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 at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to engaging full time in teaching and scholarship, Ms. Rawlins practiced both law and planning, served as a Planning Commissioner, and worked with neighborhood planning coalitions, non-profit environmental groups, private law firms, and local and state government. Ms. Rawlins received her Bachelor of Arts 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 received the University of Texas, School of Architecture Outstanding Scholar Award (2013-2014), and was selected as winner of the university wide competition for the 2014 University Co-OP Robert W. Hamilton Best Research Paper Award.
Ms. Rawlins’ publications include: Planning for Fracking on the Barnett Shale: Soil and Water Contamination Concerns, and the Role of Local Government, 44 Envtl. L. 135 (2014), Planning for Fracking on the Barnett Shale: Urban Air Pollution, Improving Health Based Regulation, and The Role of Local Governments, 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, 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, 37 ELR 10675 (2007).