Autumn Bernhardt
Environmental and Natural Resources Policy Specialization Lead • Senior Instructor

​SEEC S379
Fall 2021 Office Hours: Wednesdays 9:00-11:00 by appointment only. 

Autumn Bernhardt has a lifetime of experience working with the land and over twenty years of experience with Environmental Law. Autumn previously taught Indigenous environmental stewardship, social justice, and government courses at Colorado State University. In addition to a teaching career, Professor Bernhardt ran a sustainable livestock operation and served as a Colorado Assistant Attorney General, Tribal Attorney for the White Mountain Apache Tribe, and Judicial Law Clerk.

Most notably, Autumn Bernhardt served as counsel in a number of U.S. Supreme Court, Federal Court, and Colorado Supreme Court cases and has worked on water conservation, and tribal outdoor recreation and wildlife management plans. Professor Bernhardt was lead counsel in U.S. Supreme Court litigation related to an interstate water compact dispute between three states, and was also involved in sacred land and public land litigation.

Additional work has been featured in five book collections, including Vision & Place, Beyond Queer Words, Grazing the Fire, Bawaajigan, and Blood, Water, Wind & Stone, as well as a host of other international and national publications. Autumn holds a J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School and has several current projects that focus on the connection between law and culture.