MSU College of Law

Carol Bambery

Adjunct Professor
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

M. Carol Bambery has served for 12 years as General Counsel to the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Washington, D.C. and former Chief of Legal Services and Legislative Director for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. She is a law professor at Michigan State University College of Law, teaching Wildlife Law and Energy Law and Wildlife. She previously taught Second Amendment, Oil and Gas Law, and Natural Resources Law at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Prior to working for the MDNR, she served as in-house corporate counsel for Michigan United Conservation Clubs, representing 470+ conservation and gun clubs. She is counsel and vice president of the Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners Foundations; and Vice President and co-founder of Great Lakes Outdoor Foundation. She successfully argued Michigan’s first Firearm Preemption challenge and Sport Shooting Range Protection Act challenge. She is the author of Common Sense Guide to Michigan Firearm Laws as well as textbook chapters for two undergraduate textbooks on wildlife management. She serves as board attorney to the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports, Washington, DC and the International Hunter Education Association, Denver, Colorado. She is a board member of the National Rifle Association and Chair of NRA’s National Firearms Law Seminar. Carol is a Trustee and Vice Chair of NRA’s Civil Rights Defense Fund and Executive Committee member; Bylaw Committee chair; member of the NRA Foundation Blue Ribbon Committee; member of Industry/Agency Relations Steering Committee, Safari Club International, and Boone and Crocket Club. She has recently launched AFWA’s legal strategy program which provides opportunity for the state fish and wildlife agencies to act in concert to aggressively defend against challenges to the states’ wildlife management role. She is the 2017 recipient of the National Wild Turkey Foundation’s Lynn Boykin Award and the NRA’s Sybil Ludington award. She loves to hunt, fish and shoot.

J.D. 1985, Thomas M. Cooley Law School; B.A. 1981, cum laude, University of Illinois Springfield; A.A. 1977, summa cum laude, J. Sergeant Reynolds College

  • Wildlife Law
    (Formerly DCL 376) A study of how the legal system deals with wildlife issues. While some federal law will be considered, this course's primary focus will be at the state law level. It will review wildlife related laws from a variety of perspectives, including those that recognize sustainable use as a valid conservation tool, and regulated hunting as a component of conservation and sound wildlife management. A paper will be required.

United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan; U.S. District Court, District of Columbia; Michigan