Duquesne University School of Law

Nancy D. Perkins, J.D.

Duquesne University Noble J. Dick Endowed Chair in Academic Leadership and Professor of Law

Office: Hanley Hall 331

Phone Number: 412.396.6285

E-Mail Address: perkins@duq.edu

Education: J.D., Nova Southeastern Law Center, 1986
B.A., Music, Mount Holyoke College, 1975

Professor Nancy D. Perkins has served Duquesne University School of Law for more than more than 20 years. After teaching at Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law Center as a legal writing professor, Perkins joined Duquesne University School of Law in 1993 and began researching and teaching in the areas of property and environmental law. Her scholarship explores the intersection of the two, with a special focus on sustainability, equity, and feminism.  She is an academic advisor to students pursuing the school’s energy and environmental law concentration. Her previous professional roles include serving on the executive committee of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Citizens Advisory Council. From 2009 to 2014, Perkins played a key administrative role as the School of Law’s associate dean of academic affairs. In 2015, Duquesne University installed Perkins as the Noble J. Dick Endowed Chair in Academic Leadership. In 2016 she assumed the role of interim dean of the School of Law. Perkins is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and a magna cum laude graduate of Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law Center, where she was an associate articles editor of the Law Review.

Property

Environmental Law

Pennsylvania Environmental Law and Administrative Process

Environmental Justice Seminar

 

January 28, 2012: Speaker, Nineteenth Annual CLE Conference/Update for Feminist Law Professors. Speech Topic: Marcellus Shale Development and Threats to Local Autonomy

April 2, 2009: Speaker and Panel Coordinator, Environmental Justice: The Power of Partnerships in Collaborative Problem-Solving, sponsored by Duquesne University Center for the Study of Catholic Social Thought, Center for Environmental Research and Education, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, and School of Law. Speech Topic: The Special Case of Brownfield Development

September 6, 2008: Speaker, Duquesne University School of Law CLE Series. Speech Topic: The Clash (or not) of the Titans: Navigating the Convergence of Environmental Regulation and Land Use Law

November 16, 2006: Speaker, Smart Brownfields Redevelopment in the 21st Century, sponsored by Boston College Law School Environmental Affairs Law Review and Environmental Law Society. Speech Topic: Environmental Justice: Comparison of Two Remediation/Clean-up Sites in Western Pennsylvania

August 3, 2006 - Speaker and Panelist, Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) Conference on the Environment. Speech Topic: Sustainability's Lessons for Environmental Justice

February, 2003 - Guest Speaker, Tenth Annual Women's Law Conference, Temple University Law School. Speech Topic: A Feminist Critique of the Land Use-Environmental Law Distinction

October, 2002 - Moderator, Allegheny County Bar Association Environmental Law Section, Continuing Legal Education Program, The Future of Environmental Law

September, 2000 - Faculty Respondent, Henderson Ethics Lecture, Duquesne University School of Law. Speech Topic: Law as Madness, Law as Art: An Ethical and Aesthetic Reflection on Paul F. Campos' Jurismania

May, 1999 - Guest speaker, Attorneys' Program at National Notary Association Convention, Denver, Colorado. Speech Topic: Attorney Ethics and Notarial Acts

May, 1998 - Guest speaker, Attorneys' Program at National Notary Association Convention, Washington, D.C. Speech Topic: Attorney Ethics and Notarial Acts

April, 1998 - Guest speaker, Duquesne University School of Law Alumni Reunion Continuing Legal Education Program, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Speech Topic: Attorney Ethics and Notary Practice

June, 1997 - Guest speaker, Attorney's Program at National Notary Association Convention, Newport Beach, California. Speech Topic: Attorney Ethics and Notarial Acts

April, 1997 - Guest speaker, Duquesne University School of Law Environmental Law Society Speaker's Forum. Speech Topic: Current Trends in International Environmental Law

July, 1996 - Guest speaker, American Society of Notaries Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, Speech Topic: Vicarious Liability of Employers - What is It?

