Jesse Richardson

Jesse Richardson

Professor of Law
Lead Land Use Attorney

Education

  • B.S., Agricultural Economics, Virginia Tech, magna cum laude
  • M.S., Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech
  • J.D. University of Virginia

Biography

Jesse J. Richardson, Jr. is the Lead Land Use Attorney at the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic and Associate Professor of Law at the West Virginia University College of Law. Before coming to WVU, Jesse was an Associate Professor in Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech, teaching land use law, environmental law, urban growth management and real estate. His research and experience focuses on land use law and water law. Prior to his academic endeavors, Jesse was in private practice in his home town of Winchester, Virginia, first with a large law firm, then as a solo practitioner. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Agricultural Law Association, the Universities Council on Water Resources and the National Cave and Karst Research Institute. He previously served on the Virginia Farmland Protection Task Force and the Virginia Water Policy Technical Advisory Committee. Jesse was honored with the 1999 Professional Scholarship Award from the American Agricultural Law Association, the 2004 William E. Wine Award for a history of teaching Excellence from Virginia Tech (the highest teaching award granted by the university), and the 2009 University Certificate of Excellence in Outreach. He has worked with communities in West Virginia and Virginia on land use planning issues, including issues related to karst and water resources. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Virginia Tech and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Publications

  • Richardson, J. In press.  “A Critical Analysis of the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act,”_pp. _ – __ in S. J. Eagle (ed.), The Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act. Chicago, Illinois: American Bar Association.
  • Richardson, Jr., Jesse J.,  “An Analysis of Exiting Regulation of Exempt Wells in the United States”, Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education (148:1), pp. 3-9 (August 2012).
  • Richardson, J., Dowell, T.,  The Implications of Bounds v. State of New Mexico, Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education(148:1), pp. 17-23 (August 2012).
  • Richardson, J., Bernard, A. C. (2011).  Zoning for Conservation Easements. Duke Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems, 74(4), 83-108. scholarship.law.duke.edu/lcp/vol74/iss4/5
  • Richardson, J. (2011).  Dillon’s Rule is From Mars, Home Rule is From Venus: Local Government Autonomy and the Rules of Statutory Construction. Publius: the Journal of Federalism/Oxford University Press, 41(4), 662-685.
  • Richardson, Jr., Jesse J., “Conservation Easements and Adaptive Management”, 3(1) Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal pp. 31-58 (Summer 2010).
  • Richardson, Jr., Jesse J., “Conservation Easements and Ethics”, San Joaquin Journal of Agricultural Law, Vol. 17, pp. 38-58 (2008).
  • Dymersky, Michael A., and Jesse J. Richardson, Jr., “Blankenship v. the City of Richmond: The Antithesis of Judicial Review”, Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. XXXVII, Number 7, pp. 10472-10482 (July 2007).
  • Richardson, Jesse J., Jr., “Beyond Fairness: What Really Works to Protect Farmland”, Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, Vol. 12, pp. 163-83 (2007).
  • Richardson, Jesse J., Jr., “Nuisance or NIMBY? Land Application of Biosolids”, Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, December, 2007.
  • Geyer, L. Leon, Jesse J. Richardson, Jr. and Sara Breakiron, “Windfarms: Windfall or Wipeout?”, Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, June, 2007.
  • Mortimer, Michael J., Jesse J. Richardson, Jr., Jeffrey S. Huff and Harry L. Haney, Jr., “A Survey of Forestland Conservation Easements in the United States: Implications for Forestland Owners and Managers”, Small-scale Forestry, published on-line February 21, 2007 at < http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11842-007-9003-5>, print publication forthcoming (Publisher: Springer Netherlands).
  • Richardson, Jr., Jesse J., “Judge Dillon and Karst: Limitations on Local Regulation of Karst Hazards”, in Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, Barry Beck, Ed., American Society of Civil Engineers (2005)
  • Richardson, Jr., Jesse J. and Terri Brown, Non-Regulatory Approaches to Development in Karst”, in Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, Barry Beck, Ed., American Society of Civil Engineers (2005).
  • Richardson, Jesse J., Jr., “Local land use regulation of karst in the United States”, Geotechnical and Environmental Applications of Karst Geology and Hydrology, Proceedings of the Ninth Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impact of Karst, Balkema Publishers, Lisse, The Netherlands (2003).
  • Richardson, Jesse J., Jr., “Downzoning, Fairness and Farmland Protection”, Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law, Vol. 19:1, pp. 59-90 (Fall, 2003).
  • Richardson, Jesse J., Jr., “Legal Impediments to utilizing groundwater as a municipal water supply source in karst terrain in the United States”, Environmental Geology (2002).
  • Richardson, Jesse J., Jr., “Legal Impediments to utilizing groundwater as a municipal water supply source in karst terrain in the United States”, Geotechnical and Environmental Applications of Karst Geology and Hydrology, Proceedings of the Eighth Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impact of Karst, Balkema Publishers, Lisse, The Netherlands (2001), pp. 253-258.
  • Richardson, Jesse J., Jr., and Theodore A. Feitshans, “Nuisance Revisited After Buchanan and Borman”, 5 Drake University Journal of Agricultural Law 121(2000).
  • Richardson, Jesse J., Jr., and L. Leon Geyer, “Ten Limitations to Ponder On Farm Limited Liability Companies”, 4 Drake University Journal of Agricultural Law 197 (1999).
  • Richardson, Jesse J., Jr. “How a Sole Practitioner Uses the Electronic Office to Maintain a Competitive Law Practice”, 3 Drake University Agricultural Law Journal 141 (1998).
  • Richardson, Jesse J., Jr. “Maximizing Tax Benefits for Farmers and Ranchers Implementing Conservation and Environmental Plans”, 48 University of Oklahoma Law Review 449 (1995).

Teaching Experience

  • Lead Land Use Attorney, West Virginia University College of Law, 2012-present.
  • Associate Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech, 2004-present.
  • Assistant Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech, 1998-2004.
  • Adjunct Lecturer, University of Virginia School of Law, 1997.

Professional Experience

  • Attorney, Law Offices of Jesse J. Richardson, Jr., P.C., 1993-1998.
  • Summer Law Clerk, Hazel & Thomas, P. C., Summer 1986.
  • Associate Attorney, Hazel & Thomas, P. C.,1987-1991.
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