Distinguished Senior Lecturer

Ms. Rawlins has been teaching inter-disciplinary law and planning classes at the University of Texas since 1996 and chairs the joint degree program (CRP/LAW). Ms Rawlins received the University of Texas, School of Architecture Outstanding Scholar Award (2013-2014), and her work was selected in a campus wide competition among all disciplines for the 2014 University Co-OP Robert W. Hamilton Best Research Paper Award.  (UT Press Release: http://news.utexas.edu/2014/03/27/hydraulic-fracturing-texas)
Rachael Rawlins received her Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction at UC Berkeley, her Master's in City and Regional Planning from UNC Chapel Hill, and her law degree with honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Rawlins is member of the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Texas. She has served as a Planning Commissioner and has practiced both law and planning working with neighborhood planning coalitions, non-profit environmental groups, private law firms, and local and state government. Ms. Rawlins’ publications include the following:

Planning for Fracking on the Barnett Shale: Soil and Water Contamination Concerns, and the Role of Local Government, 44 Environmental Law 135 (2014); 

Planning for Fracking on the Barnett Shale: Urban Air Pollution, Improving Health Based Regulation, and the Role of Local Government, 31 University of Virginia Environmental Law Journal, 226 (2013).

Proposition 65, Restructuring the Regulatory Framework: Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Lessons from the Review and Potential Regulation of BPA, 68 NYU Annual Survey of American Law 185 (2012)

Sustainable Buildings and Communities: Climate Change and the Case for Federal Standards, 19 Cornell J. L. & Pub. Pol’y 335 (2010)

Teething on Toxics: In Search of Regulatory Solutions for Toys and Cosmetics, 20 Fordham Envtl. Law Rev. 1 (2009)

Institutionalizing the Mitigated FONSI: A Precautionary Tale, 37 ELR 10675 (2007)

Texas Smart Growth, in Smart Growth Policies: An Evaluation of Programs and Outcomes 16, 220-232 (G. Ingram, A. Carbonell et. al. eds., Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, 2009) (Book Chapter, co-authors: Robert Paterson, Rachael Rawlins, Fredrick Steiner and Ming Zhang)


  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1986
  • M.C.R.P., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1991
  • J.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1993
  • Land Use
  • Environmental
  • and Cultural Resource Management Law and Dispute Resolution
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