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James A. Holtkamp

Adjunct Professor, College of Law, University of Utah

James A. Holtkamp received his B.A. with honors (1972) from Brigham Young University and his J.D. cum laude (1975) from the George Washington University Law School. He has taught as a member of the adjunct faculty at the College of Law since the mid-1990's. He also served on the adjunct faculty at the Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark law School from 1978 to 2001. He was the Manager of the Environmental Compliance Group at Holland & Hart and is resident in the Firm's Salt Lake City office. He has represented industry and government clients in various environmental, natural resources and energy project development issues throughout the United States and overseas. He was the legal advisor for a large international organization in Chile and Argentina.He has spoken and published widely on air quality and climate change in the United States, Canada and Europe. Professor Holtkamp served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (Watergate Committee) and as an attorney for the U.S. Department of the Interior before entering private practice. He is licensed to practice in Utah, Colorado, the Federal District Court for the District of Utah, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a past president of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and served as chair of the Board of Adjustment of Cottonwood Heights City. Professor Holtkamp teaches in the areas of air pollution control and climate change.
SCHOLARSHIP HIGHLIGHTS: Contributing Author, Harnessing Farms and Forests in the Low-Carbon Economy: How to Create, Measure, and Verify Greenhouse Gas Offsets. The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University (2007). Dealing with Climate Change in the United States: The Non-Federal Response, 27 Journal of Land, Resources & Environmental Law 79 (2007). North American Approaches to Climate Changes: Greenhouse Gas Emission Control Strategies, 51 Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Inst. 2-1 (2005). GHG Emissions Trading, Tracking and Monitoring, 13 Environmental Liability 3 (2005). Coal and Air Quality: The Basics of Air Pollution Control and Emissions Trading, 47 Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Inst. 21-1 (2001). Emissions Trading on Local, Regional, National, and International Scales, 2000 Mineral Law Series No. 1, 9-1 (2000). Environmental Laws of Mexico, 46 Mining Engineering 317 (1994).


  • –present
    Adjunct Professor, College of Law, University of Utah