MSU College of Law

Carol Bambery

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

Carol Bambery serves as General Counsel to the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), Washington, D.C. and was former Chief of Legal Services for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and its legislative director. She is an adjunct professor at Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan where she teaches Wildlife Law under the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and Energy Law and Wildlife, courses that she developed. She is in charge of the Association’s and MSU College of Law’s remote law clinic under a Memorandum of Understanding providing internship/job opportunities for her law students with the state fish and wildlife agencies.

Ms. Bambery served for 12 years as in-house corporate counsel for Michigan United Conservation Clubs, representing 470+conservation and gun clubs during which time she successfully argued Michigan's first Firearm Preemption challenge and Sport Shooting Range Protection Act challenge in the appellate courts; was instrumental in passing Michigan's "shall issue" carry concealed handgun law and was involved in key ballot initiatives that strengthened Michigan state fish and wildlife agencies’ authority over natural resources. She is involved in numerous national and state conservation and firearm advocacy organizations including president of the Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners Foundation; counsel and vice president of Great Lakes Outdoors Foundation and long-term board member of the National Rifle Association.

She serves on several key NRA board committees including chair of NRA's National Firearms Law Seminar; vice-chair and Trustee of NRA's Civil Rights Defense Fund and Executive Committee. NRA committee work includes chair of Bylaws, vice chair of Women's Policies; Legal Affairs; and Hearings. She is counsel to the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports and to the International Hunter Education Association.

She is a co-author of Common Sense Guide to Michigan Firearm Laws. She is a strong spokesperson for women and youth participation in the shooting sports and has participated in the eight-year development of the Industry/Agency Relations Steering Committee which has been funded by the multistate grant program under Section 11 of the Pittman-Robertson Act. This past year, under the direction of the AFWA’s Executive Committee, she launched AFWA’s legal strategy which provides opportunity for the state fish and wildlife agencies to act in concert to aggressively defend against challenges to the states’ management role under the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.

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.

Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court