Leon Szeptycki

Unit: School of Law
Department: School of Law
Office location and address
580 Massie Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
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 7091: Water Law and Policy
Credits: 2–3
This course will review state and federal laws governing water and disputes between competing water uses. Topics will include public rights to water and resolving water use disputes; protecting water quality of lakes, rivers, and streams; federal laws affecting the allocation and use of water (the Clean Water Act, the Federal Power Act, the Endangered Species Act) and the law governing interstate water disputes.
LAW 8810: Directed Research
Credits: 1
Eligible students receive credit for serving as research assistants supervised by selected law school faculty members.
LAW 8811: Independent Research
Credits: 1
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 9076: Natural Resources Law and Policy
Credits: 3
The seminar surveys the laws and policies governing the management of lands and natural resources under federal ownership (some one-third of the nation's continental land area).
LAW 9175: Theory and Practice of Biodiversity Conservation
Credits: 3
This seminar will be jointly offered in the Law School and the Department of Environmental Sciences and co-taught by members of those departments. The course will use several species restoration initiatives of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to study biodiversity conservation.
LAW 9277: Conservation Planning and Law
Credits: 2–3
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.