Don Zillman specializes in energy law and military law. He has written over 50 law review articles and been the author/editor on 14 books in those areas. At Maine Law, Professor Zillman has taught Property, Constitutional Law, Torts, Environmental Law, Energy Law, Military Law, and Legal Writing.
For two decades, Professor Zillman has been a member of the International Bar Association’s Academic Advisory Group on energy law. Most recently, the group wrote Sharing the Costs and Benefits of Energy and Resource Activity (Barrera-Hernndez, Barton, Godden, Lucas, and Ronne) and The Law of Energy Underground (Zillman, McHarg, Barerra-Hernandez, Bradbrook, Oxford University Press 2014). Drawing on the work of 35 authors from 22 countries, the book studies the legal impacts of such developments as oil and gas fracking, carbon capture and storage, disposal of nuclear wastes, and geothermal energy. Professor Zillman served as the Lead Editor on the Energy Underground project.
In the spring of 2018, Professor Zillman and Elizabeth Elsbach ‘16 co-authored their second book on World War I, Living the World War: A Weekly Exploration of the American Experience in World War I—Volume Two. This completes their two-volume study of the American experience during the War years. This book, along with Volume I, are published by Vandeplas Publishing. Professor Zillman has presented to a variety of audiences on Living the World War, including at the University of Wisconsin, the Maine Historical Society, the Osher Map Library, the University of Maine, and the Kennebunk Rotary Club.
Professor Zillman’s interest in the constitutional governance of the military stems from his 16 years of active and reserve service in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. His books and articles cover a wide variety of military topics. He has also served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Military Academy (West Point).
Prior to coming to Maine Law, Professor Zillman served on the law faculties at Arizona State University and the University of Utah, where he was director of the School’s Energy Law Center. He served as the fourth Dean of Maine Law, from 1991-98. He served as Interim Provost and Academic Vice President of the University of Maine from 1999-2000, and as Interim President of the University of Maine at Fort Kent in 2001-2002. Professor Zillman took over as President at the Presque Isle campus in 2006. He returned to Maine Law as the Edward S. Godfrey Professor of Law in January 2014.
Professor Zillman is the current president of the Portland Rotary Club.