Blake HudsonBurlington Resources Associate Professor in Environmental Law and Edward J. Womac, Jr. Associate Professor in Energy Law
Professor Hudson is an associate professor at the Law Center, holding a joint appointment with the LSU School of the Coast and Environment. He teaches natural resources and environmental law related coursework. He practiced law from 2007-2009 at the law firm of Baker Botts in Houston, Texas, and was an assistant professor at Stetson University College of Law from 2009-2012.
Professor Hudson’s research considers how property, land use, and natural resources law and policy intersect with environmental and constitutional law, with specific focus on the issue of federalism as it relates to land use and the environment. One branch of his research centers on “commons” scholarship and the complicated role of private property rights and government institutions as solutions to commons dilemmas. Professor Hudson’s research further assesses how the issues of federalism and constitutional structure have the potential to both complicate and resolve land use and natural resource management issues at the state, federal, and international levels, with particular emphasis on forests, natural capital impacted by direct land use planning, and the legal and political institutions established to govern those resources. His articles are forthcoming or have been published in the Washington and Lee Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Georgia Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, University of Colorado Law Review, Alabama Law Review, Tulane Law Review, Connecticut Law Review, and BYU Law Review, among a variety of other legal and peer-reviewed journals. His book, Constitutions and the Commons: The Impact of Federal Governance on Local, National, and Global Resource Management, was published by Resources for the Future/Earthscan in 2014.
Professor Hudson obtained his bachelor's degree in both biology and history, as well as minors in pre-law and political science, at the University of Montevallo, where he was a scholar-athlete. He graduated with high honors from Duke University School of Law, and also graduated with a Master's degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. While at Duke, Professor Hudson was a staff editor and the Submissions Editor for the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum. He also received the Class of 2007 Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement in Property.