Prof. Donald J. Kochan

Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Chapman University School of Law
Donald Kochan

Donald Kochan is the Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development and Professor of Law at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. Professor Kochan’s scholarship focuses on areas of property, administrative law, natural resources, law & economics, and jurisprudence, among others. He has published more than 35 scholarly articles and essays in well-respected law journals, including recently or forthcoming in the Cardozo Law ReviewBYU Law ReviewFlorida State University Law ReviewUniversity of Richmond Law ReviewGeorgetown Journal of Legal Ethics,Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative LawBerkeley Journal of International Law, and Virginia Journal of Social Policy & Law, to name a few. His work has been cited in more than 250 published law review articles, and his articles have been downloaded more than 10,000 times from SSRN and BePress. In addition to his scholarly publications, Professor Kochan has published opinion editorials in leading newspapers across the country, recently including the Wall Street Journal and the L.A. Times.  Professor Kochan has presented his work at national legal conferences and at law schools domestic and foreign, has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and has appeared on national radio and cable news broadcasts.

Professor Kochan received the 2014 Valerie Scudder Award from Chapman University, a merit-based award selected by peers in recognition of outstanding achievement in scholarship, teaching, and service, and one of the highest honors given to a faculty member at the University. Among his numerous activities, Professor Kochan currently is a Contributing Editor of the Keeping Current-Property section in PROBATE & PROPERTY, the bi-monthly magazine of the Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association; serves as the Secretary for the Section on Property Law for the Association of American Law Schools; serves as the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Environment & Natural Resources Regulation for the ABA Section on Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice; and was elected as a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2014.

Immediately before coming to Chapman in 2004, Professor Kochan was an Olin Fellow at the University of Virginia, School of Law for the 2003-2004 academic year. During 2002-2003, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law where he taught courses in Property and Environmental Law. Professor Kochan received his Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School, where he was a John M. Olin Scholar in Law and Economics and managing editor of the Cornell International Law Journal. He also served as editor and executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy symposium issues in 1997 and 1998. He received his B.A. from Western Michigan University, magna cum laude with majors in both political science and philosophy and where he studied as the John W. Gill Medallion Scholar and was honored as the Presidential Scholar (awarded to the top graduate in the political science department). After graduating from law school, Professor Kochan was a law clerk to The Honorable Richard F. Suhrheinrich of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Following his clerkship, Professor Kochan was an associate with the firm of Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in natural resources & environmental law.

Professor Kochan currently teaches Property I & II and Administrative Law, and his other courses include Natural Resources Law & Policy, Law & Economics, Corporations, Agency & Partnership, and Federal Courts.

  • Western Michigan University, Bachelor of Arts
  • Cornell University, Juris Doctor in Law

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Upcoming Events
Tenth Annual Western Chapters Conference
Saturday, January 30, 2016
January 30, 2016
Publications and Multimedia
Public Land Controversy: The States v. The Federal Government - Podcast
Environmental Law & Property Rights and Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Groups Podcast
June 25, 2014
Conservative Principles for Environmental Reform - Podcast
Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Podcast
June 04, 2013
The Future of Publicly Owned Lands - Podcast
Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Podcast
February 07, 2013
A Legal Overview of Utah's H.B. 148
Federalist Society White Paper
January 14, 2013
PPL Montana, LLC v. Montana - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 12-20-11 featuring Donald Kochan
December 20, 2011
Property Rights: The Forgotten Spark of the Arab Spring - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 12, 2011
Federal Courts Standards for Ripeness and Takings Claims - Podcast
Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group
March 30, 2010
Aspirin for a "Major Headache?" Scaling Back Relief Under the Alien Tort Claims Act
International & National Security Law Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3, Winter 2000
February 01, 2000
Civil Suit Provision of Violence Against Women Act Found Unconstitutional by Fourth Circuit
Civil Rights Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 1, Spring 1999
May 01, 1999
Panel Discusses Merits of Chenery
Administrative Law Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 1, Spring 1999
May 01, 1999
Ripeness, Permitting, and Public Choice
Administrative Law Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 2, Issue 3, Winter 1998
December 01, 1998