Buy or Sell that Kind of Place: Crater Lake National Park, Indian Treaty Rights, and Wilderness as Contested Ground. Presented at the Western History Association's 52nd Annual Conference, Denver, CO. (October 6, 2012)
  • Kammer, Sean. Friend or Foe of the Forest: The Southern Pacific Railroad and Federal Land Management in Oregon, 1887-1916. Presented at the Western History Association's 50th Annual Conference, Lake Tahoe, NV. (October 2010)
  • Kammer, Sean. Squatter Sovereignty, 'Self-Made Men,' and the Nebraska Frontier. Presented at the The Thirty-First Mid-America Conference on History, Norman, OK. (October 2009)