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Judith Royster JD

Professor of Law College of Law
College of Law 2408 918-631-3191
judith-royster@utulsa.edu
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Biography

Professor Royster teaches Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Federal Indian Law, and Native American Natural Resources Law. Her scholarly interests are in the field of American Indian Law, with an emphasis on water rights, energy and mineral issues, and jurisdictional matters. She is an editor of Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law, the premier treatise in the field; co-author of the first specialized Indian law casebook, Native American Natural Resources Law; and author of more than two dozen law review articles and book chapters. Two of her articles have been cited in U.S. Supreme Court opinions. Professor Royster received the University Faculty Teaching Award in 2007-2008. She is a 1986 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, and clerked for the chief judge of the Western District of Wisconsin.


J.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
MALS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison


American Indian law, with a concentration on issues of water rights and mineral and energy development

Administrative Law
Civil Procedure
Legislation
Federal Indian Law
Native American Natural Resources Law
An on-line master's class in Indian Property Rights


The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.

Law Reviews


Revising Montana: Indian Treaty Rights and Tribal Authority over Nonmembers on Trust Lands, 57 Ariz. L. Rev. 889 (2015).

Climate Change and Tribal Water Rights: Removing Barriers to Adaptation Strategies, 26 Tul. Envtl. L.J. 197 (2013).

Conjunctive Management of Reservation Water Resources: Legal Issues Facing Indian Tribes, 49 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Fnd. J. 183 (2012). Reprint. Previously published in 47 Idaho L. Rev. 255 (2011).

Tribal Energy Development: Renewables and the Problem of the Current Statutory Structures, 31 Stan. Envtl. L.J. 91 (2012).

Conjunctive Management of Reservation Water Resources: Legal Issues Facing Indian Tribes, 47 Idaho L. Rev. 255 (2011).

Symposium Foreward, Exhibiting Culture: Museums and Indians, 45 Tulsa L. Rev. 1 (2009).

Practical Sovereignty, Political Sovereignty, and the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act, 12 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 1065 (2008).

Indian Water and the Federal Trust: Some Proposals for Federal Action, 46 Nat. Resources J. 375 (2006).

Symposium Foreward, Native American Natural Resources, 42 Tulsa L. Rev. 1 (2006).

Montana at the Crossroads, 38 Conn. L. Rev. 631 (2006).

Indian Natural Resources Development: Tribal Energy Resource Agreements under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, 37 Trends (ABA SEER) 8 (2006).

Indian Tribal Rights to Groundwater, 15 Kan. J. L. & Pub. Pol'y 489 (2006).

Olipant and Its Discontents: An Essay Introducing the Case for Reargument Before the American Tribal Nations Supreme Court, 13 Kan. J. L. & Pub. Pol'y 59 (2003).

Look Back in Anger, (Symposium, Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock: One Hundred Years Later) 38 Tulsa L. Rev. 1 (2002).

Can a Tribal Court Exercise Jurisdiction Over a § 1983 Claim Against State Officials?, 6 Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases (2001).

When Are Confidential Communications Between tribes and the BIA Exempt from Disclosure under FOIA?, 4 Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases 216 (2000).

Water Rights: Is the Quechan Tribe Barred from Seeking a Determination of Reservation Boundaries and Water Rights?, 7 Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases (2000).

Judicial Termination of Treaty Water Rights: The Snake River Case, (with Michael C. Blumm, Dale D. Goble, and Mary Christina Wood) 36 Idaho L. Rev. (2000).

Winters in the East: Tribal Reserved Rights to Water in Riparian States, 25 Wm. & Mary Envtl. L. & Pol'y Rev. 169 (2000).

Decontextualizing Federal Indian Law: The Supreme Court's 1997-98 Term, 34 Tulsa L. Rev. 329 (1999).

Oil and Water in the Indian Country, 35 Pub. Land & Resources L. Digest 305 (1998). Reprint. Previously published in 37 Nat. Resources J. 457 (1997).

Stature and Scrutiny: Post Exhaustion Review of Tribal Court Decisions, 46 Kan. L. Rev. 241 (1998).

Of Surplus Lands and Landfills: The Case of the Yankton Sioux, 43 S.D. L. Rev. 283 (1998).

Oil and Water in the Indian Country, 37 Nat. Resources J. (Symposium, From wellhead to the Courtroom: Exploring the Future of Oil and Gas Law) 457 (1997).

Water Quality and the Winters Doctrine, 107 Water Resources Update 50 (1997).

Environmental Federalism and the Third Sovereign: Limits on State Authority to Regulate Water Quality in Indian Country, 105 J. Contemp. Water Research & Ed. 17 (1996).

