Madeline June Kass

Visiting Professor


Sullivan Hall 462
(206) 398-4126


B.S., Tufts University, magna cum laude, 1984
J.D., University of California, Berkeley (Boat Hall), 1989
M.E.S., Yale University, 1997


Environmental Law
Natural Resources Law
Scholarly Legal Writing
Wildlife and Marine Life Law


Prior to joining the Thomas Jefferson School of Law faculty in the fall of 2003, Professor Kass practiced law for close to a decade in the Seattle offices of Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates) and Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe. Her practice focused primarily in the areas of land use and environmental compliance. She earned her J.D. from the University of California (Berkeley) and a M.E.S. from Yale University. Prior to entering private practice, she clerked for the Massachusetts State Superior Court and prior to that conducted immunology research at Harvard Medical School.

She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the ABA publication National Resources & Environment, the Executive Committee of the AALS Natural Resources & Energy Section, the Board of Directors and Legal Committee of the Puget Soundkeepers Alliance, the Washington State Board of Bar Overseers, and as a Vice-Chair on the ABA's Endangered Species and International Environmental and Resources Law committees. She is a frequent visiting professor at Seattle University School of Law where she serves as a faculty advisor for the Seattle Journal of Environmental Law.

In past years, she has also served on the Editorial Board of the Washington State Bar Association Environmental and Land Use Law Newsletter, as Chair of the ABA's Endangered Species Committee, as Chair of the AALS Natural Resources & Energy Section, and as Chair of the Public Interest Grant Selection Committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association of Washington (QLaw). While at Thomas Jefferson, she also served on the Ethics Committee and as a faculty advisor for the Environmental Law Society, Animal Rights, and Outlaw student organizations.

Her primary areas of teaching and scholarship are environmental and natural resources law and torts. Courses include Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Comparative US/EU Environmental Law, Wildlife & Marine Life Law, Torts I & II, Professional Responsibility, and Scholarly Legal Writing.