Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
and Professor of Law
Office: LC 2000E
Campus Phone: 419.530.4107 or 419.530.5597
Fax Number: 419.530.4526
Secretary: Judy Cobb 419.530.5102, Suite 2000
Dean Kilbert, a graduate of Bethany College (B.A.) and the University of Pittsburgh (J.D.), joined the faculty in 2006. He teaches Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Administrative Law, Civil Procedure and Water Law. He also serves as Director of the Legal Institute of the Great Lakes, a multidisciplinary research center within the College of Law.
Prior to joining the faculty, Dean Kilbert was in private practice for more than 20 years, focusing primarily on environmental litigation. He served as lead counsel in a broad range of environmental cases, including enforcement actions under federal and state statutes, cost recovery actions, citizen suits, toxic tort suits, administrative proceedings, arbitrations and mediations. Dean Kilbert is a former chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Section and its Environmental Litigation Committee, and served as Executive Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. He also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law from 2001 to 2006.
Kilbert organizes our annual Great Lakes Water Conferences, coordinates our Environmental Law Certificate program, and frequently speaks and writes on environmental law issues.
Legal Tools for Reducing Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie, 44 U. Tol. L. Rev. 69 (2012) (with T. Tisler & Z. Hohl).
Neither Joint Nor Several: Orphan Shares and Private CERCLA Actions, 41 Environmental Law 1045 (2011).
The Public Trust Doctrine and the Great Lakes Shores, 58 Clev. St. L. Rev. 1 (2010).
Re-Exploring Contribution Under RCRA's Imminent Hazard Provisions, 87 Neb. L. Rev. 420 (2008).
Successor Liability Under CERCLA: Whither Substantial Continuity?, 14 Penn St. Envtl. L. Rev. 1 (2005).
Litigation Strategies for Recovering Environmental Cleanup Costs. (Aspatore Books 2004).
Interpreting Regulations in Environmental Enforcement Cases: Where Agency Deference and Fair Notice Collide, 17 Va. Envtl. L. J. 449 (1998) (with C. Helbling).