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Sara Rollet Gosman

Sara Rollet Gosman

Associate Professor of Law

(LAWD)-Dean of Law

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Phone: 479-575-3886

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Sara Gosman is an associate professor at the School of Law, where she teaches and conducts research in the areas of environmental and energy law. She is an expert on the laws governing the risks of energy pipelines. Her research, which explores the ways in which uncertainty about risk creates both challenges and opportunities for energy policy, has been published in the Ohio State Law Journal, the Georgia Law Review, and the Temple Law Review. She has presented at law schools such as Vanderbilt, George Washington University, and the University of Colorado. She is regularly interviewed by media across the United States.   

Since 2016, she has represented the public on the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee, a federal advisory committee to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation. She is also the President of the Board of Directors for the Pipeline Safety Trust, a non-profit organization devoted to pipeline safety. From 2017-2018, she was a member of a National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine committee on the safety of propane gas facilities.

Prior to joining the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2014, she was a lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School. She has also practiced as a water resources attorney at the National Wildlife Federation and as an assistant attorney general in the environmental division of the Michigan Department of Attorney General. She clerked for Chief Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the Northern District of California. She has been both a Luce Scholar in Vietnam and a Fulbright Scholar in Hungary.

She received an A.B. with high honors from Princeton University and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she was senior editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. She also holds a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University.

Law Reviews

"Privatizing Public Communication about Risk" (work-in-progress).

"The Risk Governance of Gathering Pipelines" (work-in-progress).

"Planning for Failure: Pipelines, Risk, and the Energy Revolution," Ohio State Law Journal (forthcoming 2020). [SSRN]

"Framing Energy Resiliency," Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law (forthcoming 2019).

"Justifying Safety: The Paradox of Rationality," 90 Temple Law Review 155 (2018). [SSRN]

"Reflecting Risk: Chemical Disclosure and Hydraulic Fracturing," 48 Georgia Law Review 83 (2013). [SSRN]

Peer-Reviewed Reports

"Safety Regulation for Small LPG Distribution Systems: A Consensus Study Report," TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD, NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, AND MEDICINE (2018) (with the Committee for a Study on Propane Gas Pipeline Facilities). [link]

"Chemical Use," in High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan: Integrated Assessment Final Report 85–112, GRAHAM SUSTAINABILITY INSTITUTE (2015) (lead author, with Ryan Lewis and Diana Bowman). [link]