Professor Schutz has been with the law school for nearly all of the last 20 years, beginning in 2000. During law school, he worked for Cline, Williams, Wright, Johnson, and Oldfather in Lincoln, Nebraska, and was editor-in-chief of the Nebraska Law Review. He graduated in 2003 with the highest distinction and clerked for the Honorable C. Arlen Beam of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit until 2005. During the 2004-2005 academic year he also taught Legal Research and Writing at the College of Law as an adjunct instructor. During the 2005-2006 academic year he was a Visiting Lecturer in the Lawyering Program at the Cornell Law School. He came back and began teaching here in 2006. Since then, he has taught courses in Agricultural Law, Environmental Law, Water Law, Land Use Regulation, State and Local Government Law, and Contracts. He is currently serving as the Associate Dean for Faculty, which he began in 2020. He is the faculty advisor for the Agricultural and Environmental Law Society, moot court, and Nebraska Connections. The latter role is related to the Rural Law Opportunities Program, which Professor Schutz also leads.
The product of a farm family in Elwood, Nebraska, Professor Schutz's research interests include the often intertwined subjects of agricultural law, environmental and natural resources law, and state and local government, all of which have significant impacts on rural landscapes and populations. Professor Schutz has served as the chair of the AALS Section on Agricultural Law, is active in the American Agricultural Law Association and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and is a frequent lecturer on agricultural and water law issues regionally and nationally. He tries to keep a close eye on the legislature and encourages students to speak up and take part in the legislative process, both while they are here and in their professional lives going forward.
Professor Schutz has three daughters, Ani, Berlyn, and Celia. His Partner, Joni, and her three children, Abbie, Collin, and Cian, complete a Brady Bunch mixed family (without the Alice, which is much more difficult). From time to time, Professor Schutz finds his sanity by running. He's completed many marathons and a few ultra-marathons, trying to keep up with Joni.
Watch to see how Professor Schutz's research explores the statutory power given to NRDs in the state of Nebraska.
Agricultural Law Law 704/G (AECN *804) (3 cr hr)
Legal problems and issues of unique importance to lawyers serving the agricultural sector. The Farm Credit System, the Farmers' Home Administration, and farm financing problems under the Uniform Commercial Code; commodity futures markets; agricultural cooperatives; farmland preservation and rural land use controls; foreign investment in American agriculture; farm labor legislation; farm programs and the economic regulation of agriculture; pesticides; and food additives.
Agricultural Environmental Law Law 722/G (3 cr hr)
Environmental law in agriculture, the Clean Water Act as it applies to agriculture, the environmental and conservative provisions of the farm program, pesticide regulation and liability, and other areas where environmental concerns and the agriculture industry intersect.
Environmental Law and Water Resource Management Seminar Law 774/G (CIVE 916; NRES 916) (3 cr hr) Prereq: Permission
An interdisciplinary seminar with the Department of Civil Engineering. Contemporary environmental issues and water resource management.
Land Use Planning Law 699/G (ECON *827) (3 cr hr)
Legal and administrative aspects of the regulation of land use and development, the problems and techniques of urban planning at the various levels of government, and the relationship of private owners and builders to the government policies involved in shaping the physical environment.
Local Government Law Law 788/G (EDAD 964) (3 cr hr)
Law of local government units with emphasis on current problems in the operation and administration of local government, models and theories of local government.
Grassland Governance and Common-Interest Communities 2 Sustainability 2320-48 (2010)
Nebraska's Corporate-Farming Law and Discriminatory Effects Under the Dormant Commerce Clause 88 Neb. L. Rev. 50 (2009)
Corporate-Farming Measures in a Post-Jones World 14 Drake J. Agric. Law 97
The Nebraska State Constitution: A Reference Guide(2d ed. 2010) (forthcoming Bison Books), with Peter J. Longo
Land Use Law and Livestock Production in The History of Nebraska Law (Alan Gless, ed. 2008)
Editorial 5/11: Bigger not better when it comes to canal plan Lincoln Journal Star (2023)
Could ‘single subject rule’ trip up merger of abortion and anti-trans bills? Nebraska Examiner (2023)
‘Right to repair’ fight just getting started Farm and Dairy (2023)
Cigar bar bill should pass court's muster, experts say Lincoln Journal Star (2015)
Defenders of Tradition in Keystone Pipeline Fight New York Times (2015)
State lawmakers attempt to exempt cigar bars KETV (2015)
New attempt to exempt cigar bars from Nebraska smoking ban San Francisco Chronicle (2015)
Nebraska Court Approves Pipeline Route CTV News (2015)
Keystone Pipeline’s Nebraska Path Cleared; Congress Votes Bloomberg News (2015)
With Nebraska Supreme Court ruling, Keystone battle over, but war drags on Omaha World Herald (2015)
Obscure Nebraska Panel May Hold Sway Over Pipeline ABC News (2014)
Kansas' accusation that Nebraska violated Republican River pact lands at U.S. Supreme Court Omaha World Herald (2014)
Nebraska on its own with drug enforcement costs tied to Colorado pot sales Omaha World Herald (2014)