John Copeland Nagle
John N. Matthews Professor of Law
An esteemed scholar in the areas of environmental law, legislation, and property, John Copeland Nagle has co-authored three casebooks. His latest, Law’s Environment: How the Law Shapes the Places We Live, was published by Yale University Press in 2010.
Nagle’s scholarship has addressed such topics as the relationship between religion and environmental law, the scope of congressional power to protect endangered species, alternative approaches to campaign finance reform, and Chinese environmental law.
Twice Nagle has been selected as a distinguished lecturer by the J. William Fulbright Program, first teaching at Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2002, and then at the University of Hong Kong in 2008. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, he worked as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice and also served as a law clerk to Judge Deanell Reece Tacha of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
The Matthews Professorship was established in 1967 by Notre Dame Life Trustee Donald J. Matthews (’55) in honor of his father, the late Captain John Matthews.