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Julie E. Steiner

Professor of Law | Director of the Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs
B.A., Syracuse University
J.D., Boston University School of Law
Office: L 217

Professor Steiner teaches Cannabis Law and Policy, Environmental and Land Use Law, Torts, and Introduction to Law.  

Her scholarly work focuses on legal policy reform and enforcement theory.  Professor Steiner’s current research focuses on the historical development of, and normative approaches to, cannabis law and policy.  She has a particular interest in the use of social media to advance knowledge building.  Her scholarship has appeared in numerous journals, including the William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, Santa Clara Law Review, Marquette Law Review, Environmental Law Reporter, ABA Energy Law Journal, and the New York Law Journal

Professor Steiner is a frequent lecturer, and has been cited in the media for her expertise on cannabis law, including appearances on New England Public Radio, in WalletHub’s “Most Fun States in America” and in the Springfield Republican. Professor Steiner has also lectured and been quoted extensively about cannabis, environmental, and tort law. 

A passionate educator, Professor Steiner has been recognized for teaching excellence.  She was awarded the Catherine J. Jones Professor of Year Award in 2012, 2013 and 2015. Prior to joining the faculty of Western New England University School of Law, Professor Steiner was a member of the full-time faculty at St. John’s University School of Law where she received the honor of Professor of the Year (2009) and the Dean’s Teaching Award (2008).

Professor Steiner graduated as Edward F. Hennessey Distinguished Scholar and a Paul J. Liacos Scholar, cum laude, from Boston University School of Law.  She was a Visiting Student of International and Comparative Law at Oxford University, St. Catherine’s College (Hilary Term, 1994). Upon graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Peter W. Kilborn of the Massachusetts Land Court.  She received her B.A., summa cum laude, in English and Political Science with Honors, from Syracuse University.

Prior to joining the legal academy, Steiner was a litigator with the New York firms of K&L Gates, LLP, and Dewey Ballantine, LLP, where she focused on environmental law and land use matters.  Her pro bono practice included service as a Voluntary Appellate Defender in tandem with the New York Office of the Appellate Defender. 

Julie Steiner's Google Scholar Profile

Other references to Julie Steiner and her work


Adv. Environmental Law Seminar

Adv. Land Use & Environmental Law

Cannabis Law and Policy

Environmental Law: Pollution Control

Introduction to the Law

Land Use Planning

Sustainability Law


Toxic Torts



JULIE STEINER, PRACTICE PERFECT: TORTS (forthcoming 2021) (co-authored with Joseph W. Glannon & Patrick Shin).

Journal Articles

Julie E. Steiner, Erasing Evidence of Historic Injustice: The Cannabis Criminal Records Expungement Paradox, 101 B.U.L. Rev. 1203 (2021). SSRN Digital Commons

Julie E. Steiner, Symposium: Environmental Accountability in an Age of Consequences: Foreword, 38 W. NEW ENG. L. REV. 307 (2016). SSRN Digital Commons

Julie E. Steiner, Guardians of Municipal Public Trees: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Tree Wardens' Authority and Accountability, 38 W. NEW ENG. L. REV. 377 (2016). SSRN Digital Commons

Julie E. Steiner, Interim Payments and Economic Damages to Compensate Private-Party Victims of Hazardous Releases, 98 MARQ. L. REV. 1313 (2015). SSRN Digital Commons

Julie E. Steiner, Should "Substitute" Private Attorneys General Enforce Public Environmental Actions? Balancing the Costs and Benefits of the Contingency Fee Environmental Special Counsel Arrangement, 51 SANTA CLARA L. REV. 853 (2011). SSRN Digital Commons

Julie E. Steiner, The Illegality of Contingency-Fee Arrangements When Prosecuting Public Natural Resource Damage Claims and the Need for Legislative Reform, 32 WM. & MARY ENVTL. L. & POL'Y REV. 169 (2007). SSRN Digital Commons

Shorter Writings

Julie E. Steiner, Massachusetts Cannabis Law and Policy: 2020 Year in Review, AF-AM POINT OF VIEW, Feb. 1, 2021, at 23.

Julie E. Steiner, Massachusetts Cannabis Law and Policy: 2020 Year in Review, AF-AM POINT OF VIEW, Feb. 1, 2021, at 23.

Julie E. Steiner, New Regulations from the Cannabis Control Commission , AF-AM POINT OF VIEW, Feb. 1, 2020, at 23.

Julie E. Steiner, Cannabis Law: The Massachusetts Cannabis Equity Program, AF-AM POINT OF VIEW, Nov. 1, 2018, at 23.