Howard M. Shanker

Adjunct Professor of Law

Howard M. Shanker of The Shanker Law Firm, PLC teaches upper level courses in environmental justice and environment litigation at the College of Law. He has represented Native American Tribes, Native American organizations and elders, communities, and environmental organizations in complex constitutional, statutory, environmental, and natural resource based counseling and litigation for about 20 years. Professor Shanker recently represented a delegation of Navajos testifying before Congress on uranium contamination on the Navajo Nation. He has also worked closely with a number Tribes and environmental organizations on sacred/wholly site protection.

Professor Shanker served a three-year term, as an appointee of President Clinton, on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, Enforcement Subcommittee and has represented minority and indigent communities to ensure an equal application of and protection under the law. He helped to create federal precedent for the protection of desert washes, protected Goshawk habitat and the status of the Desert Nesting Bald Eagle. He also has litigated issues of Native American tribal sovereignty, and helped to protect the Grand Canyon and Oak Creek from unwarranted development.

Professor Shanker is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Arizona, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania (inactive), and also is admitted in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Hopi Tribal Courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court.


MPA, Pace University

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center