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Rachael Rawlins

  • Senior Lecturer (School of Architecture)


  • JD University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Specialty Environmental Law, Land Use Planning Law, Preservation and Cultural Resource Management Law, Dispute Resolution

Rachael Rawlins teaches inter-disciplinary law and planning classes and has been teaching at the University of Texas since 1996. Ms. Rawlins received the University of Texas, School of Architecture Outstanding Scholar Award (2013-2014), and the 2014 University Co-OP Robert W. Hamilton Best Research Paper Award. Ms. Rawlins has practiced both law and planning, served as a Planning Commissioner, worked with neighborhood planning coalitions, non-profit environmental groups, private law firms, and local and state government. Ms. 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’ publications include: Planning for Fracking on the Barnett Shale: Soil and Water Contamination Concerns, and the Role of Local Government, 44 Environmental Law 135 (2014), Planning for Fracking on the Barnett Shale: Urban Air Pollution, Improving Health Based Regulation, and The Role of Local Governments, Virginia Environmental Law Journal, 31 Va. Envtl. L.J. 226 (2013), Restructuring Regulatory Review of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals under California's Proposition 65, Lessons from the Review of BPA, New York University Annual Survey of American Law, 68 N.Y.U. Ann. Surv. Am. L. 185 (2012), 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, Environmental Law Reporter, 37 ELR 10675 (2007).

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Rachael Rawlins

Office: GOL 2.308
The University of Texas at Austin
727 E Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705

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