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J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law
B.A., Miami University
A native of Wisconsin, Jerome M. Organ graduated magna cum laude from Miami University and attended Vanderbilt University School of Law as a Patrick Wilson Scholar. At Vanderbilt, Organ served as an editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif. After clerking for Justice William G. Callow of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Organ entered private practice with Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee. Organ practiced law for five years, predominantly in the environmental law area.
In 1991, Organ left Foley & Lardner to join the faculty of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. Organ has taught property, environmental law, regulation of hazardous substances, land use controls, and client interviewing and counseling. He has earned a reputation as a gifted classroom teacher who cares deeply about his students.
Organ believes profoundly in the importance of integrating the perspective of lawyer as problem-solver into all the substantive courses he teaches. Organ participated actively in the integrated first-year dispute resolution program at Missouri . In addition, Organ is coauthor of Property and Lawyering, a casebook for first year property that integrates lawyering skills and dispute resolution materials. This text and course received the 2003 CPR Institute of Dispute Resolution Award for Problem-Solving in the Law School.
Organ's scholarship has focused primarily on environmental law and, in particular, on developing more efficient means of resolving environmental disputes. His scholarship also addresses environmental federalism -- that is, the balance of authority in environmental matters as between the federal government and state governments. More recently, he has begun to write about the culture of law schools. He will be presenting on the topic of living with purpose at the AALS annual meeting in January 2006.
A strong believer in pro bono activities, Organ has invested hundreds of hours in a variety of social justice activities, from providing legal services to people who lack the financial resources to gain access to the legal system to serving as a member of the board of the Central Missouri Food Bank and St. Stephens Human Services.
Property and Lawyering, with Jimmy Winokur & Wilson Freyermuth, (West 2002).
Vocation, Catholic Social Thought and the Culture of Law School, 1 Journal of Catholic Social Thought XX (2004).
A Vocation Based System of Ethics for Law Students, South Texas Law Review, (2004).
Environmental Federalism Part II: The Impact of Harmon, Smithfield and CLEAN on Overfiling Under RCRA, the CWA and the CAA, 30 Environmental Law Reporter 10732 (September 2000).
Environmental Federalism Part I: The History of Overfiling Under RCRA, The CWA and the CAA Prior to Harmon, Smithfield and CLEAN, 30 Environmental Law Reporter 10615 (August 2000).
Controlling Externalities Associated with Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: Evaluating the Impact of H.B. 1207 and the Continuing Viability of Zoning and the Common Law of Nuisance, with Kristin M. Perry, 3 Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review 183 (1996).
Advice for Owners of Contaminated Land After Meghrig v. KFC Western, Inc., 26 Environmental Law Reporter 10582 (Nov. 1996).
Understanding State and Federal Property Rights Legislation, 48 Oklahoma Law Review 191 (1995), reprinted in Environment, Property, and the Law, edited by Ronald L. Rosenberg, (Garland Publishing 1998).
Limitations on State Agency Authority to Adopt Environmental Standards More Stringent than Federal Standards: Policy Considerations and Interpretational Problems, 54 Maryland Law Review 1373 (1995) (Symposium on Environmental Federalism).
Superfund and the Settlement Decision: Reflections on the Relationship Between Equity and Efficiency, 62 George Washington Law Review 301 (1994).