Dean Hill Rivkin

Dean Rivkin
  • College of Law Distinguished Professor of Law

  • A.B., 1968, Hamilton College
    J.D., 1971, Vanderbilt University

  • Location: Room 382
  • Phone Number: 865-974-1481
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  • Courses Taught: Public Interest Lawyering, Public Interest Practicum, Environmental Law and Policy, Environmental Justice and Community Lawyering, Advocacy for Children and Families, Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation, Legal Profession, Legal Clinic


Publications of Dean Hill Rivkin

Professor Rivkin brings to the classroom hands-on experience in a variety of legal areas.

During his years as a member of the UT faculty, he has been an advocate for the rights of children and families, a protector of the environment, and a supporter of public interest law. Professor Rivkin has been counsel in public interest litigation concerning such issues as air pollution and TVA, a challenge to the Tennessee Barratry Statute, the defense of the Tennessee Surface Owner Protection Act, the rights of children in special education, and the right to education for students who are expelled from school. He was a member of the Southern Appalachian Mountain Initiative, a comprehensive effort to combat the adverse effects of air pollution on the national parks and wilderness areas in the Southeast.

Professor Rivkin is a frequent presenter of programs on clinical legal education and the rights of disabled school children, and he has delivered papers to ABA and AALS conferences on clinical education and public interest law. During 2004 he also has lectured on environmental law at four universities in China. Since 2000, he has served as Director of the AALS Equal Justice Project. He served as a member of the AALS Membership Review Committee from 2009-2012.

Professor Rivkin has served as a visiting professor at the UCLA Law School, the University of Maryland Law School, American University Washington College of Law, and, in 2002 and 2004, at Harvard Law School.



Biography of Dean Hill Rivkin

 Books, Chapters & Other Publications

Equal Justice Bibliography (Association of American Law Schools, Equal Justice Project) (2000).

Rivkin & McGee, Disability Advocacy in Juvenile Delinquency Representation, A Practical Guide for Juvenile Defense (1997).

The Environmental Impact Assessment Process, Administrative Decision-making, Citizen Advocacy, and the Courts, in The Role of Environmental Impact Assessment in the Decision-making Process (H. Paschen, ed., 1989).

TVA, The Courts, and the Public Interest, in TVA: Fifty Years of Grass-Roots Bureaucracy(P. Conkin & E. Hargrove, eds., Univ. of Illinois Press, 1983).

Remarks on Teaching and Testing Clinical Skills, in Legal Education and Lawyers Competency: Curricula for Change (F. Dutile, ed., Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 1981).


Articles & Other Works

Elisa Hyman, Dean Hill Rivkin, Stephen Rosenbaum, How IDEA Fails Families Without Means: Causes and Corrections from the Frontlines of Special Education Lawyering, 20 A.U. J. of Gender, Social Policy & the Law 107 (2011).

Dean Hill Rivkin, Truancy Prosecutions and the Right [To] Education, 3 Duke Forum for Law & Social Change, 139 (2011).

Kotkin & Rivkin, Clinical Legal Education At a Generational Crossroads: Reflections From Two Boomers, 17 Clinical L. Rev. 197 (2010).

Rivkin & Irwin, Strip-Mining and Grassroots Resistance In Appalachia: Community Lawyering For Environmental Justice, 2 Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal 101 (2010).

Rivkin,  Decriminalizing Students With Disabilities, 54 New York Law School Law Review 909 (2010).

Rivkin, Legal Advocacy and Education Reform: Litigating School Exclusion, 75 Tennessee Law Review 265 (2008).

Rivkin, Environmental Justice: A Universal Discourse, 24 Temple Journal of Science, Technology & Environmental Law 249 (2005)

Association of American Law Schools, Report of the Equal Justice Project (2002).

Pursuing Equal Justice: Law Schools and the Position of Legal Services (2002).

AALS Project Provides Forum for Collaborative Thinking and Action, 5 ABA Dialogue 1 (2001).

Lawyering, Power, and Reform: The Legal Campaign to Abolish the Broadform Mineral Deed, 66 Tenn. L. Rev. 467 (1999).

Lawyering, Power, and Reform: The Legal Campaign to Abolish the Broadform Mineral Deed, 66 Tenn. L. Rev. 467 (1999).

Lawyering for Reform: Is the Highway Alive Tonight,” 64 Tenn. L. Rev. 1065 (1995).

Doing Environmental Justice in Appalachia: Lawyers at The Grassroots and Aspirations of Social Change, 96 W. Va. L. Rev. 1109 (1994).

The Evolution of In-House Clinical Field Work Programs, in ABA National Conference on Professional Skills and Legal Education, 19 N. Mex. Law R. 42 (1989).

The Reform Mission of Clinical Legal Education, in panel discussion, Clinical Legal Education: Reflections on the Past Fifteen Years and Aspirations for the Future, 36 Cath. L. Rev. 340 (1987).

The TVA Air Pollution Conflict: The Dynamics of Public Law Advocacy, 49 Tenn. L. Rev. 843 (1982).

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