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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 became Associate Dean for the School of Law in 2016. Hardberger, a registered professional geoscientist, served as an attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) prior to joining the faculty at St. Mary’s School of Law. 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 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 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 teaching Land Use Planning, International Water Law and Texas Environmental Law among others.


Articles in a Periodical


  • “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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