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Jennifer Harder

PPIC CalTrout Ecosystem Fellow

Expertise: Water, environmental, and administrative law

Jennifer Harder is a 2023–24 PPIC CalTrout Ecosystem Fellow at the PPIC Water Policy Center. She is a professor at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, where she teaches courses in water, environmental, and administrative law. She also serves as co-director of McGeorge’s water & environmental law concentration and as McGeorge’s faculty director for online learning. Professor Harder is co-author of the water law textbook, Cases and Materials on Water Law, 10th ed. Her work focuses on the integration of classic water rights principles into contemporary regulatory systems, drought management, and issues of water justice. From 1999-2008, Professor Harder was an attorney and partner at a private firm in Sacramento, where she practiced water rights and environmental compliance, and served as general counsel to public agencies. Professor Harder is an advisor to the Executive Committee for the Environmental Law Section at the California Lawyers Association, editor-in-chief of Environmental Law News, and a judge for the California Water Law Writing Prize. Professor Harder is also a proud graduate of the Water Leaders program at the Water Education Foundation.