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Jacqueline P.  Hand

Professor of Law

Hand, Jacqueline P.
Contact Info:
Campus: Riverfront Campus
Building: Dowling Hall
Room: 321
Phone: (313) 596-0227
Hand, Jacqueline P.
Areas of Expertise:
Environmental Law
Real Property / Estates and Trusts


  • J.D. Wayne State University '78
  • M.S.J. Northwestern University '69
  • B.A. St. Mary's College (Notre Dame) '68


Professor Hand’s current scholarship has focused on connecting her teaching and research interests in environmental, international and American Indian law. Some of her recent publications and presentations include “Protecting the World’s Largest Body of Fresh Water: The Often Overlooked Role of the Indian Tribes’ Co-Management of the Great Lakes” (forthcoming) and “Climate Change and the Indian Tribes”, presented at the 5th Annual Academy of the IUCN in Paraty, Brazil. She also co-authored a book on property law entitled Neighboring Property Owners and contributed the Michigan chapter to the recently published treatise on Water Law and Water Rights.

Throughout her career, Prof. Hand has served as a visiting professor at various institutions, including the University of New Mexico, Santa Clara University and Lewis and Clark School of Law, and was the recipient of an Indo-American Fellowship for study in India through the Fulbright Association. In 1996, she founded the American Indian Law Center at Detroit Mercy Law and continues to serve as the Center’s director. She is also active in numerous organizations in her field, including the Academy of the IUCN (World Conservation Union) and the Environmental and Indian Law sections of the State Bar of Michigan. She previously served as chair of the Environmental, Property and Agricultural Law sections of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS). In addition, she serves as the Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors of the Ecology Center Ann Arbor and as Co-Chair of the Southeast Michigan Fulbright Association.

Recent Publication:

"Co-operating to Protect the Shining Big Sea Water and its Siblings: Consultation with Native Peoples in Protecting the Great Lakes," book chapter in Tribes, Land and Environment (July 2012).

Recent Presentations:

"The Duty to Consult on Natural Resources: Giving Substance to Procedural Rights," Academy of the IUCN (World Conservancy Union) Annual Meeting, June 2012.

Invited Commentator, Scholar's Workshop on Environmental Constitutional Rights, Widener University School of Law, May 2012.

Invited Commentator, Urban Agriculture in Detroit, City University of New York Center for Urban Environmental Reform, Workshop on Regulating the Urban Environment, May 2012.

Co-organized UDM Law's Second Annual Urban Agriculture Symposium, May 2012.


Property (1120)

Environmental Law (3160)

Selected Topics in Environmental Law Seminar (4150)

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