Faculty Profile: Hannah Wiseman

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Hannah Jacobs Wiseman, who joined the College of Law faculty this fall, is committed to shaping the future of energy production, and says she’s found a home for her passion at The University of Tulsa.

“Energy drives everything that we do, and it presents nearly unlimited opportunities for scholarly inquiry,” said Wiseman, who serves as Assistant Professor of Law. “The law school – through its involvement in the Energy Law Journal, its work with the National Energy Policy Institute, and its energy- and environment-related course offerings – has made a clear commitment to this field.”

At TU, Wiseman will teach property, energy law, and environmental law. She has spent the past two years teaching similar courses at the University of Texas School of Law. Wiseman’s articles have been published in the Georgetown Law Journal, South Carolina Law Review, Fordham Environmental Law Review, Tulane Environmental Law Journal, and Villanova Environmental Law Journal; her most recent piece will be published in the Emory Law Journal in 2011.

“Through my writing and presentations at other schools and conferences, I hope to propose constructive legal solutions that will make energy production a more sustainable practice,” she said. “I plan to suggest improved governance structures for the siting of distributed and large-scale renewable projects, for example, and methods for state administrators to effectively share their experiences with the regulation of hydraulic fracturing.”

Wiseman is a member of the Texas Bar and served as counsel for an Austin neighborhood association on historic zoning matters. She also clerked for Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Wiseman earned her bachelor’s degrees in government and environmental studies from Dartmouth College in 2002 and received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2007. At Yale Law, Wiseman was a managing editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation and received the Israel H. Peres prize for the best student note or comment appearing in the Yale Law Journal in 2007. She has received the Warren E. Burger Prize from the American Inns of Court and a Burton Award for Legal Achievement for her writing.

Outside of academics, Professor Wiseman enjoys cooking, baking, nature and animals. She is already making trips to the Cherry Street Farmers Market in search of fresh local ingredients for her dishes, and she looks forward to spending time at the Nature Conservancy’s Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Osage County.

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