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Jacobs, Sharon Bogas Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Professor Jacobs' research focuses on issues at the intersection of energy, environmental and administrative law. She explores the behavior of agencies as strategic, quasi-independent governmental actors and the unorthodox techniques they use to achieve policy ends. Methodologically, Professor Jacobs' work investigates the use of unconventional regulatory strategies through case studies in energy and environmental law, where the combination of controversial subject matter, aging statutes, and rapid technological development often necessitates administrative experimentation. Ultimately, her scholarship seeks not only to describe and to evaluate unconventional regulation but to ask what implications these techniques have for institutional design, agency procedure, and doctrines of judicial review.


  • administrative law, energy law, environmental law


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courses taught

  • LAWS 6722 - Energy Law and Regulation Provides an introduction to energy law and regulation in the United States. Covers basic principles of rate regulation and public utilities, the division of jurisdiction between federal and state governments and the key federal statutes and regulatory regimes governing natural gas, electricity and nuclear power. Focuses on the basic federal frameworks for natural gas and electricity regulation, with an emphasis on understanding the messy and uneven transition to wholesale competition in these sectors and, in the electricity context, the experience with state restructuring and retail competition. (Spring 2019 UC Boulder)
  • LAWS 7202 - Environmental Law Examines and analyzes important federal pollution control statutes, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, Solid Waste Act, and Superfund. Considers related economic theory, ethics and policy issues. (Spring 2019 UC Boulder)
  • LAWS 5205 - Legislation and Regulation Introduces lawmaking in the modern administrative state. Examines the way Congress and administrative agencies adopt binding rules of law (statutes and regulations, respectively) and the way that implementing institutions, courts and administrative agencies, interpret and apply these laws. Considers the structure of the modern administrative state, the incentives that influence the behavior of the various actors, and the legal rules that help to structure the relationships among Congress, the agencies and the courts. (Fall 2018 UC Boulder)
  • LAWS 7846 - Independent Legal Research Involves independent study and preparation of a research paper under faculty supervision. Students produce a research paper equivalent to a seminar research paper. a draft is submitted, subjected to critique by the faculty member, and redrafted. Available during or after the fifth semester of law school. Instructor consent required. (Fall 2018 UC Boulder)


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