Griggs, Burke W.

Author Description

Burke Griggs joined the Washburn law faculty in 2016. He teaches property law and natural resources. His research agenda follows three interwoven lines of inquiry: the history of property rights regimes in natural resources; the geophysical aspects of natural resources and how they respond to different forms of ownership, exploitation, and regulation; and the diverse political cultures of the owners and communities which compete for and contest the use of these resources. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Griggs practiced water law in both the public and private sectors. As an assistant attorney general, he represented the State of Kansas in federal and interstate water matters, most prominently Kansas v. Nebraska, an original action to enforce the Republican River Compact against the State of Nebraska. Professor Griggs also served as lead counsel for Kansas in the negotiations over the Kickapoo Tribe reserved water rights settlement. Outside of the litigation arena, Professor Griggs has advised Kansas’ natural resources agencies on matters of natural resources law and policy. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Professor Griggs served as a Consulting Professor at the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University. He was subsequently named a Nonresident Fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment, also at Stanford, and an affiliated scholar at the Lane Center, where he contributes to their joint Water in the West Project. Professor Griggs is Associate Director of the Oil and Gas Law Center. He also participates in the Agricultural Law Program and the Rural Law Practice Initiative.

Authored Reports

Republican River Compact: Federalism, the Compact, and the Serial Crises of State Water Law,Interstate Water Litigation in the West: A Fifty-Year Retrospective,Ogallala Aquifer Depletion: Current Government Incentives Promote Depletion / New Policies Prop