Stephen M. Johnson
Professor of Law 


Law Teaching Experience

Mercer University School of Law, Macon, Ga.  (1993 - present.) (Associate Dean - 2002-2012)
Subjects taught:
  • Environmental Law
  • Torts
  • Administrative Law
  • Statutory Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Visiting Professor, University of Granada, Summer 2006 (Mercer/Stetson Summer Abroad Program).
    Visiting Professor, Notre Dame Law School, Fall 2003.
    Fulbright Lecturer, Waseda University and the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, Summer 2003.
    Visiting Fellow at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, London, England - Fall 2000
    Visiting Fellow at Strathclyde University Law School, Glasgow, Scotland - Nov. 1999. 

    Prior Legal Experience

    Professional Service

    Law School Service
    • Faculty Advisor: Mercer Law Review (1995-2002);  Mercer Environmental Law Society (1993-present); Mercer Computer and Technology Law Association (2000)
    • Committees: Technology Committee (1995-present; Chair, 1995-2002); Classroom Renovation (1998-present; Chair - 1998-2010); Library Director Search (Chair - 2000); Dean Search Committee (2002-2003); Curriculum Committee (2002-present); Adjunct Teaching Committee (2002-2012); Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award Committee (2002-2012);  SACS/Assessment Committee (2002-2012); Distance Education Committee (2002-present); U.S. News Ad Hoc Committee (2002-2003; 2009); Student Affairs (1994-2000)
    • University Committees: Mercer University Environmental Committee (2007-present); Mercer University Outstanding professor selection Committee (2009-present); Mercer University Fulbright Screening Committee (2011-present); Mercer University Graduate Council (2011-2102); Mercer University Environmental Council (1994-2001); Mercer University Planning Council (2002-2003); Mercer University Technology Committee (1995-1997; 2009)

    Bar Admissions
    • Pennsylvania, New Jersey
    • D.C. Circuit, 4th Circuit
    • U.S. Supreme Court

    Publications and Electronic Teaching Tools


    Economics, Equity and the Environment, Environmental Law Institute (2004)

    Wetlands Law and Policy: Understanding Section 404, Co-Editor of Book; Author of Chapter on Individual Permits,
    ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources Law (2005).

    Toxics in Your Community, Citizens Guide to accessing public information
    on toxic and hazardous substances and hazardous waste in Georgia.

    Beyond the Usual Suspects: ACUS, Rulemaking 2.0 and a Vision for Broader, More Informed and More Transparent Rulemaking,
    forthcoming in ADMIN. L. REV. (2013).

    In Defense of the Short Cut,

    60 KAN. L. REV. 495 (2012).

    Disclosing the President's Role in Rulemaking: A Critique of the Reform Proposals,
    60 CATH. U. L. REV. 1 (2011).

    From Climate Change and Hurricanes to Ecological Nuisances: Common Law Remedies for Public Law Failures?,
    27 GA. STATE L. REV. 565 (2010).

    The Roberts Court and the Environment, 
    37 B.C. ENVTL. AFF. L. REV. 317 (2010). 

    Competition: The Next Generation of Environmental Regulation?, 
    18 S.E. ENVTL. L. REV. 1 (2009).  

    Is Religion the Environment's Last Best Hope?: Targeting Change in Individual Behavior Through Personal Norm Activation,
    24 J. ENVTL. L. & LITIG. 119 (2009).

    Ossification’s Demise? An Empirical Analysis of EPA Rulemaking from 2001-2005,
    38 ENVTL. L. 767 (2008).

