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J.S.D., Columbia University, 2002

LL.M., Columbia University, 1995

J.D., University of Wisconsin, 1990

B.A., Political Science (and Community Health), Tufts University, 1985



Heidi Gorovitz Robertson is the Steven W. Percy Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of Student Success at the CSU College of Law.  She holds a joint appointment with Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Public Affairs and Education, where she is Professor of Environmental Studies. She earned her B.A. degree from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, her J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin) and her LL.M and J.S.D. degrees from Columbia University (New York, New York).  After serving as a judicial intern for Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, she practiced environmental law at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman) in San Francisco, California and Washington, D.C.  Robertson’s courses include Environmental Law, International Environmental Law, Property Law, Legislation and the Regulatory State and other environment and energy-related courses and seminars. 

Robertson has published numerous law review articles on environmental law, energy law and property law topics. She has been a guest blogger for Crainn’s Cleveland Business, focusing on the environmental and property-related issues pertaining to the regulation of the shale oil and gas industry, and is the author of “Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Environmental Law” (forthcoming Wolters Kluwer). She is currently working on the second in a series of articles concerning regulatory issues in shale oil and gas development.

Robertson has been awarded the McNair Scholars Mentor of the Year Award and the Wilson G. Stapleton Award for Faculty Excellence and is a consistent recipient of CSU faculty merit recognition awards. In recent years, Robertson has earned two Fulbright grants, one which took her to Uppsala University in Sweden and the other which sent her to Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University in Lucknow, India and the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies in Dehradun, India. In addition to teaching in the U.S., she has taught both graduate and undergraduate law students in England, Russia, Sweden, India and Spain.