Kenneth A. Manaster

Professor of Law, Presidential Professor of Ethics and the Common Good


A respected scholar of environmental law, Professor Manaster joined the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty in 1972. Since 1990 he has served as Counsel to the environmental law group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in San Francisco.

Prior to joining the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty, Professor Manaster served as Assistant Attorney General of Illinois, heading the Chicago office of the Environmental Control Division. He also served as a law clerk for Judge Bernard M. Decker of the U.S. District Court in Chicago, and was in private practice in Chicago. In 1969, he worked with Chicago attorney and (later Supreme Court Justice) John Paul Stevens on an investigation of corruption in the Illinois Supreme Court. Manaster later published a book about the case, Illinois Justice: The Scandal of 1969 and the Rise of John Paul Stevens (University of Chicago Press, 2001), which featured a foreword by Stevens. He has taught courses on environmental law at Stanford Law School, the University of Texas, and Hastings College of the Law, and has held the position of visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and Stanford Law School. Manaster studied in Peru on a Fulbright Fellowship.


LL.B., Harvard Law School

A.B., Harvard College

Areas of Specialization

Environmental Protection Law, Administrative Law, Torts

Affiliations and Honors

  • Chair, Bay Area Quality Management District Hearing Board, 1978-89
  • Chair, Public Advisory Committee to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency



The American Legal System and Civic Engagement: Why We All Should think Like Lawyers. Palgrave Macmillan (2013) | Link to Library Catalog

Environmental Protection and Justice: Readings on the Practice and Purposes of Envrionmental Law. 3rd edition. LexisNexis (2007) | Link to Library Catalog

California Environmental Law and Land Use Practice with Selmi. M. Bender (1989-1999?): LexisNexis (200?-) (1989- ) (Updated by loose-leaf) | Link to Library Catalog

State Environmental Law with Selmi. Clark Boardman Callaghan (1989-2001): Thomson/West (2001-) (Updated by loose-leaf) | Link to Library Catalog

Illinois Justice: The Scandal of 1969 and the Rise of John Paul Stevens. University of Chicago Press (2001) | Link to Library Catalog

Environmental Protection and Justice. 2nd edition. Anderson Publishing Company (2000) | Link to Library Catalog

Environmental Protection and Justice: Readings and Commentary on Environmental Law and Practice. Anderson Publishing Company (1995) | Link to Library Catalog


The Law of Nuisance in California Torts. Levy, Golden, and Sacks, editors. Matthew Bender & Co. (1985) | Link to Library Catalog


The Many Paths of Environmental Practice: A Response to Professor Bonine, 28 Pace Environmental Law Review 238-264 (2010) | Link to Digital Commons

Fairness in the Air: California's Air Pollution Hearing Boards, 24 UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy 1-104 (2006) | Link to Digital Commons

Justice Stevens, Judicial Power, and the Varieties of Environmental Litigation, 74 Fordham Law Review 1963-2008 (2006) | Link to Digital Commons

Ten Paradoxes of Environmental Law, 27 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 917-941 (1994) | Link to Digital Commons

Administrative Adjudication of Air Pollution Disputes: The Work of Air Pollution Control District Hearing Boards in California, 17 U.C. Davis Law Review 1117-1146 (1984) | Link to Digital Commons

Energy Equity for the Poor: The Search for Fairness in Federal Energy Crisis Policy, 7 Harvard Environmental Law Review 371-428 (1983) | Link to Digital Commons

An Introductory Analysis of Energy Law and Policy, 22 Santa Clara Law Review 1151-1178 (1982) (Reprinted at 26 Corporate Practice Commentator 251 (1984)) | Link to Digital Commons

Law and the Dignity of Nature: Foundations of Environmental Law, 26 DePaul Law Review 743-766 (1977) (Reprinted at 9 Land Use and Environment Law Review 3 (1978)) | Link to Digital Commons

Early Thoughts on Prosecuting Polluters, 2 Ecology Law Quarterly 471-492 (1972) (Republished in Portuguese as Processo Criminal E Civil Contra Poluidores: Primeiras Reflexoes 43 Revista Justitia 194 (1981) Translated by Guimaraes, Jr.) | Link to Digital Commons

The Development of Federal Water Pollution Control: The Present and the Future, 1971 University of Illinois Law Forum 36-54 (1971) | Link to Digital Commons

Squatters and the Law: The Relevance of the United States Experience to Current Problems in the Developing Countries, 43 Tulane Law Review 94-127 (1968) | Link to Digital Commons

The Problem of Urban Squatters in Developing Countries: Peru, 1968 Wisconsin Law Review 23-61 (1968) | Link to Digital Commons

Book Reviews

Cleaning Up America: An Insider's View of the Environmental Protection Agency, 3 Columbia Journal of Environmental Law 382-387 (1977) | Link to Library Catalog | Link to Full Text

The Finest Judges Money Can Buy, 15 Santa Clara Lawyer 256-261 (1974) | Link to Digital Commons | Link to Library Catalog

Cable Television U.S.A.: An Analysis of Government Policy, 62 Kentucky Law Journal 902-906 (1973) | Link to Digital Commons | Link to Library Catalog

Other Articles

Why We all Should Think Like Lawyers, 20 Santa Clara Law magazine 18-21 (Fall/winter 2013) | Link to Full Text

Always Something New: Thoughts on the Journal's 25th Birthday, 25 Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal 1-2 (2008) | Link to Digital Commons

California's Air Pollution Hearing Boards: An Introduction, 2006 California Environmental Law Reporter 473-478 (2006) | Link to Library Catalog

The Intel Environment Award, 7 STS Nexus ___ (Fall 2006) | Link to Full Text

The Intel Environment Award, 6 STS Nexus ___ (Fall 2005) | Link to Full Text

The Intel Environment Award, 5 STS Nexus ___ (Fall 2004) | Link to Full Text

The Story Behind the Book: Illinois Justice, 15 CBA Record 39-40 (September 2001) | Link to Digital Commons

On the Birth of a Law Journal, 1 Santa Clara Computer and High-Technology Law Journal 3-5 (1985) | Link to Digital Commons

The Judicial Article: The Proposal for Merit Selection of Judges in Illinois, 51 Chicago Bar Record 294-301 (1970) | Link to Digital Commons


The Environment and Ecological Sustainability. (January 2005) (SCU Future Directions Discussion Paper) | Link to Full Text


Currently Teaching:

Spring 2015

Environmental Law Seminar

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Spring 2015

Administrative Law

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Fall 2014


Tues & Thurs