Nancy Kubasek, J.D.


Nancy Kubasek, J.D.

Position: Professor
Phone: (419) 372-2379
Email: nkubase@bgsu.edu
Address: 273 Business Administration


Professor Nancy Kubasek has been teaching courses related to business law and environmental law for at Bowling Green State University for over 30 years. She has also taught public health law and ethics at the St. Matthews School of Medicine. 

Her interest in teaching led her to write the first undergraduate text in Environmental Law, which is now going into its 8th edition. She subsequently published several Business Law and Legal Environment of Business textbooks, and has been a featured speaker at several business law teaching symposia across the country, as well as doing business law teaching workshops at several universities. She has worked with publishing firms to develop online teaching software and instructional films for classroom use, and is looking forward to using the films in her classes. 

She has written over 85 legal and pedagogical articles, and views research as an extension of her teaching. She has co-authored several articles over the course of her career with students who had aspirations to get into prestigious law schools, enabling some of them to have the writing skills and credentials that aided them in getting into such top law schools as The University of Michigan and Stanford. Her primary research focuses on issues related to environmental law. 

She has been very active in her professional associations, serving as president of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, the primary professional organization of faculty teaching Business Law, and working on its executive committee for four years. Prior to attaining national office, she served as president of her regional association, The Tri-State Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

The book she would recommend to all business students is Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. A student who reads that book will have a clearer understanding of the conflict between our “rational” mind and our “intuitive” mind, and have a better awareness of how difficult the decision-making process is and how certain cognitive biases often prevent us from making good decisions. The book is also valuable because it discusses many of the studies of cognitive biases that are often referenced in the current literature.


J.D. University of Toledo College of Law

B.S. in Education, Bowling Green State University



Professor of Legal Studies, Bowling Green State University, 1994 - Present

Associate Professor of Legal Studies, Bowling Green State University, 1990 - 1994

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, Bowling Green State University, 1984 - 1990

Visiting Professor of Public Health Law & Medical Ethics at St. Matthews School of Medicine, San Pedro, Belize, Summer Sessions, 1999, 2000



Elliott Blinn Award

Two Patton Scholarly Research Awards

College of Business Administration Service Award



Kubasek, N., Environmental Law, Prentice Hall, 8th ed., forthcoming 2013 (2 chapters contributed by G. Silverman).


Kubasek, N., et. al., Dynamic Business Law: The Fundamentals, (2E) 2012.


Kubasek, N. et. al., Dynamic Business Law: Summarized Cases , (1E, McGraw-Hill, 2011).


Kubasek, N., et. al., Dynamic Business Law, McGraw-Hill, (2E) 2011.


Kubasek, Nancy, C. Glass, and B. Kiester. “Toward a European Model of Same-Sex Marriage Rights: A Viable Pathway for the U.S.?” 29 Berkeley Journal of International Law 132 (2011).


N. Kubasek, C. Glass, and K. Cook, AMENDING THE DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT: A NECESSARY STEP TOWARD GAINING FULL LEGAL RIGHTS FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES, 19 American University .Journal  of Gender,  Soc. Policy & Law 959( 2011).


Kubasek, Nancy, B. Brennan, and M. Neil Browne, The Legal Environmental Law of Business: A Critical Thinking Approach, 5E, Prentice-Hall, 2011.


Kubasek, Nancy, “Introduction to Contemporary U.S. Environmental Law and Policy,”  American Bar Association’s  Insights on Law & Society, Winter, 2008.


Kubasek, N. and M. Neil Browne, Roundtable: Business Law, McGraw-Hill, December, 2008.


Kubasek, N., United States Supreme Court Gives Atypical Victory to Environmentalists, 36 Real Estate Law Journal (forthcoming, 2008).


Kubasek, Nancy and Christy Glass, “The Evolution of Same Sex Marriage in Canada: Lessons the U.S. Can Learn From their Northern Neighbor,” 15Michigan Journal of Gender and Law  ( Forthcoming, 2008).


Kubasek, Nancy, “Has the Time Finally Come for an Environmentally Friendly Farm Bill?” 36 Real Estate Law Journal 343 (2007).


Kubasek, Nancy, D. Tagliarina and C. Staggs, “The Questionable Constitutionality of Conscientious Objection Clauses for Pharmacists,” Journal of Law and Policy (Fall 2007).


Kubasek, Nancy, Time for a Change in the Implementation of the Endangered Species Act? 36 Real Estate Law Journal 64 (2007).


Kubasek, Nancy and Christy Glass, A Case Against the Federal Protection of Marriage Amendment,16 Texas Journal of Women and the Law 1 (2007)


Kubasek, Nancy, “Highly Anticipated Supreme Court Wetlands Regulation Decision Ultimately Pleases No One." 35 Real Estate Law Journal 305 (2006).


Kubasek, N., "The New Chief Justice:  Friend or Foe of the Environment." 35 Real Estate Law Journal 464 (2006).


Kubasek, N. “Megamansions: A New Source of Conflict Between Environmentalists and Developers,” 35 Real Estate Law Journal 50 (2006).


Kubasek, Nancy, The National Environmental Policy Act:  Are There Major Changes in its Future? 34 Real Estate Law Journal 498 (Spring 2006).


Kubasek, N. and Jay Threat, “Cooper Industries, Inc. v. Aviall Services, Inc:  Time for a Legislative Response to Restore Voluntary Remediation,” 51 St. Louis Law Review 165 (2006).


Kubasek, N. and Daniel Tagliarina, “The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act: Fatally Flawed from its Inception?” 4  Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class 275 (2006).


Kubasek, N.and Garrett Coyle, “A Step Backward is Not Necessarily a Step in the Wrong Direction,” 30 Vermont Law Review 43 (Spring 2006).


Kubasek, N., “Supreme Court Decision Reduces Incentive for Voluntary Remediation,” 34 Real Estate Law Journal 91(Summer 2005).


Kubasek, N., “Proposed Changes to the Endangered Species Act in the Spotlight Again, 34 Real Estate Law Journal 235 (Fall 2005).


Kubasek, Nancy, “Pending Supreme Court Cases Have Potential to Significantly Alter Federal Regulation of Wetlands,” 34 Real Estate Law Journal331 (Winter 2005).


Kubasek, N., “Oregon’s Measure 37: A Harbinger of the Death of Small Growth?” 34 Real Estate Law Journal 416 (Spring 2005).


Kubasek, N., A. Frondorf, & K. Minnick, “Civil Union Statutes: A Shortcut to Legal Equality for Same-Sex Partners in a Landscape Littered with Defense of Marriage Acts,” 15 Journal of Law & Public Policy, 229 (Spring, 2004).


Kubasek, N. “Does a Recent Ruling Threaten to Reduce the Impact of the Endangered Species Act?,” 33 Real Estate Law Journal 91 (Summer 2004).


Kubasek, N., “Three Years After Controversial SWANCC Decision, Fate of Isolated Wetlands Protection Still Uncertain,” 32 Real Estate Law Journal 416 (Spring 2004).