Julie E. Steiner
Professor of Law | Director of the Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs
Courses Taught: Adv. Environmental Law Seminar, Cannabis Law and Policy, Environmental Law: Pollution Control, Introduction to the Law, Land Use Planning, Sustainability Law, Torts, Toxic Torts
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 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
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.