Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Law
Professor of Environmental Studies (by courtesy), Whittier College
Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 235
Building Two, Room 235
Environmental Law, Legal History, Mexican Law, Mexico/U.S. Relations, Natural Resource Law, Property Law, Water Law
Professor Peter Reich has been on the faculty since 1988. He directs Whittier’s Environmental Law Concentration, and Whittier’s Mexico City Program at the Universidad Iberoamericana. He has also taught Latin American law at the University of California, Irvine, and modern Mexican history at the University of California, Riverside. A former research attorney for the California Court of Appeal in Santa Barbara and associate at the downtown Los Angeles law firm Parker, Milliken, Professor Reich has published numerous books and articles on the legal history and environmental law of Latin America and the U.S. Southwest. His book Mexico’s Hidden Revolution: The Catholic Church in Law and Politics Since 1929 (University of Notre Dame Press, 1995) received the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies’s Hubert Herring Award, and one of his articles, “Mission Revival Jurisprudence: State Courts and Hispanic Water Law Since 1850” (Washington Law Review, 1994), garnered the Ray Allen Billington Prize from the Western History Association. Professor Reich has been a recipient of Fulbright, Huntington Library, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and Social Science Research Council fellowships, and is currently preparing a casebook for Carolina Academic Press, The Law of the United States-Mexico Border, and a historical study, From Spanish Law to Common Law in the American Southwest, 1800-1900, for the University of New Mexico Press.
Professor Reich serves on the editorial boards of the journals International Wildlife Law & Policy and Western Legal History, and is a past Chair of the AALS Legal History Section. He speaks frequently at academic and professional conferences, and has three times addressed the Senate of Mexico, on California water law and on federalism in the U.S. Southwest. Professor Reich coaches Whittier’s student teams in the California State Bar’s Environmental Negotiations Competition, and has litigated (pro bono) cases applying Mexican law in the United States. Somehow he also finds time for biking, camping, and sea kayaking with his family and for volunteering in local political campaigns.