Professor John Leshy came to UC Hastings in the fall of 2001, after serving as Solicitor (General Counsel) of the US Department of the Interior throughout the Clinton Administration. Previously he taught at Arizona State University College of Law (1980-1992), and served in the Interior Department in the Carter Administration, with the Committee on Natural Resources, US House of Representatives, and with the Natural Resources Defense Council in California. He started his legal career as a litigator with the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice. In 2008-2009 he cochaired the Obama Administration transition team for the Interior Department.
Professor Leshy is an aficionado of jazz and classical music, running rivers, hiking, and tennis with his partner Peggy Karp, a psychiatrist.
Courses Taught: Property, Constitutional Law I, Public Lands and Resources Law, Federal Indian Law, and Natural Resources Seminar
Expertise: Real Property Law, Constitutional Law (State and Federal), Natural Resources Law, Public Land Law and Water Law
My favorite part about teaching is... helping students engage the law analytically, while enhancing their appreciation of how forces like culture, politics, science and technology impact the law's evolution.
I hope students take away from UC Hastings... intellectual rigor, advocacy skills, disciplined work habits, a greater capacity for empathy, and a refined sense of fairness.