Duane Rudolph joined the University of Maine School of Law as an associate professor in August 2020. His extensive research focuses on remedies, employment discrimination law, labor law, property law, and water law.

Before joining Maine Law, Professor Rudolph was a visiting assistant professor of law at Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China. He has also served as the Reginald F. Lewis Fellow for Law Teaching and as a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School, where he co-founded a study group focused on water law. Before the fellowship, he worked in private practice in New York City, focusing on labor and employment matters and complex commercial litigation. In this role he was recognized for his pro bono service.

Professor Rudolph received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an inaugural winner of the Student Paper Prize in Political Economy. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Romance Studies from Cornell University, where he was the inaugural winner of the Award for Outstanding Service as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. He received his B.A. Honors (First Class) from the University of Zimbabwe, where he was the recipient of travel scholarships from the French and Portuguese governments and studied in La Réunion, France and Maputo, Mozambique.

Prior to law school, Professor Rudolph taught in the humanities at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.


Selected Publications:

Of Moral Outrage in Judicial Opinions, 26 WM. & MARY J. OF RACE, GENDER, & SOC. JUST. 335 (2020). [SSRN]

When Should Water Belong to the Public? 2019 MICH. ST. L. REV. 1389 (2019). [SSRN]

Workers, Dignity, and Equitable Tolling, 15 NW. J. INT’L  HUM. RTS. (2017). [SSRN]

Why Prior Appropriation Needs Equity, 18 U. DENV. WATER L. REV. 348 (2015). [SSRN]


How Violence Killed an American Labor Union, 67 RUTGERS L.J. 1407 (2015). [SSRN]

How Equity and Custom Transformed American Waste Law, 2 CHARLOTTE SCHOOL OF LAW PROPERTY JOURNAL 1 (2015). [SSRN]