Areas of Specialty Environmental Law, Land Use Law, Preservation and Cultural Resource Management Law, Dispute Resolution
Rachael Rawlins received her Bachelor of Art's degree with distinction in general scholarship at UC Berkeley, her Master's in City and Regional Planning from UNC Chapel Hill, and her law degree with honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Rawlins teaches inter-disciplinary law and planning classes and has been teaching at the University of Texas since 1996. Ms. Rawlins has also practiced both law and planning, working with neighborhood planning coalitions, non-profit environmental groups, private law firms, and local and state government. Ms. Rawlins is a member of the State Bar in Texas and California, and is active in public service. She has served as a planning commissioner for the City of Austin, and has most recently been involved in a national campaign to reduce toxins in consumer products.
Ms. Rawlins’ recent publications include: "Planning for Fracking on the Barnett Shale: Urban Air Pollution, Improving Health Based Regulation, and The Role of Local Governments," (forthcoming in University of Virginia Environmental Law Journal), "Restructuring Regulatory Review of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals under California's Proposition 65, Lessons from the Review of BPA" (forthcoming in NYU Annual Survey of American Law), "Sustainable Buildings and Communities: Climate Change and the Case for Federal Standards," 19 Cornell J. L. & Pub. Pol’y 335 (2010), "Teething on Toxics: In Search of Regulatory Solutions for Toys and Cosmetics," 20 Fordham Envtl. Law Rev. 1 (2009), "Institutionalizing the Mitigated FONSI: A Precautionary Tale," 37 ELR 10675 (2007).