Hillary Hoffmann


Hillary Hoffmann teaches Natural Resources Law, Administrative Law, and Native American law. Professor Hoffmann's scholarship addresses the administration and management of federal public lands and tribal lands, including statutes and regulatory regimes governing livestock grazing, energy development, private access and private rights. She also focuses on the intersection between natural resources and tribal cultural resources, and the particular threats faced by tribes attempting to protect their cultural heritage on public lands. Her latest publications can be found in the Yale Journal on Regulation: Natural Resources & Environment, and the L.A. Times.
Before joining the faculty at Vermont Law School, Professor Hoffmann was in private practice in Salt Lake City, Utah, focusing on public lands issues. Professor Hoffmann received her BA in Spanish literature with High Honors from Middlebury College and her JD from the S. J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. In law school, she was a William H. Leary Scholar, the Richard L. Dewsnup Fellow in Natural Resource Law, and served on the Utah Law Review. She is a member of the American Bar Association's Environment, Energy, and Resources committee, the Sierra Club Litigation Committee, and is admitted in Vermont and Utah.



Obama Administration Settles With Navajo Nation for $554M. Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, December 10, 2014 (co-authored with Andrew Settle).​

​Tenth Circuit Issues Decision Regarding Claims to R.S. 2477 Rights of Way Over Federal Lands. Environmental Law Prof Blog, December 5, 2014.

​What Shell's Ninth Circuit Loss Means for Preemptive Suits Under the APA. Environmental Law Prof Blog, November 15, 2014.​
​The End of the Road for RS. 2477 Claimants in Canyonlands National Park. Environmental Law Prof Blog, May 2, 2014.​

Legal Advocacy

Testimony Before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Natural Resources, Hearing on H.R. 866 and H.R. 1484, November 15, 2016.

​Brief of Amici Curiae Natural Resources and Property Law Professors in Support of Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance​, Utah Supreme Court, October 9, 2015.​

​Brief of Amici Scholars of Statutory Interpretation and Native American Law in Support of Petitioners, in Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma, et al. v. Borough of Jim Thorpe, et al., Supreme Court of the United States, July 2, 2015 (signatory).​

Brief of Amici Curiae Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. and Sierra Club in Support of Appellant the United States of America, in United States v. Estate of E. Wayne Hage, et al. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, May 16, 2014 (co-authored with John Echeverria).​


Testimony, "Legislative Hearing on H.R. 866, The Federal Lands Freedom Act and H.R. 1484, The Honor Nevada Enabling Act of 1864 Act," House Committee on Natural Resources, Nov. 15, 2016.
​Environmental Law in Indian Country​, Federa​l Bar Association, Washington, D.C., October 28, 2016.​
"Public Lands and Climate Resilience: Implementing the Paris Agreement Through Progressive Grazing Policies in the U.S. and Australia," 7th Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, Vermont Law School, September 23, 2016.
Environment Versus Development, University of Vermont Workshop, Reframing the Arctic: Cooperation, Not Conflict, July 6-7, 2015.​
"Grazing and Climate Change: Lessons for Public Land Management," 17th Institute for Natural Resources Law Teachers, Salt Lake City, UT, May 29, 2015.​
"Fracking Waste Disposal in Indian Country," Merits and Ramifications of the BLM Fracking Rule, Environmental Law Institute, May 28, 2015.
"The Unsustainable Livestock Grazing Regime on Federal Public Lands: Lessons from Abroad," First Annual Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, May 8, 2015.​
​"Fracking Waste Disposal in Indian Country," Vermont Journal of Environmental Law Symposium (October 2014).
"A Constitutional Critique of Utah's Transfer of Public Lands Act," Presenter, 5th Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship (October 2014).​
​"The Real Public Lands Standoff in Nevada: Unsustainable Livestock Grazing and Climate Change," New England Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Woodstock, VT (April 2014).
"Demand Management and Livestock Grazing in the Great Basin: an Integrated Approach to the Climate Crisis Facing Federal Rangelands," Shapiro Symposium on Public Lands, George Washington University (March 2014).
​"Cultural Resource Protection and Federal Livestock Grazing Policy," Virtual Guest Lecture Series, Mercer University Law School (November 2013).
​Conference Organizer, 4th Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, Vermont Law School (October 2013).​
​"Managing Multiple Incompatible Uses: Why the Forest Services Livestock Grazing Policy Fails to Protect Native American Archeological Sites," 19th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, A Time for Integration, Estes Park, Colorado (June 2013).

Awards & Accomplishments


​Member, Sierra Club Litigation Committee Member (2014-present)​​

​Consultant and Member, Grand Canyon Trust

​Member, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance