College of Law

Kenneth Kilbert

Kenneth Kilbert

Professor of Law

Office: LC 2007C
Campus Phone: 419.530.5597
Fax Number: 419.530.4526

High resolution image

Professor 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, Professor 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. Professor 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.

Professor Kilbert organizes our annual Great Lakes Water Conferences, coordinates our Environmental Law Certificate program, and frequently speaks and writes on environmental law issues. He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2012 to 2015. In 2018 Professor Kilbert received the University’s Edith Rathbun Outreach and Engagement Excellence Award.


Selected Publications

Distressed Watershed: A Designation To Ease the Algae Crisis in Lake Erie and Beyond, 124 Dickinson L. Rev. 1 (2019).

Instant Replay and Interlocutory Appeals, 69 Baylor L. Rev. 267 (2017).

Moving Forward: Legal Solutions to Lake Erie’s Harmful Algal Blooms, (2015) (with J. Tuholske).

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).


Professor Kilbert's SSRN page


Last Updated: 7/13/20