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Michael P. Healy is the Charles S. Cassis Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. He began teaching at the College of Law in 1990 and teaches courses in Administrative Law, Environmental Law, International Environmental Law, Legislation, and Torts. He received his undergraduate degree cum laude in Chemistry from Williams College and his law degree magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was Articles Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and was elected to membership in the Order of the Coif. Professor Healy is a co-author of the casebook, Administrative Law, published by Aspen. He is working on a fourth edition of the text. His articles on public law have appeared in a number of journals, including the George Mason Law Review, the William and Mary Law Review, the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and the Ecology Law Quarterly. Professor Healy has served as a Fulbright lecturer at Xiamen University in the People’s Republic of China for the Spring 2004 semester and as a Visiting Lecturer at Coventry University, England, for the Spring 1997 semester.

Professor Healy served as the College’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2004-2008.  He is currently serving as the University’s Academic Ombud. He began serving in this position in 2014.

Prior to entering law teaching, Professor Healy practiced as an attorney with the Appellate Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1987-1990, and as an associate with Shea & Gardner in Washington, D.C., from 1985-1987. Before beginning his law practice, Professor Healy was a law clerk for Judge Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1984-1985.


  • Administrative Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Statutory Interpretation


  • Law 920 Administrative Law
  • Law 898 Environmental Law
  • Law 923 International Environmental Law
  • Law 976 Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet Externship
  • Law 927 Legislation
  • Law 805 Torts
Books & Book Chapters
  • Administrative Law (3d ed., Aspen 2012) (with John M. Rogers & Ronald J. Krotoszynski, Jr.).
  • Teacher's Manual for Administrative Law (3d ed., Aspen 2012) (with John M. Rogers & Ronald J. Krotoszynski, Jr.).
  • Administrative Law (2d ed., Aspen 2008) (with John M. Rogers & Ronald J. Krotoszynski, Jr.).
  • Teacher's Manual for Administrative Law (2d ed., Aspen 2008) (with John M. Rogers & Ronald J. Krotoszynski, Jr.).
  • Administrative Law (Aspen 2003) (with John M. Rogers & Ronald J. Krotoszynski, Jr.).
  • Teacher's Manual for Administrative Law (Aspen 2003) (with John M. Rogers & Ronald J. Krotoszynski, Jr.).
Scholarly Articles

Scholarship is available for download at Michael P. Healy's SelectedWorks page.

  • Means and Ends in City of Arlington v. FCC: Ignoring the Lawyer's Craft to Reshape the Scope of Chevron Deference, 76 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 391 (2015).
  • The Past, Present and Future of Auer Deference: Mead, Form and Function in Judicial Review of Agency Interpretations of Regulations, 62 Kan. L. Rev. 633 (2014).
  • Reconciling Chevron, Mead, and the Review of Agency Discretion: Source of Law and the Standards of Judicial Review, 19 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 1 (2011).
  • The Sustainable Development Principle in United States Environmental Law, 2 Geo. Wash. J. Energy & Envtl. L. 19 (2011).
  • Florida East Coast Railway and the Structure of Administrative Law, 58 Admin. L. Rev 1039 (2006).
  • Law, Policy, and the Clean Water Act:  The Courts, the Bush Administration, and the Statute's Uncertain Reach, 55 Ala. L. Rev. 695 (2004).
  • Spurious Interpretation Redux: Mead and the Shrinking Domain of Statutory Ambiguity, 54 Admin. L. Rev. 673 (2002).
  • Information Based Regulation and International Trade in Genetically Modified Agricultural Products: An Evaluation of The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, 9 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol. 205 (2002).
  • Textualism’s Limits on the Administrative State: Of Isolated Waters, Barking Dogs, and Chevron, 31 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10,928 (2001).
  • Communis Opinio and the Methods of Statutory Interpretation: Interpreting Law or Changing Law, 43 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 539 (2001).
  • Standing in Environmental Citizen Suits: Laidlaw’s Clarification of the Injury-in-Fact and Redressability Requirements, 30 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10,455 (2000).
  • Book Review, 4 Asia Pacific J. Envtl. L. 191 (1999) (review of Policy Making in an Era of Global Environmental Change (R.E. Munn, J. W. M. la Riviere & N. van Lookeren Campagne, eds. 1996)).
  • Legislative Intent and Statutory Interpretation in England and the United States: An  Assessment of the Impact of Pepper v. Hart, 35 Stan. J. Int’l L. 231 (1999).
  • An American Lawyer's Reflections on Pepper v. Hart, 2 Cov. L.J. 1 (1997).
  • Still Dirty After Twenty-Five Years: Water Quality Standard Enforcement and the Availability of Citizen Suits, 24 Ecology L.Q. 393 (1997).
  • England's Contaminated Land Act of 1995: Perspectives on America's Approach to  Hazardous Substance Cleanups And Evolving Principles of International Law, 13 J.  Nat. Resources & Envtl. L. 289 (1997-1998).
  • Book Review, 27 Growth and Change 504 (1996) (reviewing Joel A. Mintz, Enforcement at the EPA: High Stakes and Hard Choices (1995)).
  • The Attraction and Limits of Textualism: The Supreme Court Decision in PUD No. 1 of Jefferson County v. Washington Dep't of Ecology, 5 N.Y.U. Envtl. L.J. 382-443  (1996).
  • The Effectiveness and Fairness of Superfund's Judicial Review Preclusion Provision, 15 Va. Envtl. L.J. 271 (1995-96).
  • Judicial Review and CERCLA Response Actions: Interpretive Strategies in the Face of Plain Meaning, 17 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 1-95 (1993).
  • The Preemption of State Hazardous and Solid Waste Regulations: The Dormant Commerce Clause Awakens Once More, 43 Wash. U. J. Urb. & Contemp. L. 177 (1993). 
  • Direct Liability for Hazardous Substance Cleanups Under CERCLA: A Comprehensive Approach, 42 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 65 (1992).
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