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Jonathan Z. Cannon

Professor
Director
Unit: School of Law
Department: School of Law
Office location and address
WB175D
580 Massie Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
J.D. University of Pennsylvania Law School 1974
B.A. Williams College 1967
Biography

Jonathan Cannon, director of the Law School's Environmental and Land Use Law Program, joined the Law School faculty in 1998 from the Environmental Protection Agency, where he served as general counsel (1995-98) and assistant administrator for administration and resources management (1992-95). Prior to his work with the EPA, Cannon was in the private practice of environmental law; served as an adjunct professor at Washington and Lee Law School, where he taught environmental law; and was a lecturer at the Law School. Cannon is the author of the new book, "Environment in the Balance: The Green Movement and the Supreme Court."

EVSC 4991: The Theory and Practice of Biodiversity Conservation
Credits: 3
The goal of this class is to rigorously compare real-life conservation program implementation with the theoretical goals of conservation science. This course is a senior-level offering designed to serve as a capstone class for students enrolled in the Environmental and Biological Conservation Specialization program and will be presented in a seminar format where a theoretical presentation of conservation science within the context is presented. Prerequisite: EVSC 3200 (fund. of Ecology) or BIOL 3020 (Evolution and Ecology)
LAW 7060: Land Use Law
Credits: 3
This course will explore the regulation of land use, with an emphasis on the constitutional and environmental dimensions of land use law. The course will begin with the basic elements of the land development and regulation process, including the basics of planning and zoning. We will also address public ownership and private alternatives to regulation.
LAW 7154: Advanced Environmental Law
Credits: 3
Advanced Environmental Law will engage students on complex problems under a broad selection of federal environmental statutes and their state counterparts, including interstate air pollution reduction and trading regimes, management programs for large watersheds and ecosystems, liability schemes for contaminated sites and natural resource damages, and chemical risk assessment and risk management.
LAW 8812: Independent Research
Credits: 2
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member
LAW 8814: Independent Research (YR)
This course is the first semester of a yearlong independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
LAW 8815: Independent Research (YR)
Credits: 2
This course is the second semester of a yearlong independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
LAW 9090: Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)
Credits: 1
This is the second semester of a yearlong seminar designed to enhance students' understanding of ethical issues and address the broader ethical and moral responsibilities of the lawyer as citizen and leader.
LAW 9258: Environmental Ethics
Credits: 3
This seminar introduces students to major figures and frameworks in environmental ethics, including ecocentric and biocentric theories; consequentialism (including economic approaches); rights-based approaches, including environmental justice, the rights of animals, the rights of nature, and the argument among them; virtue ethics; religious perspectives; and relationships among law, philosophy and culture.
LAW 9273: Climate Change Law and Policy
Credits: 3
This seminar will explore climate change law and policy at the local, state, national and international levels.
LAW 9277: Conservation Planning and Law
Credits: 3
This seminar will explore planning techniques and legal issues surrounding protection of landscapes of natural, historical and cultural value and public uses of those landscapes. The seminar will be conducted in coordination with seminars in the Architecture School and the Department of Environmental Sciences.
LAW 9999: Dissertation Research
Credits: 15
For doctoral research taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.