    Bringing Deference Back (But for How Long?),
    57 CATH. U. L. REV. 1 (2007)

    Good Guidance, Good Grief!,
    72 MO. L. REV. 695 (2007)

    The Rulemaking Response to Rapanos,
    in The Supreme Court and the Clean Water Act: Five Essays 20 (VT. J. ENVT'L. L. 2006)

    Junking the Junk Science Law: Reforming the Information Quality Act,
    58 ADMIN. L. REV. 963 (2005)

    Ruminations on Dissemination: Limits on Administrative and Judicial Review under the Information Quality Act,
    55 CATH. U. L. REV. 343 (2005)

    Terrorism, Security and Environmental Protection,
    29 WM. & MARY ENVT'L L. REV. 107 (2004)

    Economic Instruments and Environmental Justice,
    38 COMPAR. L. REV. (2003)

    Economics v. Equity II: The European Experience,
    58 WASH. & LEE L. REV. 417 (2001)

    Federal Regulation of Isolated Wetlands after SWANCC,
    31 ENVTL. L. REP. (ENVTL. L. INST.) 10669 (June 2001)

    Private Plaintiffs, Public Rights: Article II and Environmental Citizen Suits,
    49 KAN. L. REV. 383 (2001) Using Technology to Educate the Public,
    50 J. LEGAL ED. 393 (2000) Legal Education in the Digital Age,
    2000 WIS. L. REV. 85 (2000)

    Economics v. Equity: Do Market-Based Environmental Reforms Exacerbate Environmental Injustice?,
    56 WASH. 7 LEE L. REV. 111 (1999) (Draft available online)

    The Internet Changes Everything: Revolutionizing Public Participation
    and Access to Government Information Through the Internet ,
    50 ADMIN. L. REV. 277 (1998) (Pre-print available online).

    NEPA and SEPA's in the Quest for Environmental Justice,
    30 LOY. L.A. L. REV. 565 (1997).

    The Brownfields Action Agenda: A Model for Future Federal/State
    Cooperation in the Quest for Environmental Justice?,
    37 SANTA CLARA L. REV. 85 (1996).

    U.S. v. Lopez: A Misstep, but Hardly Epochal for Federal
    Environmental Regulation, 5 N.Y.U. ENVTL. L.J. 33 (1996).

    Avoid, Minimize, Mitigate: The Continuing Constitutionality of
    Wetlands Mitigation after Dolan v. City of Tigard,
    6 FORDHAM ENVTL. L. J. 689 (1995).

    Defining the Property Interest in Wetlands Taking Analysis after
    Lucas, 14 J. ENERGY, NAT. RESOURCES & ENVTL. L. 1 (1994).

    Federal Regulation of Isolated Wetlands, 23 ENVTL. L. 1 (1993).

    From Reaction to Proaction: The 1990 Pollution Prevention Act,
    17 COLUM. J. ENVTL. L. 153 (1992).

    Recyclable Materials and RCRA's Definition of Solid Waste,
    XXI ENVTL. L. REP. (ENVTL. L. INST.) 10355 (July 1991).

    The Basel Convention: The Shape of Things to Come for U.S. Waste
    Exports?, 21 ENVTL. L. 299 (1991), reprinted in part in PERCIVAL & MILLER,

    Beyond Philadelphia v. New Jersey, 95 DICK. L. REV. 131 (1990).

    The Environmental Law Teachers' Clearinghouse - An Academic Web Portal
    JURIST, Lessons from the Web (Sept. 1999).

    Affirmative Action after Grutter and Gratz,
    6 WASEDA PROC. OF COMPAR. L. 101 (2003).

    Sifting Through the Sediment: The Supreme Court's Rapanos and Carabell Opinions,
    2006 Suppl. to WETLANDS LAW AND POLICY (ABA SEER 2005) (Co-authored with Kim D. Connolly & Mark Ryan).

    Significant Flaws: Why the Rapanos Guidance Misinterprets the Law, Fails to Protect Waters, and Provides Little Certainty,
    15 S.E. ENVTL. L. J. 431 (2007).

    Amicus Brief

    Rapanos v. United States; Carabell v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2006 U.S. S.Ct. Briefs (Lexis) 79 (Jan. 13, 2006).

    CALI Lessons
    NEPA Basics (1998)
    Wetlands Basics (1997) - winner of the Trautman competition for lesson authoring.
    Superfund Basics (1996).
    Citizen Suits under the Clean Water Act (1995).

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