Professor Rodgers began teaching at the UW School of Law in 1967, spent seven years at Georgetown University Law School, and returned to the UW in 1979. Professor Rodgers specializes in natural resource law and is recognized as a founder of environmental law. He teaches Environmental Law, and Oceans and Coastal Law. Professor Rodgers is actively involved in the Environmental Law and Litigation course, as well as the Berman Environmental Law Clinic. He has produced the first volume of his two-volume treatise entitled Environmental Law in Indian Country (Thomson West 2005) and co-authored the recently published The Si'lailo Way: Salmon, Indians and Law on the Columbia River (Carolina Academic Press 2006). He has been actively involved in the Exxon Valdez "reopener," including publishing The Exxon Valdez Reopener: Natural Resource Damage Settlements, and Roads Not Taken, in the Alaska Law Review.
The topics of his seminars have included Puget Sound, the Duwamish River, Hanford, sacred Native American sites, and forest practices. Professor Rodgers was selected as the UW recipient of the Bloedel Professorship of Law from 1987-92. In 1999, Professor Rodgers was selected as the first UW Stimson Bullitt Professor of Environmental Law and is serving his second five-year appointment. He is admitted to the bar in New York, Washington, and the District of Columbia and has appeared in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Indian tribes. Professor Rodgers recently served on the committee for Defining Best Available Sciences for Fisheries Management with The National Academies. He completed a six-year term as a member of the Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology, National Academy of Sciences.