Scott Dewey

Scott Dewey

  • Associate Law Librarian
  • Faculty Research Librarian
148 Mondale Hall


  • University of Houston Honors College, B.A.
  • Rice University, M.A. Ph.D.
  • University of California at Los Angeles, J.D., M.L.I.S

Professor Scott Dewey specializes in faculty research support and provides in-depth research assistance to the Law School faculty. He also works closely with the Minnesota Law Review, and provides other reference services to the Law School community.

Professor Dewey earned J.D. and M.L.I.S. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and he is a member of Order of the Coif. He also holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in 20th century United States history and environmental history from Rice University, and a B.A. in history from the University of Houston Honors College. Prior to joining the Law Library faculty, Professor Dewey served for several years as the Assistant Director of Scholarly Support and Research Assistance at the UCLA School of Law. He also has taught general U.S. history and American environmental history courses at California State University, Los Angeles and worked as a judicial attorney for the California Court of Appeal.

Professor Dewey’s research interests include environmental law and policy, criminal law and procedure, juvenile dependency, legal history and the history of legal education, the evolution of legal precedent, citation analysis, and the politics and sociology of legal and scholarly reputation and authority. He is an expert on the history of air pollution, and the author of “Don’t Breathe the Air”: Air Pollution and U.S. Environmental Politics, 1945-1970 (Texas A&M University Press, 2000). 


"Don’t Breathe the Air": Air Pollution and U.S. Environmental Politics, 1945-1970 (Texas A&M University Press, 2000)

Journal Articles

Mitigating Citation Errors in the Interlibrary Loan System, 115 Law Library Journal 407 (2023)
The Banality of Evil (?): The Strange(ly Quiet) Careers of Korematsu and Hirabayashi in the Federal Circuit Courts, 1943-2016, 6 University of Bologna Law Review 287 (2022)
Foucault's Toolbox: Use of Foucault's Writings in LIS Journal Literature, 1990–2016, 76 Journal of Documentation 689 (2020)
Of Loaded Weapons and Legal Alchemy, Great Cases and Bad (?) Law: Korematsu and Strict Scrutiny, 1944-2017, 3 Legal Information Review 43 (2017-2018)
(Non-)Use of Foucault’s Archaeology of Knowledge and Order of Things in LIS Journal Literature, 1990-2015, 72 Journal of Documentation 454 (2016)
Growing Pains: The History of the UCLA Law Library, 1949-2000, 108 Law Library Journal 217 (2016)
In Search of California’s Legal History: A Bibliography of Sources, 10 California Legal History 71 (2015)
The Continuing Relevance of Paul Otlet, the International Institute of Bibliography/International Federation for Documentation, and the Documentation Movement for Information Science and Studies, 10 InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies (July 2014)
How Judges Don’t Think: The Inadvertent Misuse of Precedent in the Strange Career of the Illinois Doctrine of Antagonistic Defenses, 1876-1985, 9 Journal Jurisprudence 59 (2011)
The Case of the Missing Holding: The Misreading of Zafiro v. United States, the Misreplication of Precedent, and the Misfiring of Judicial Process in Federal Jurisprudence on the Doctrine of Mutually Exclusive Defenses, 41 Valparaiso University Law Review 149 (2006)
Irreconcilable Differences: The Ninth Circuit’s Conflicting Case Law Regarding Mutually Exclusive Defenses of Criminal Codefendants, 8 Boalt Journal of Criminal Law (2004)
"The Antitrust Case of the Century": Kenneth F. Hahn and the Fight Against Smog, 81 Southern California Quarterly 341 (1999)
Is This What We Came To Florida For?’: Florida Women and the Fight Against Air Pollution in the 1960s, 77 Florida Historical Quarterly 503 (1999), reprinted in Making Waves: Female Activists in Twentieth-Century Florida (Jack E. Davis & Kari Frederickson, eds., University Press of Florida, 2003)
The Fickle Finger of Phosphate: Central Florida Air Pollution and the Failure of Environmental Policy, 1957-1970, 65 Journal of Southern History 565 (1999), reprinted in Other Souths: Diversity and Difference in the U.S. South, Reconstruction to Present (Pippa Hollway, ed., University of Georgia Press, 2008)
Working for the Environment: Organized Labor and the Origins of Environmentalism in the United States, 1948-1970, 3 Environmental History 45 (1998)

