William V. Luneburg, Jr.

Professor Emeritus of Law

Professor Luneburg's teaching and scholarship have ranged over a variety of areas: civil procedure (basic and complex); administrative law; legislation (in particular statutory interpretation and lobbying); environmental law; and litigation with the federal government, among others. Most recently, he has focused on air and water pollution issues and lobbying regulation (disclosure) at the federal level. He has also consulted and litigated with regard to a variety of environmental problems, including air and water pollution, forest and endangered species preservation, and application of the National Environmental Policy Act.


After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1971, Luneburg went to work for Region I of the US Environmental Protection Agency in Boston as an enforcement attorney, where he specialized in air pollution control issues and, to a lesser extent, pesticide regulation. In 1973, he moved to Chicago to work in Region V, again in the Enforcement Division, where air pollution (in particular that originating from steel and power plants) was the primary focus of his attention.

In 1974 Luneburg entered private law practice in Chicago. While he worked in a variety of legal areas, he spent most of my time in civil litigation.

Then in 1978, he left practice to accept the position as a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer-in-Law at the University of Chicago Law School where he instructed first year law students in legal research and writing as well as pursued my research interests in federal air pollution control law (the Clean Air Act had been amended in 1977).

Starting in the Fall of 1978, Luneburg started teaching at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. The focus of his interests for the first several years was Civil Procedure and Legislation. He also taught Administrative Law, in which area his research started to concentrate when he became a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States. Between 1986 and 1995, under its auspices, Luneburg prepared various reports and draft recommendations dealing with petitions for rulemaking, contracting out legal services for the federal government, the federal personnel complaint, appeal, and grievance systems, and federal grants to states for juvenile justice programs. He also became active with the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, for which he prepared various reports and proposed recommendations for action by the ABA's House of Delegates, and also served on its governing Council (1992-95).

In 1990, he turned to teaching Environmental Law as one of his main subjects, and, over the course of several years, produced a book and several articles dealing with EPA's New Source Review and Title V permitting programs under the Clean Air Act. He also began advising various national, regional, and local environmental groups, primarily in the area of air pollution control.

In 1995, Luneburg became involved as Editor of the ABA's LOBBYING MANUAL, a position he has retained to the present time in the production of the 2d, 3d and now the 4th editions (the last of which is forthcoming in 2009).

Starting in 1996 and until 2000, Luneburg focused most of his time litigating various environmental cases on behalf of local and regional environmental organizations. The cases included those involving forest and endangered species preservation, application of the National Environmental Policy Act, and violation of federal and state air and water pollution control laws. During 1997 he was a member of EPA's Subcommittee for Ozone, Particulate Matter, and Regional Haze Implementation Programs (part of the EPA's Clean Air Act Advisory Committee) which prepared the groundwork for implementation of tighter national ozone and particulate matter standards. He also became a member of the Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (1997-2001).

Over the last several years, Luneburg has split his research time between environmental law and lobbying law, producing articles dealing with air and water pollution issues and lobbying disclosure. During 2005-07, he was a member of the National Research Council's Committee on the Mississippi River and the Clean Water Act, which produced its final report in October 2007. He has also remained active in the ABA's Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section as Chair of its Legislative Process and Lobbying Committee. Luneburg is currently Vice-Chair of the Section and was Chair during 2009-10.

    Education & Training

  • JD, Harvard Law School
  • BA, Carleton College
Recent Publications


  • Co-Editor (with Thomas Susman and Rebecca H. Gordon) and co-author of Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8 of the American Bar Association’s THE LOBBYING MANUAL: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO FEDERAL LOBBYING LAW AND PRACTICE (4th ed. 2009).
  • Co-editor and author, Update Website for the LOBBYING MANUAL (2009 to present).
  • William V. Luneburg Jr. (co-author), Mississippi River Water Quality and The Clean Water Act: Progress Challenges, and Opportunities (National Academies Press 2008.)
  • William V. Luneburg Jr., Web Update to The Lobbying Manual: A Complete Guide to Federal Law Governing Lawyers and Lobbyists (3d ed. 2005).
  • William V. Luneburg Jr. , Co-Editor (with Thomas Susman) and author of Chapters 2, 3, 4, and 5 of the American Bar Association's The Lobbying Manual: A Complete Guide To Federal Law Governing Lawyers And Lobbyists (3d ed.) (2005).
  • William V. Luneburg Jr. and Dr. Craig Holman, Chapter 5 Legislative Process and Lobbying in Developments In Administrative Law And Regulatory Practice 2005-6 (Jeffrey S. Lubbers, ed.)(ABA Publishing 2007).

Scholarly Articles:

  • The Evolution of Federal Lobbying Regulation: Where We Are Now and Where We Should Be Going, 41 MCGEORGE L. REV. 85 (2009).
  • Chapter 7—Legislative Process and Lobbying, in DEVELOPMENTS IN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW AND REGULATORY PRACTICE 2007-8 (Jeffrey S. Lubbers ed.) (ABA Publishing 2009).
  • William V. Luneburg Jr., Anonymity and its Dubious Relevance to the Constitutionality of Lobbying Disclosure Legislation, 19 Stan. L. & Pol. Rev. 69 (2008).
  • William V. Luneburg Jr. and Thomas Susman, Lobbying Disclosure: A Recipe for Reform(, 33 J. Legis. 32 (2006).
  • William V. Luneburg Jr. Proposals to Amend the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, 31 ADMIN. & Reg. L. News 2 (Summer 2006).
  • William V. Luneburg Jr. , Drawing Boundaries for Air Quality Control under the Clean Air Act: The Importance of NOT Being Nonattainment, 1 Pitt. J. Envlt. & Pub. Health L. 61 (2006).
  • William V. Luneburg Jr. , Where the Three Rivers Converge: Unassessed Waters and the Future of EPA's Total Maximum Daily Load Program—A Case Study, 24 J. Law & Com. 57 (2004).
  • William V. Luneburg Jr. , Claim Preclusion As It Affects Non-Parties to Clean Air Act Enforcement Actions: The Ghosts of Gwaltney, 10 Widener L. Rev. 113 (2003).(Part of a national symposium on citizen suits).
Research Interests

Administrative Law
Federal Lobbying Law
Civil Procedure
Litigation with the Federal Government