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Krakoff, Sarah



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  • Professor Krakoff's research in American Indian law focuses on the interaction between federal law and the development of tribal sovereignty from within tribal communities. Several recent articles focus on the political nature of race and tribal membership, studying the evolution of tribal cultural and legal identity over time. Professor Krakoff also writes about evolving environmental ethics, and how they shape community and individual action in contexts ranging from climate change to outdoor recreation. Her articles have been published in top journals including Stanford Law Review, California Law Review, and Columbia Law Review, and her work has been cited by federal courts.


  • American Indian law and sovereignty, climate change adaptation and localism, environmental justice, natural resources, public lands and wilderness policies, environmental ethics and law, legal education, race and equal protection


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courses taught

  • LAWS 5303 - Civil Procedure
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Studies modern practice in civil suits, including rules governing pleading, joinder of parties, discovery, jurisdiction of courts over the subject matter and parties, right to jury trial, appeals, and res judicata and collateral estoppel, with emphasis on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and their Colorado counterpart.
  • LAWS 7725 - American Indian Law I
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Investigates the federal statutory, decisional and constitutional law that bears upon American Indians, tribal governments and Indian reservation transactions.
  • LAWS 8112 - Seminar: Advanced Natural Resources Law
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Provides in-depth study and analysis of current problems in natural resources law, using historical, literary, and scientific materials. Includes field-trip, and requires additional field trip expenses. Recommended prerequisite: LAWS 6112. Department enforced prerequisites or corequisites: any two of the following: LAWS 6002 or LAWS 6112 or LAWS 6302 or LAWS 7725. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • LAWS 8312 - Seminar: The Law of the Colorado River
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Addresses the many areas of law and policy that affect management of the Colorado River and the communities that depend on it. The seminar will also include material and presentations from experts in other disciplines, including conservation biology, climate science, anthropology, geology, and hydrology. The centerpiece of the class will be a two-week raft trip through the Grand Canyon.


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