Melissa Luttrell

Melissa Luttrell

Assistant Professor of LawJohn Rogers Hall 229
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Professor Luttrell comes to The University of Tulsa College of Law after two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Florida International University. Prior to entering academia, she was in private practice in Los Angeles, where her work included representing hospitals in complex civil litigation in state and federal court. Earlier in her career, she served as Legislative Counsel for Regulatory Affairs at Public Citizen’s Congress Watch.

Her scholarship considers the appropriate use of microeconomic principles in legal decisions that relate to environmental and public health risk regulation; the ways decision makers actually use available evidence, in the absence of perfect information; and the integration of idealistic notions of what protective environmental and public health laws can and should do with the pragmatic realities of the world that actually exists.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • J.D., cum laude, Northwestern University School of Law, 1999.
  • B.S., University of Vermont, School of Natural Resources, 1996.

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • Environmental law 
  • Climate Change
  • Property
  • Environmental Health Law

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Florida International University College of Law, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law (August 2011-May 2013).

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Payne & Fears LLP, Los Angeles, CA 2004 to 2008
  • Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, Washington D.C. 2000-2001
  • Sullivan & Hayes, Springfield, MA 1999

Professional Affiliations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • California Bar Association