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Sean Kammer

Sean Kammer



School of Law 215

Phone: (605) 658-3518



Dr. Sean M. Kammer is a 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 earned his doctor of philosophy in history from the University of Nebraska.

Teaching Interests:

Natural Resources Law<br>Environmental Law<br>Torts <br>Minerals and Energy<br>Legal History<br>Advanced Legal Writing<br>Foundations of Law

Research Interests:

Public Lands<br>Wilderness<br>Legal Profession<br>Legal History


  • 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. Sarah E. Christopherson, Reserving a Place for Nature on Spaceship Earth: Rethinking the Role of Conservation Easements, 43 Columbia J. Envt'l. L. 1 (2018)..
  • Kammer, Sean. Whether or Not Special Expertise is Needed: Anti-Intellectualism, the Supreme Court, and the Legitimacy of Law, 63 S.D. L. Rev. 287 (2018)..
  • Kammer, Sean. Book Review, Middle West Rev., Spring 2017, at 97 (reviewing R. Alton Lee, Sunflower Justice: A New History of the Kansas Supreme Court (2014))..
  • Kammer, Sean. No-Analogue Future: Challenges for the Laws of Nature in a World Without Precedent, 42 Vt. L. Rev. 227 (2017)..
  • Kammer, Sean. Railroad Land Grants in an Incongruous Legal System: Corporate Subsidies, Bureaucratic Governance, and Legal Conflict in the United States, 1850-1903, 35 L. & Hist. Rev. 391 (2017)..
  • Kammer, Sean. Ashley K. Hoffman, Smoking Out Forest Fire Management: Lifting the Haze of an Unaccountable Congress and Lighting Up a New Law of Fire, 60 S.D. L. Rev. 41 (2015)..
  • Kammer, Sean. "No Trespassing": Railroad Land Grants, the Right of Exclusion, and the Origins of Federal Forest Conservation, 90 N.D. L. Rev. 87 (2014)..
  • Kammer, Sean. Book Review, 73 Annals of Iowa 385 (2014) (reviewing Larry Haeg, Harriman vs. Hill: Wall Street's Great Railroad War (2013))..
  • Kammer, Sean. Book Review, 36 Kan. Hist. 137 (2013) (reviewing John N. Mack, Bucking the Railroads on the Kansas Frontier: The Struggle Over Land Claims by Homesteading Civil War Veterans, 1867-1876 (2013))..
  • Kammer, Sean. Coming to Terms with Wilderness: The Wilderness Act and the Problem of Wildlife Restoration, 43 Envt'l L. 83 (2013)..
  • Kammer, Sean. Public Opinion is More than Law: Popular Sovereignty and Vigilantism in the Nebraska Territory, 31 Great Plains Q. 309 (2011)..
  • Kammer, Sean. The Railroads Must Have Ties: A Legal History of Forest Conservation and the Oregon & California Railroad Land Grant, 1887-1916, 23 Western Legal Hist. 1 (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)