Michael Pappas teaches primarily in the areas of property, natural resource, and environmental law. His scholarship draws upon interdisciplinary influences associated with economics and political economy, and his work explores the nature of property expectations, governmental responsibilities, and private rights in managing resources such as land, energy, water, wildlife, fisheries, and food. Professor Pappas has also worked extensively to advance interdisciplinary teaching and research collaborations throughout the University System of Maryland. He was voted Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year in 2014.
Prior to joining the law school, Professor Pappas was a Forrester Fellow and Instructor in Legal Writing at Tulane University Law School, where he also taught international and domestic fisheries law. In addition, he taught natural resources law as an adjunct professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and served as an instructor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers PROSPECT Training Program, where he taught environmental law and regulation. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. James L. Dennis, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Professor Pappas holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English Literature from Stanford University, and he received his JD from Stanford Law School, where he was the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal and a member of the Stanford Environmental Law Clinic. He is admitted to the California Bar.