The Legacy of Allotment, 27 Ariz. St. L.J. 1 (1995).

Equivocal Obligations: The Federal-Tribal Trust Relationship and Conflicts of Interest in the Development of Mineral Resources, 71 N.D. L. Rev. (Symposium, Variations on a Theme: Natural Resource Development and Tribal Rights) 327 (1995).

A Primer on Indian Water Rights, 30 Tulsa L.J. (Water Wars Symposium) 61 (1994).

Mineral Development in Indian Country: The Evolution of Tribal Control Over Mineral Resources, 29 Tulsa L.J. (Symposium on Energy Law) 541 (1994).

1993: The Year After, (Native American Syposia) 29 Tulsa L.J. 243 (1993).

Environmental Protection and Native American Rights: Controlling Land Use Through Environmental Regulation, 1 Kan. J. L. & Pub. Pol'y (Symposium, Environmental Equity in the 1990s: Pollution, Poverty, and Political Empowerment) 89 (1991).

Control of the Reservation Environment: Tribal Primacy, Federal Delegation, and the Limits of State Intrusion, (with R.S. Fausett) 64 Wash. L. Rev. (1989).

Fresh Pursuit Onto Native American Reservations: State Rights "to Pursue Savage Hostile Indian Marauders Across the Border", 59 U. Colo. L. Rev. 191 (1988).

Courts and Indians: Sixty-Five Years of Legal Analysis: Bibliography of Periodical Articles Relating to Native American Law, 1922-1986, (with R.S. Fausett) 7 (2-4) Legal Ref. Serv. Q. 107 (1987).

Books


Cohen's Handbook Of Federal Indian Law (Nell Jessup Newton, et al. eds., LexisNexis 2012) (Board of Editors).

The Future of Indian And Federal Reserved Water Rights - The Winters Centennial (co-edited with Barbara Cosens) (Univ. of New Mexico Press, 2012).

Encyclopedia of United States Indian Policy and Law (assoc. ed. and contributing author, Paul Finkelman & Tim Alan Garrison eds., CQ Press 2008).

Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law (Nell Jessup Newton, et al. eds., LexisNexis 2005) (Board of Editors and contributing author); Supplement (2007, 2009) (Board of Editors).

Casebooks


Native American Natural Resources Law: Cases And Materials (with Michael C. Blumm & Elizabeth Ann Kronk) (Carolina Academic Press 3d ed. 2013).

Native American Natural Resources Law: Cases And Materials (with Michael C. Blumm) (Carolina Academic Press 2d ed. 2008) (2002) (Teacher's Manual 2008) (Teacher's Updates 2003-11).

Book Chapters


Climate Change and Tribal Water Rights: Removing Barriers to Adaptation Strategies, in Climate Change, Indigenous Peoples, and the Search For Legal Remedies (Randall Abate & Elizabeth Kronk eds., Edgar Elgar 2013). Also published in 25 Tulane Envtl L.J. 197 (2013).

Water, Legal Rights, and Actual Consequences: The Story of Winters v. United States, in Indian Law Stories

Native American Law, in The Law Of Environmental Justice: Theories And Procedures To Address Disproportionate Risks 199

Indian Water and the Federal Trust: Some Proposals for Federal Action, in Water Rights: Enforcement Impediments

Indian Tribal Rights to Groundwater, in Tribal Rights: A Praxis (R. Satyanarayana ed., Amicus Books 2008-09). Reprint. Previously published in 15 Kan. J. L. & Pub. Pol'y 489 (2006).

Indian Land Claims, in Handbook Of North American Indians, vol. 2: Indians In Contemporary Society

Native American Law, in The Law Of Environmental Justice 157

Others


Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock, in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (David Tanenhaus ed., 2008).

Federalism, in The Encyclopedia of American Political History (Paul Finkelman ed., 2001).

American Indians: Law in Indian Communities, in Encyclopedia of The United States in the Nineteenth Century (Paul Finkelman ed., 2001).

Native American Natural Resources Committee 1996 Annual Report, in Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law 1996: The Year in Review 295 (ABA SONREEL 1997).

Native American Natural Resources Committee 1995 Annual Report, in Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law 1995: The Year in Review 310 (ABA SONREEL 1996) (with Michael O'Connell).

Native American Natural Resources Committee 1994 Annual Report, in Natural Resources, Energy, And Environmental Law 1994: The Year in Review 297 (ABA SONREEL 1995).

Municipal Landfill Regulation in Indian Country, in Okla. Bar Ass'n Envt'l Law Sect. Newsletter 9 (1993).

Taxation: Issues in Federal, State, and Tribal Taxation (Training manual for tribal government officials) (Albuquerque, American Technical Training & Assistance 1988).