Professor of Law
Kathryn Kovacs
Rutgers Law School
217 N 5th St
Camden, NJ 08102

Kathryn Kovacs joined the faculty in 2011 after 12 years in the Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division where she wrote more than 100 appellate and Supreme Court briefs and argued more than 60 appeals. She also served as Senior Advisor in the Department of the Interior. She teaches administrative law, natural resources law and property.


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Professor Kovacs teaches Administrative Law, Natural Resources Law, Environmental Law, and Property.

Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty in 2011, she spent twelve years in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, Appellate Section.  She wrote more than 100 appellate and Supreme Court briefs and argued more than sixty appeals in all thirteen of the federal circuit courts of appeals, twice en banc, and in three state supreme courts. Her cases covered a wide range of areas including environmental, administrative, and constitutional law, both civil and criminal.  

In 2016, Professor Kovacs was a political appointee serving as Senior Advisor to the Director of the Bureau of Land Management in the U.S. Department of the Interior. She also spent three years litigating primarily constitutional claims as an attorney in the Baltimore City Law Department, and she clerked for the Honorable Robert C. Murphy, former Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals. Professor Kovacs is a cum laude graduate of Yale University and the Georgetown University Law Center.  


Rules About Rulemaking and the Rise of the Unitary Executive, 70 Admin. L. Rev. 515 (2018).

Fomenting Authoritarianism Through Rules About Rulemaking, in The Frontiers of Public Law (forthcoming).

Brief of Amici Curiae Takings and Federal Courts Scholars in Support of Respondents, Knick v. Township of Scott, No. 17-647 (U.S. Aug. 6, 2018).

Goldberg v. Kelly, in Leading Cases in Administrative Law (forthcoming).

Scalia's Bargain, 77 Ohio St. L.J. 1155 (2016).

Pixelating Administrative Common Law in Mortgage Bankers, Yale L.J. F. 31 (2015).

Abandoning Administrative Common Law in Mortgage Bankers, 95 B.U. L. Rev. Annex 1 (2015).

Hobby Lobby and the Zero-Sum Game, 92 Wash. U. L. Rev. 255 (2014).

Superstatute Theory and Administrative Common Law, 90 Indiana L.J. 1207(2015).  

Eagles, Indian Tribes, and the Free Exercise of Religion, 47 Loyola L.A. L. Rev. 53 (2013).

Leveling the Deference Playing Field, 90 Oregon L. Rev. 583 (2011).

A History of the Military Authority Exception in the Administrative Procedure Act, 62Admin. L. Rev. 673 (2010).   

Revealing Redundancy: The Collision Between Federal Sovereign Immunity and Nonstatutory Review, 54 Drake L. Rev. 77 (Fall 2005), republished in Chinese in 29 Admin. Action and Admin. Litig. 510 (2008).   

Accepting the Relegation of Taking Claims to State Courts: The Federal Courts’ Misguided Attempts to Avoid Preclusion under Williamson County, 26 Ecology Law Quarterly1(1999).   

Recognizing Gay and Lesbian Families: Marriage and Parental Rights, 5 Tulane Journal of Law and Sexuality 513 (1995).


  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Environmental Law
  • Indian Law
  • Religion (Law &)