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Steve Clowney

Steve Clowney

Professor of Law

School of Law


Phone: 479-575-5601

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Professor Stephen Clowney joined the law faculty in 2014. Before moving to Arkansas, he held the Frost Brown & Todd endowed professorship at the University of Kentucky. At the U of A, Professor Clowney teaches Property, Land Use, Trusts & Estates, and a seminar on Race & the Law.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Clowney served as a Law Clerk in the Chambers of the Hon. Ruggero J. Aldisert, in Santa Barbara, California. He has also worked as a legal consultant in Hawaii, a college admissions officer, and a gravedigger.

His main areas of research include zoning regulations, the history of cities, handwritten wills, and the presence of violence in informal property systems. Professor Clowney’s other interests revolve around the Pittsburgh Steelers, surfing, bad fantasy adventure novels, and Irish punk music.

He received his A.B. cum laude from Princeton University in 2000 and his J.D. from Yale University in 2006, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Can Property Principles Save International Law?, JOTWELL (April 18, 2016) (reviewing Joseph Blocher & G. Mitu Gulati, A Market for Sovereign Control, Duke L.J. (forthcoming 2016).

Boundary Work in Black Middle-Class Communities, 2 Savannah L. Rev. 225 (2015) (invited contribution).

Rule of Flesh and Bone: The Dark Side of Informal Property Rights, 2015 U. Ill. L. Rev. 59.

Landscape Fairness: Removing Discrimination From the Built Environment, 2013 Utah L. Rev. 1.

Doing Affirmative Action, 111 Mich. L. Rev. First Impressions 27 (2013).

Property in Law: Government Rights in Legal Innovations, 72 Ohio St. L.J. 1 (2011) .

Invisible Businessman: Undermining Black Enterprise With Land Use Rules, 2009 U. Ill. L. Rev. (1061).

In Their Own Hand: An Analysis Homemade Willmaking, 43 Real. Prop. Prob. & Tr. L.J. 27 (2008).

Logic for Law Students: How to Think Like a Lawyer, 69 Pitt. L. Rev. 1 (2007) (coauthor).

Comment, An Empirical Look at Churches in the Zoning Process, 116 Yale L.J. 859 (2007).

Note, Environmental Ethics and Cost-Benefit Analysis, 18 Fordham Envtl. L. Rev. 105 (2007).

Note, A Walk Along Willard: A Revised Look at Land Use Coordination in Pre-Zoning New Haven, 115 Yale L.J. 116 (2005).