Heidi Gorovitz Robertson

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Office: LB 130

p. 216-687-9264




B.A., Tufts University, 1985
J.D., University of Wisconsin, 1990
LL.M., Columbia University, 1995
J.S.D., Columbia University, 2002


Prior to joining the law faculty in 1995, Professor Robertson practiced environmental law at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman) in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Professor Robertson's research focuses on urban environmental issues and rights of access to land. In particular, she has written about the demographic distribution of environmental risk and about legislative and other efforts to redevelop urban brownfields land. Professor Robertson has also written about EPA's quest for a policy concerning the use of data from research on human subjects, specifically in pesticide toxicity studies. Professor Robertson has written about the development of the fields of environmental ethics and bioethics, and more recently, about public rights of access to privately owned lands for recreation. Her focus in this area has been on comparing these rights in Scandinavia, continental Europe, and elsewhere.

Most recently, Professor Robertson has been researching and presenting on issues concerning the Gulf Coast oil spill, and the regulation of oil and gas production in Ohio. Professor Robertson has served as a Risk Analysis Fellow in CSU's Program of Excellence in Risk Analysis. From 1999 to 2007, Professor Robertson served on the Board of Trustees of the Clean Air Conservancy, an environmental non-profit. She was a member of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Balanced Growth. In addition to her appointment to the law faculty, Professor Robertson is a member of the Environmental Studies faculty at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. She served as Associate Dean for Academic Enrichment from 2009-2014.


Teaching Areas:

Property, Legislation and the Regulatory State, Environmental Law and Regulation, Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, International Environmental Law, Environmental Law Seminar, Legal Issues Surrounding the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Research Areas:

Hydraulic fracturing, Shale oil and gas, Public rights of access to privately-owned land, Recreational land use, Environment, Water, Air, EPA, Ohio EPA, Pesticides, Brownfields, BP/Gulf Coast oil spill, Demographic issues in the distribution of environmental risk, Environmental ethics


Honors and Awards:

2013 Wilson G. Stapleton Award for Faculty Excellence (C|M|LAW Alumni Association)
2013 McNair Scholars Mentor of the Year
Fulbright Senior Specialist, Guest Lecturer/Researcher, Uppsala University, Sweden, Spring 2009.
Fulbright Senior Specialist candidate roster 2006-2011 (approved by CIES as eligible for Fulbright Senior Specialist placement)
2010 University Administrative Merit Recognition Award
2008 University Faculty Merit Recognition Award, for excellence in teaching, research, and service
2005 University Faculty Merit Recognition Award, for excellence in teaching, research, and service.
1997 Teaching Enhancement Award, Center for Teaching Excellence, Cleveland State University
1996 Teaching Enhancement Award, Center for Teaching Excellence, Cleveland State University


Professional Affiliations:

Ohio, admitted November 5, 1997 (Active)
Wisconsin, admitted June 18, 1990 (Inactive)
California, admitted December 4, 1990 (Inactive)
District of Columbia, admitted December 7, 1992 (Inactive)
American Bar Association
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (Environmental Law Section)
International Academic Association for Planning, Law, and Property Rights