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Careers in Environmental Law Speaker Series Archive

The Environmental Law and Policy Program offers a speaker series focusing on careers in environmental law. This speaker series brings environmental practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds to Michigan Law for lunchtime presentations that explore the myriad ways that environmental lawyers contribute to environmental protection and natural resource conservation efforts. The speaker series includes public service and public interest attorneys, as well as attorneys in private practice and within corporations. The practice areas encompass new areas of environmental law, such as alternative energy and carbon reduction strategies, as well as more traditional compliance counseling and enforcement practices.

collapse : November
ELPP Careers Series: Alan Miller
Program: ELPP Careers in Environmental Law Series
Date: 11/11/2013
Time: 11:45 am
Location: Hutchins Hall Room 116
Description: 
Lunch will be served.
 
Alan Miller is the principal climate-change specialist in the climate finance and policy unit of the International Finance Corporation (IFC)—a member of the World Bank group that focuses exclusively on the private sector in developing countries. A native of the United States, Miller has authored several reports on climate financing, climate policy, and environmental regulation. His areas of expertise are climate finance, climate policy, private climate investment, climate risk, and new energy technology. Prior to his current position, Miller was the principal project officer in the strategy and metrics division of the climate policy and finance unit in IFC. He also has held several senior positions within the IFC and has been with the organization for more than 15 years.
 
Before joining IFC, Miller was an associate scholar at the University of Maryland. He has also taught at the Widener University School of Law. He also worked as a research associate at the World Resources Institute and was a staff attorney at the National Resources Defense Council. He started his career as a research attorney environmental law institute.
 
Miller holds a JD in law from the University of Michigan and also a Master’s in public policy from the University of Michigan.


collapse : October
ELPP Careers Series: Greg Yankee, '08
Program: ELPP Careers in Environmental Law Series
Date: 10/21/2013
Time: 11:45 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
Location: South Hall Room 1020
Description: 
Greg Yankee, '08, is the interim executive director of the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts. He has served for several years as the primary liaison between CCLT's members and the state legislative and executive branches. He manages the development of policy and strategic initiatives as well as provides analyses of laws and regulations for the CCLT Board and Public Policy Committee. He graduated from Michigan Law, where he studied natural resource, land use, and nonprofit law. Before Michigan, he studied political science and comparative humanities at Bucknell University and spent a semester at University College Cork in Ireland. Yankee brings with him diverse nonprofit experience and expertise, having worked on issues ranging from poverty and fair housing to education and youth development.


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Steven Herman
Program: ELPP Careers in Environmental Law Series
Date: 3/27/2013
Time: 11:55 AM-12:55 PM
Location: South Hall 1020
Description: 

View Mr. Herman's talk here:
http://web.law.umich.edu/flashmedia/public/Default.aspx?mediaid=3134

Steven Herman is a Principal in Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.'s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Herman's practice focuses on the areas of environmental enforcement and compliance. He has counseled and represented major corporate clients trying to avoid adverse enforcement actions by federal and/or state government agencies, and clients who have become the subject of such actions. He also advises clients on strategies for engaging federal and state governmental agencies on environmental and other significant issues.

Mr. Herman served for eight years as the Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance assurance of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Herman, who was the chief national environmental enforcement official, supervised a Headquarters and regional civil and criminal staff of over 3,500, including criminal agents, investigators, inspectors, attorneys, engineers, scientists and other professionals. He was responsible for the development and implementation of numerous EPA enforcement and compliance policies including the widely used "Policy on Incentives for Self-Policing: Discovery, Disclosure, Correction and Prevention of Violations", the policy on Supplemental Environmental Projects, numerous Superfund administrative reforms, and the establishment of the first compliance assistance centers and numerous compliance assistance tools.

Mr. Herman represented the United States at meetings with Mexico and Canada pursuant to the NAFTA, at meetings of the G-8 environmental officials, and in numerous bi-lateral contexts. He was also the founder and first co-chair of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE), an informal partnership of government officials, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations.

Before joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Herman was an Assistant Section Chief and senior trial attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the U.S. Department of Justice for fifteen years. He litigated numerous matters involving the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the federal Quiet Title Act, the Antiquities Act, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and other complex land use matters of national interest.

Mr. Herman has been a frequent speaker at international conferences in the United States and overseas, bar groups, and trade associations, discussing numerous matters related to environmental enforcement and other environmental and natural resource issues.



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Geoff Garver
Program: ELPP Careers in Environmental Law Series
Date: 2/13/2013
Time: 11:55 AM-12:55 PM
Location: South Hall 1020
Description: 

Geoff Garver is pursuing jointly a PhD in geography and an LLM at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He is engaged in a cross-disciplinary study on new policy and regulatory strategies for maintaining the human enterprise within the Earth’s ecological limits.

