Emeritus Professor of Law


Professor Brian E. Gray graduated from Pomona College, B.A. (1976) and UC Berkeley Law, J.D. (1979). He is the author of numerous books and articles in the fields of environmental law, water resources, public lands and natural resources, property rights and the constitution, and related subjects. He also has argued environmental and water resources cases before the California Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and other courts. Professor Gray is a recipient of the William Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching, the UC Law SF Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Nature Conservancy’s Volunteer Service Award.

Professor Gray retired from UC Law SF in 2015 and now serves as a Senior Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California’s Water Policy Center. For the past decade, he has worked on a series of interdisciplinary studies of California water policy with scientists, engineers, economists, and public policy specialists from the University of California, Stanford, and PPIC. The publications in this series include California Water Myths (2009), Managing California’s Water: From Conflict to Reconciliation (2011), Water and the California Economy (2012), and Where the Wild Things Aren’t: Making the Delta a Better Place for Native Species (2012), Stress Relief: Prescriptions for a Healthier Delta Ecosystem (2013), Integrated Management of Delta Stressors: Institutional and Legal Options (2013), Paying for California’s Water (2014), Paying for California’s Water: The Legal Framework (2014), Allocating California’s Water: Directions for Reform (2015), Improving the Federal Response to Western Drought (2016), Water Stress and a Chaning San Joaquin Valley (2017), Improving the Health of California’s Headwaters Forests (2016), A New Approach to Accounting for Environmental Water (2017), Managing California’s Freshwater Ecosystems: Lessons from the 2012-16 Drought (2017), and Managing Drought in a Changing Climate (2018). He is currently working on a history of water development and water resources policy in the San Joaquin Valley.

Professor Gray also has worked with the UC Law SF Haiti Justice Initiative and New York University’s Center for Human Rights & Global Justice to protect environmental and community interests that are at risk from proposed gold mining in Haiti. He and his colleagues published a report on the topic in 2015: Byen Konte, Mal Kalkile? Human Rights and Environmental Risks of Gold Mining in Haiti.



  1. Pomona College 1976


  2. UC Berkeley 1979



  1. Environmental Law
  2. California Water Resources
  3. Federal and Interstate Water Resources
  4. Property
  5. Takings and the Environment Seminar
  6. Environmental Law Seminar
  7. American West Seminar