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  • J.D.,Texas Tech University School of Law with honors, 2005
  • M.S., University of Texas at San Antonio, 2001
  • B.A., Earlham College, 1994

License to Practice

  • Texas

Specialties and Courses

  • Environmental law
  • Land use planning
  • Property law
  • Water law and policy


Hardberger joined the School of Law in 2012 and served as the Associate Dean for the School of Law 2016-2019. In June 2019, she started her current position as Associate Provost for Academic Operations for St. Mary’s University.

Before arriving at St. Mary’s, Hardberger, a registered professional geoscientist in Texas, served as an attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). There, she was national co-leader for the National Petroleum Council Environmental and Regulatory Section Study, led the partnership with cities and interfaced with Texas state agencies on municipal water conservation policies, and was the lead on the organization’s efforts to stop authorization of TXU Energy’s proposed coal plants. She also co-created and authored a blog on Texas water policy.

Before EDF, she clerked for The Hon. William Wayne Justice, Eastern District, and worked as an environmental consultant and project manager and geologist for Universe Technologies, Inc., at Kelly Air Force Base. She began her teaching career as a visiting professor at Texas Tech University School of Law.

Her classes include Property, Water Law, Land Use Planning, International Water Law, and Environmental Law among others.

Honors and Awards

  • Women’s Leadership Award, San Antonio Business Journal 2019
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Texas Tech University 2015
  • Board of Trustees – San Antonio Water System, Appointed by San Antonio City Council (2018-present)
  • Member – Capital Improvements Advisory Committee, Appointed by San Antonio City Council (2013-present)


Articles in a Periodical


  • “Water Reuse: It’s Deja Vu All Over Again,” ABA 32nd Annual Water Law Conference April 16-18, 2018, Orlando, FL
  • “Environmental Issues and Policy: Challenges for San Antonio’s Health and Growth,” St. Mary’s Community Conversations, March 6, 2017, San Antonio, TX (panel moderator)
  • “Understanding Texas Groundwater Law,” Fred L. and Frances J. Oliver Lectureship in Texas Hydrology and Water Resources, Oct. 19, 2017, Austin TX
  • “Robert’s Rules are Out of Order: An Argument for Using Stakeholder Processes in Natural Resources Management,” 8th Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, Vermont Law School, Sept. 22-23, 2017, South Royalton, VT
  • “The Land Use Water Connection,” CLE International Texas Water Law, Oct. 3, 2017, San Antonio, TX (conference Co-Chair)
  •  “Transitions in Groundwater Management” National Judicial College’s Dividing the Waters, Nov. 2, 2017, Waco, TX
  • “The Value of Groundwater: Market Valuation & Assessment,” Texas Association of Groundwater Districts Groundwater Summit, Aug. 29, 2017, San Marcos, TX.
  • “The Law and Our Water,” San Antonio Bar Association, Feb. 23, 2017, San Antonio, TX (with Phil Hardberger)
  • “Balancing Rural and Urban Water Needs,” Hill Country Alliance Texas Water Symposium, Nov. 10, 2016, Austin, TX
  • “Land Use and Water,” CLE International Texas Water Law, Sept. 29-30, 2016, San Antonio, TX
  • “Pricing Municipal Water for Resiliency,” Journal of Property Law Symposium, Texas A&M School of Law, April 22, 2016, Ft. Worth, TX
  • Keynote Address, 2016 Water Law Symposium, Texas Tech School of Law, Feb. 26, 2016, Lubbock, TX
  • “Put Your Money Where Your Water Is: Building Resilience Through Rates,” 6th Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, Vermont Law School, Oct 2-3, 2015, South Royalton, VT
  • “Forgetting Nature: Including Environmental Flows in International Water Negotiations,” Drought in the American Drought, A Symposium on Law, Policy and Science, Oregon School of Law, Sept. 25, 2015, Eugene, OR
  • “Water Valuation and its Impact on Decision-making,” Sustainable Conference of American Legal Educators, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, May 8, 2015, Tempe, AZ
  • “The Link Between Water Pricing & Supply ,” Texas Water Law CLE International, April 9-10, 2015, San Antonio, TX
  • “The Effects of Drought and Population Growth on Land Use.” University of Texas Land Use CLE, March 26-27, 2015, Round Rock, TX
  • “Water Sustainability: Current Policies and Lessons Learned,” SXSW Eco Conference, Oct. 7, 2014, Austin, TX
  • “Conversations on Water,” UTSA Town Hall Meeting, September 29, 2014, San Antonio, TX
  • “Water, Energy, Climate Change, and New Regulation,” ABA 32nd Annual Water Law Conference June 4-6, 2014, Las Vegas, NV
  • “Water Pricing and Behavior,” Texas Water Law CLE International, March 27-28, 2014, San Antonio, TX
  • “Powering the Tap Dry: Regulatory Alternatives for the Energy Water Nexus,” Faculty Exchange Program, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Fort Worth, TX
  • “Drought, Development and Ethics,” Texas Water Law CLE, San Antonio, TX
  • “Water Quality Concerns and Regulatory Alternatives for Shale Gas Development,” Environmental Impacts of Oil and Gas Production CLE, Houston, TX
  • “From Top to Bottom: Potential Environmental Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing and Policy Solutions,” Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Fort Worth, TX
  • “Ethics and the Human Right to Water,” St. Edwards University Speaker, Austin, TX
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