Book Chapters

Working-Class Environmentalism in America, in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History (Jon Butler, ed., Oxford University Press, 2019)
Part Cause, Part Cure: The Changing Relationship between Aviation and Air Pollution in the United States, 1928-1973, in 1998 National Aerospace Conference: The Meaning of Flight in the 20th Century— Conference Proceedings 344 (Wright State University, 1999)

Book Reviews

Book Review, 10 Unbound: A Review of Legal History and Rare Books 46 (2018) (reviewing Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, The New Method of Learning and Teaching Jurisprudence: According to the Principles of the Didactic Art Premised in the General Part and in the Light of Experience (Carmelo Massimo de Iuliis, ed./transl., Talbot Publishing, 2017 (1667)))
Book Review, 121 American Historical Review 1329 (Oct. 2016) (reviewing Jedediah Purdy, After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene (Harvard University Press, 2015))
Book Review, 119 American Historical Review 211 (Feb. 2014) (reviewing Edwin A. Martini, Agent Orange: History, Science, and the Politics of Uncertainty (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012))
Book Review, 117 American Historical Review 895 (June 2012) (reviewing David Zierler, The Invention of Ecocide: Agent Orange, Vietnam, and the Scientists Who Changed the Way We Think about the Environment (University of Georgia Press, 2011))
Book Review, 105 Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 175 (2007) (reviewing John Wills, Fallout: Nuclear Protest at Diablo Canyon (University of Nevada Press, 2006))
Book Review, 104 Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 183 (2006) (reviewing William Deverell, Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of its Mexican Past (University of California Press, 2004))
Book Review, 104 Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 375 (2006) (reviewing Ethan Rarick, California Rising: The Life and Times of Pat Brown (University of California Press, 2005))
Book Review, 104 Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 780 (2006) (reviewing J. Brooks Flippen, Conservative Conservationist: Russell E. Train and the Emergence of American Environmentalism (Louisiana State University Press, 2006))
Book Review, 72 Journal of Southern History 212 (2006) (reviewing Joshua Blu Buhs, The Fire Ant Wars: Nature, Science, and Public Policy in Twentieth-Century America (University of Chicago Press, 2004))
Book Review, 103 Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 606 (2005) (reviewing Steve Lerner, Diamond: A Struggle for Environmental Justice in Louisiana’s Chemical Corridor (MIT Press, 2005))
Book Review, 103 Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 837 (2005) (reviewing Priscilla Coit Murphy, What a Book Can Do: The Publication and Reception of Silent Spring (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005))
Book Review, 101 Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 220 (2003) (reviewing Gerald Markowitz & David Rosner, Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution (University of California Press, 2002)
Book Review, 100 Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 260 (2002) (reviewing Hugh S. Gorman, Redefining Efficiency: Pollution Concerns, Regulatory Mechanisms, and Technological Change in the U.S. Petroleum Industry (University of Akron Press, 2001))
Book Review, 68 Journal of Southern History 510 (2002) (reviewing J. Brooks Flippen, Nixon and the Environment (University of New Mexico Press, 2000))  
Book Review, 106 American Historical Review 1012 (June 2001) (reviewing Christian Warren, Brush with Death: A Social History of Lead Poisoning (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001))
Book Review, 99 Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 326 (2001) (reviewing Samuel P. Hays, A History of Environmental Politics Since 1945 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2001))
Book Review, 99 Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 439 (2001) (reviewing Matthew J. Lindstrom & Zachary A. Smith, The National Environmental Policy Act: Judicial Misconstruction, Legislative Indifference, and Executive Neglect (Texas A&M University Press, 2001))

Entries in Reference Works

Air Pollution, in Encyclopedia of Urban America: The Cities and Suburbs (Neil Larry Shumsky, ed., ABC-CLIO, 1998)

Other Publications

UCLA Law School’s Riseborough Mural: Its Life, Death and Rebirth as a Coffee Mug, CSCHS Newsletter 18 (Spring/Summer 2017)
Adam Smith: A Theory of Moral Capitalism?, Huffington Post, Apr. 4, 2016
Background: the 1970 Clean Air Act,, Sept. 23, 1999

Selected Legal Briefs

Brief for the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as Amicus Curiae, Shefa v. Ellison et al., No. A21-0830 (Minn. Sup, Ct. filed Aug. 23, 2021)
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