Professor Sanne H. Knudsen received a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan, where she graduated Order of the Coif and was a member of the Michigan Law Review. After graduating from law school, she clerked for the Honorable Ronald M. Gould on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Knudsen went on to practice law in the area of environmental litigation at Faegre & Benson in Minneapolis, and Sidley, Austin Brown & Wood in Chicago. While at Faegre, Professor Knudsen represented numerous environmental public interest organizations on a pro bono basis. Her clients included Defenders of Wildlife, the Humane Society of the United States, Sierra Club, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, and Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness.
After leaving law practice, Professor Knudsen became a Visiting Assistant Professor that the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. While in Utah, she taught Natural Resources Law, Environmental Practice, and Wildlife Law. She also supervised clinical students in conjunction with the Western Resource Advocates Environmental Law Clinic.
Professor Knudsen joined the UW law school faculty in 2011. She teaches Natural Resources Law and Civil Procedure. Her scholarship focuses on incorporating ecological and other scientific principles into natural resource laws. Most recently, her work entitled "Remedying the Misuse of Nature" suggests the expansion of natural resource damages as a means of remedying damages to ecosystem services on both public and private lands.