Taft Stettinius & Hollister/Xcel Energy Chair in Energy and Environmental Law
Professor of Law
B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1992, University of Minnesota
J.D., cum laude, 1995, Georgetown University Law Center
Mitchell Hamline School of Law: professor of law, 2015-.
William Mitchell College of Law: associate dean for faculty, 2013-2015; professor of law, 2012-2013; associate professor of law, 2007-2012; visiting professor of law, 2006-2007; adjunct professor, 2000-2005.
Office of the Monitor (African American Farmer Civil Rights Settlement), team manager and staff attorney, 2001-2006.
Greene Espel PLLP, associate, 1999-2001.
Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, assistant attorney general, 1995-1999.
Professor Konar-Steenberg teaches U.S. and comparative constitutional law, administrative law, environmental law, and property law in Mitchell Hamline’s traditional and blended programs.
Professor Konar-Steenberg’s most recent scholarship explores the potential application of the Thirteenth Amendment to environmental justice claims. He has published several articles on the application of the dormant Commerce Clause doctrine, including an empirical analysis of the impact of judges’ party affiliations on dormant Commerce Clause decisions. Professor Konar-Steenberg is co-editor of the third edition of George Beck’s Minnesota Administrative Procedure, an online collaboration with members of the Minnesota Bar Association Administrative Law Section and other administrative law practitioners. Access to the treatise is available free-of-charge.
Professor Konar-Steenberg oversees the annual Energy and Environment Conference at Mitchell Hamline. He also gives an annual presentation to the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office on United States Supreme Court developments with his colleague, Professor Michael Steenson.
As associate dean, he was responsible for overseeing the establishment of the nation’s first hybrid on-campus/online J.D. program and participated in the successful combination of William Mitchell College of Law and Hamline University School of Law.
In November 2020, Professor Konar-Steenberg was appointed by Governor Tim Walz to serve on the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board, a state agency coordinating state environmental policy. His pro bono practice has included work with the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and the Advocates for Human Rights. He has served as a trustee for Lake Country Montessori School and was the founding chair of the board of directors of Great River Montessori School.