His research objective is to propose “novel and adaptive forms of governance” (Rockström et al. 2009) based on scientifically and ethically derived ecological boundaries within which the human enterprise must operate to avoid irreversible systemic breakdown. This research will build on recent work to establish a comprehensive set of such boundaries at the global level, most prominently the proposal by Rockström and colleagues (2009) of “planetary boundaries” of “safe operating space” for humanity.

In 2010, President Obama appointed him to the Joint Public Advisory Committee of North America’s Commission for Environmental Cooperation. From 2000-2007, he was Director of Submissions on Enforcement Matters at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, managing complaints of ineffective environmental enforcement by NAFTA countries. From 1989-1993 and 1995-2000, Mr. Garver was an attorney in the U.S. Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division. From 1993-1995, he was Senior Policy Counsel in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at the U.S. EPA. From 1987-1989, he clerked for Judge Conrad Cyr in the U.S. District Court in Maine. Mr. Garver received his B.S. (chemical engineering) from Cornell University (1982) and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School (1987).

Watch Mr. Garver's talk here.



collapse : November
Catherine McCabe
Program: ELPP Careers in Environmental Law Series
Date: 11/13/2012
Time: 12:15-1:15pm
Location: 218 Hutchins Hall
Description: 
Environmental Appeals Judge
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 


collapse : October
Margaret McLean
Program: ELPP Careers in Environmental Law Series
Date: 10/11/2012
Time: 12:15-1:15pm
Location: 218 Hutchins Hall
Description: 

Margaret B. McLean, '92, is a Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary for CH2M HILL Companies, Ltd.,  an American-based global full-service provider of consulting, design, construction, and operations services. CH2MHill is a leader of environmental service firms and was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute for four consecutive years (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). Ms. McLean oversees a team of 52 legal and risk management professionals who provide legal, insurance, and compliance support for the enterprise in 75+ countries.



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Robert S. Anderson
Program: ELPP Careers in Environmental Law Series
Date: 4/5/2012
Time: 12:10-1:10pm
Location: 0220 LS South Hall
Description: 
Senior Counsel
Environmental Crimes Section, ENRD
U.S. Department of Justice
Missoula, Montana


collapse : February
Peter H. Oppenheimer
Program: ELPP Careers in Environmental Law Series
Date: 2/13/2012
Time: 12:10-1:10pm
Location: 138 Hutchins
Description: 
Section Chief, International Section
Office of the General Counsel
National Oceanic and Atmosperic Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
Audio


collapse : November
Gary W. Ballesteros
Program: ELPP Careers in Environmental Law Series
Date: 11/7/2011
Time: 12-1pm
Location: 138 Hutchins
Description: 
Vice President, Law
Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, WI
Audio


collapse : October
Murray Feldman
Program: ELPP Careers in Environmental Law Series
Date: 10/6/2011
Time: 12-1pm
Location: 120 Hutchins
Description: 
Administrative Partner, Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Group
Holland and Hart LLP, Boise, ID
Audio


collapse : March
Andy Buchsbaum
Program: ELPP Careers in Environmental Law Series
Date: 3/14/2011
Time: 12:20-1pm
Location: 138 Hutchins
Description: 
Executive Director
National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes Regional Center, Ann Arbor, MI
Adjunct Professor
University of Michigan Law School


collapse : October
Shannon Fisk
Program: ELPP Careers in Environmental Law Series
Date: 10/21/2010
Time: 12:10-1pm
Location: 218 Hutchins
Description: 
Senior Attorney
Natural Resources Defense Council
Chicago, IL


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Ignacia S. Moreno
Program: ELPP Careers in Environmental Law Series
Date: 3/31/2010
Time: 12:15-1pm
Location: 220 Hutchins
Description: 
Assistant Attorney General
Environment and Natural Resources Division
U.S. Department of Justice


collapse : February
Benjamin F. Wilson
Program: ELPP Careers in Environmental Law Series
Date: 2/18/2010
Time: 12:10-1pm
Location: 120 Hutchins
Description: 
Managing Principal
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Washington, D.C.


collapse : November
Paul J. Astolfi
Program: ELPP Careers in Environmental Law Series
Date: 11/19/2009
Time: 12:10-1pm
Location: 218 Hutchins
Description: 
Partner
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Chicago, IL


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Eileen Sobeck
Program: ELPP Careers in Environmental Law Series
Date: 10/8/2009
Time: 12:10-1pm
Location: 150 Hutchins
Description: 
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks
U.S. Department of the Interior


 
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