Robin Morris Collin

Norma J. Paulus Professor of Law

Robin Morris Collin is the Norma Paulus Professor of law at Willamette University College of Law in Oregon. 

She is the first US law professor to teach sustainability courses in a US law school.  She is currently a Co-Convenor of the Oregon Electric Vehicle Collaboration, a Commissioner on the Oregon Commission for Women. She also served as the founding chair of the legislatively created Oregon Environmental Justice Taskforce.

She has been awarded David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award from the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, the Oregon Woman of Achievement Award for 2012, the Leadership in Sustainability Award from the Oregon State Bar, the Campus Compact Faculty Award for Civic Engagement in Sustainability, and the national Environmental Justice Achievement Award from the Environmental Protection Agency for her work with the Oregon Environmental Justice Task Force.  She was a founding board member of the Environmental Justice Action Group of Portland, and a founding member Lawyers for a Sustainable Future. While at the University of Oregon, she cofounded the Conference against Environmental Racism and the Sustainable Business Symposium both of which continue into their second decade.

Her latest publications include:

  • Environmental Justice Context for Sustainable Development, Sustainability: The Journal of Record, February, 2019 issue (vol. 12, no. 1).
  • Robin Morris Collin, “Environmental Justice and Sustainability” in The Cambridge Handbook on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development, Sumudu Atapattu, Carmen G. Gonzalez and Sara Seck (eds.)(Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)
  • Robin Morris Collin, “Shelter, Housing, Home: Weakening Democracy,” a book review and essay on Eviction by Matthew Desmond, and The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein. Publication forthcoming in Kritikon Litterarum, International Book Review for American, English, Romance and Slavic Studies
  • Robin Morris Collin and Robert William Collin editors, Energy Choices: How to Power the Future (2 volumes, edited volumes), Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger International Press, 2014.
  • Collin, Robin Morris and Robert W. Collin, The Encyclopedia of Sustainability (3 volumes, authored volumes). Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press, 2009.
  • Robin Morris Collin and Robert William Collin, “Environmental Justice and Sustainability,” in International Handbook of Sustainable Development, edited by Michael Redclift. Routledge Press Oxford UK, 2014
  • “Restoration and Redemption” in Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril (a collection including the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Barack Obama, and others)

 

 

Education

  • JD, Arizona State University
  • BA, Colorado College

Publications

  • Environmental Justice Context for Sustainable Development, Sustainability: The Journal of Record, February, 2019 issue (vol. 12, no. 1).
  • Robin Morris Collin, “Environmental Justice and Sustainability” in The Cambridge Handbook on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development, Sumudu Atapattu, Carmen G. Gonzalez and Sara Seck (eds.)(Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)
  •  Robin Morris Collin, “Shelter, Housing, Home: Weakening Democracy,” a book review and essay on Eviction by Matthew Desmond, and The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein. Publication forthcoming in Kritikon Litterarum, International Book Review for American, English, Romance and Slavic Studies
  • Robin Morris Collin and Robert William Collin editors, Energy Choices: How to Power the Future  (2 volumes, edited volumes), Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger International Press, 2014.
  • Robin Morris Collin and Robert William Collin, “Environmental Justice and Sustainability,” in International Handbook of Sustainable Development, edited by Michael Redclift. Routledge Press Oxford UK, 2014
  • “Restoration and Redemption” in Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril (a collection including the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Barack Obama, and others)
  • Restoration and Redemption, in Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, (Trinity University Press 2010).
  • Frameworks for the Future: Encyclopedia of Sustainability, 3 vols., (Greenwood Press 2009).
  • Collin, Robin Morris and Robert W. Collin, The Encyclopedia of Sustainability (3 volumes, authored volumes). Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press, 2009.
  • Sustainability and the Challenges of Race, Gender and Poverty to Contemporary Scientific Cultures, Publications of the Bavarian American Academy (2008).
  • Step by Step: Environmental Justice in Oregon, Lewis & Clark Environmental Law Journal (Spring 2008).
  • Brown and Me - Brown's Theory of an Educational Remedy for Citizenship, 9 Howard Scroll: The Social Justice Law Review 73 (Spring 2007).
  • Introduction to LatCrit IX Joint Symposium: Community Organizing and Direct Activism, 102 Villanova Law Review 260 (2006).
  • The Apocalyptic Vision, Environmentalism, and a Wider Embrace, 13.1 Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (2006).
  • Environmental Reparations for Justice and Sustainability (with Robert W. Collin), in The Quest for Environmental Justice, Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution (Bullard ed., 2d ed., Sierra Club Books 2005).
  • Forever Wild, Forever Free: Sustainability and Equity (with Robert W. Collin), in From Landscape to Technoscape: Concepts of Space in American Culture (Benesch & Schmidt eds., Rodopi 2005).