John-Mark Stensvaag

Professor John-Mark Stensvaag

Charlotte and Frederick Hubbell Professor of Environmental and Natural Resources Law

BA, Augsburg College, 1969
JD, Harvard University, 1974


  • ISBA Last Lecture: "Lawyers and the Arc of History," presented October 15, 2009.  Available as a podcast.
  • "Preventing Significant Deterioration Under the Clean Air Act: New Facility Permit Triggers,"  38 Environmental Law Reporter 1003 (2008), 18 pages.
  • Seminar Materials on Environmental Citizen Suits,   (1998), 745 pages.

John-Mark Stensvaag is the Charlotte and Frederick Hubbell Professor of Environmental and Natural Resources Law at the University of Iowa College of Law, where he teaches Environmental Law, Citizen Enforcement of Environmental Laws, Civil Procedure, and Evidence. He is the author of Materials on Environmental Law, a casebook published by West Group, and is also the author of two, multi-volume treatises published by Aspen Law & Business: Hazardous Waste Law and Practice, and Clean Air Act: Law and Practice (co-authored with Professor Craig N. Oren).

In addition to his extensive writings on hazardous waste and air pollution law, he has published an electronic book, Seminar Materials on Environmental Citizen Suits, and comprehensive articles on the regulation of radioactive air emissions at nuclear generating facilities, on State environmental audit privileges, and on the Clean Air Act's Prevention of Significant Deterioration program.

Professor Stensvaag received his BA degree, summa cum laude, from Augsburg College in 1969 and his JD degree, magna cum laude, from the Harvard University School of Law in 1974. At Harvard, he was a Danforth Graduate Fellow and an Environmental Protection Agency Fellow, and served as Senior Editor on the Harvard Law Review. He clerked for Judge Gerald W. Heaney of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, from 1974 to 1975, and for Judge Earl R. Larson, of the United States District Court for Minnesota, from 1975 to 1976. From 1976 to 1979, Professor Stensvaag served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, representing that agency in the Reserve Mining air and water pollution litigation, in proceedings before the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and in hazardous waste litigation.

From 1979 to 1987, prior to joining the faculty at Iowa, Professor Stensvaag taught at the Vanderbilt University School of Law. During his more than thirty years at Vanderbilt and Iowa, Professor Stensvaag has received four awards for teaching excellence, including University of Iowa Collegiate Teaching Awards in 1989 and 2002 and the University of Iowa's President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence in 2005.