May, 1996 - Guest speaker, Attorney's Program at National Notary Association Convention, Orlando, Florida. Speech Topic: Notary Services and Ethical Concerns for Lawyers

July, 1995 - Guest speaker, Duquesne University School of Law Continuing Legal Education Program, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Speech Topic: A General Practitioner's Guide to Selected Issues in Environmental Law

Book Chapters

Sustainability's Lessons for Environmental Justice, in ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING & ECONOMICS 233-50 (Michael Theophanides & Theophile Theophanides eds., Athens Institute for Education and Research 2006)

Michael L. Closen, Glen-Peter Ahlers, Robert M. Jarvis, Malcolm L. Morris & Nancy P. Spyke, NOTARY LAW AND PRACTICE: CASES AND MATERIALS (1997); contributions include

Employer Accountability for Notary-Employees (Chapter 10)

Notary Services and Ethical Concerns for Lawyers (Chapter 11)

Attorney Liability for Notary Misconduct (Chapter 12) 

Publications in Refereed Law Journals

The Joint Work Dilemma: The Separately Copyrightable Contribution Requirement and Co-Ownership Principles, 40 J. COPYRIGHT SOC-Y OF AM. 463 (1993)

Publications in Non-Refereed Law Journals

Foreword, 13 DUQ. BUS. L. J. 151 (2011)

Form and Norm: The Transformative Potential of Sub-National Environmental Solidarity, 20 FORDHAM ENVTL. L. REV. 469 (2010)

Principled Preemption in an Age of Interest Convergence: Preserving the Distinction between Pennsylvania's Environmental Regulation and Local Land Use Regulation, 47 DUQ. L. REV. 27 (2009)

Livability, Regional Equity, and Capability: Closing in on Sustainable Land Use, 37 U. BALT. L. REV. 157 (2008)

A Tale of Two Brownfield Sites: Making the Best of Times from the Worst of Times in Western Pennsylvania's Steel Valley, 34 B.C. ENVTL. AFF. L. REV. 503 (2007)

The Instrumental Value of Beauty in the Pursuit of Justice, 40 U. S.F. L. REV. 451 (2006)

Heeding the Call: Making Sustainability a Matter of Pennsylvania Law, 109 PA. ST. L. REV. 729 (2005)

What's Land Got to Do with It?: Rhetoric and Indeterminacy in Land's Favored Legal Status, 52 BUFF. L. REV. 387 (2004)

The Land Use - Environmental Law Distinction: A Geo-Feminist Critique, 13 DUKE ENVTL. L. & POL-Y F. 55 (2002)

Charm in the City: Thoughts on Urban Ecosystem Management, 16 J. LAND USE & ENVTL. L. 153 (2001)

Public Participation in Environmental Decisionmaking at the Millennium: Structuring New Spheres of Public Influence, 26 B.C. ENVTL. AFF. L. REV. 263 (1999)

Promoting the Intermediate Benefits of Strict Notary Regulation, 31 J. MARSHALL L. REV. 819 (1998)

Taking Note of Notary Employees: Employer Liability for Notary Employee Misconduct, 50 ME. L. REV.24 (1998)

The Promotion and Preservation of Culture as Part of Environmental Policy, 20 WM. & MARY ENVTL. L. & POL-Y REV. 243 (1996)

From War Strategy to Waste Strategy: The Validity of Government CERCLA Liability for War Production Site Clean Ups, 4 N.Y.U. ENVTL. L. J. 263 (1995)

Making Sense Out of Secondary Sources in Environmental Law: A Research Primer, 25 ENVTL. L. 93 (1995)

Florida's Constitutional Mandate Restrictions, 18 NOVA L. REV. 1403 (1994)

Art, Artifacts & Historic Preservation, FLA. B. J. , Dec. 1990, at 50

Constitutional Considerations Pertaining to Florida's Citrus Freeze Embargo, 9 NOVA L. REV. 115 (1984)

Miscellaneous Publications

Brownfield Redevelopment and Sustainability, JURIS, Spring 2007, at 21

Kathi Beratan, Shirley Loveless, Paula Martin, Stan Kabala & Nancy Spyke, THE STATE OF THE COMMONWEALTH: IS PENNSYLVANIA MOVING TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE?, a Report Submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection by the Sustainable Pennsylvania Program of the Pennsylvania Consortium for Interdisciplinary Environmental Policy (2004); contributions include general editing of the report and text dealing with Pennsylvania's economy, suggested sustainability indicators, and recommendations for future work

Note: Several of the publications listed above appear under the name Nancy Perkins Spyke or Nancy P. Spyke. My name was changed in the spring of 2007 to Nancy D. Perkins

Noble J. Dick Endowed Chair in Academic Leadership, 2015