Lectures and Forums
The Environmental Law and Policy Program brings renowned scholars in the field of environmental law and policy to the Law School each year, giving students the opportunity to explore current issues and learn from leaders in the environmental law movement in the United States. Notable speakers who visited Michigan Law in recent years include Joseph L. Sax, one of the original leaders of the environmental law movement and a former Michigan Law professor; Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation; Carol Browner, former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.
Videos from events that have occurred during the current academic year are provided below. Additional information about the various ELPP lecture series, forums, and conferences—as well as videos for events that occurred during previous academic years—can be found using the navigational links on the left.
See a video recording of the panel here.
Please join the Law School's Environmental Law and Policy Program as we host a lunch-hour panel discussion featuring the heads of the U.S. Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division from the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations. Professor Uhlmann will moderate a discussion between Lois Schiffer, Thomas Sansonetti, and John Cruden about their work and the challenges for environmental law and policy during the last 24 years.
View a video recording of Ms. Geis' talk here.
Stacey Geis, managing attorney of the California regional office of Earthjustice, will speak about both her career and environmental crimes prosecution.
Ms. Geis joined Earthjustice in 2014 after having spent over ten years prosecuting environmental crimes at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco. While there, she criminally prosecuted pollution, fisheries, and wildlife cases, including the criminal prosecution of Walmart in 2013 for nationwide illegal hazardous waste practices and the criminal prosecution of the shipping company and the bar pilot who caused the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill in the San Francisco Bay. Before that, she was the senior prosecutor for the California Circuit Prosecutor Project and prosecuted over 100 criminal and civil environmental enforcement cases around the State. For her work, she has been named one of California’s Top 100 Lawyers by the Daily Journal and, in 2014, received the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award.
Ms. Geis is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Virginia School of Law. Before starting her career as a litigator, Stacey clerked for the Honorable Samuel Conti of the Northern District of California.
Please join us for the next installment in our Environmental Law & Policy Program Lecture Series. Lee Paddock, Associate Dean for Environmental Law Studies at The George Washington University Law School, will speak about private environmental governance. A free, non pizza lunch will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
View a recording of Robin Greenwald's talk here.
Please join us for the latest installment of the ELPP Lecture Series. Robin Greenwald, Of Counsel for environmental pollution and consumer protection at Weitz & Luxenberg PC, will speak about investigations of corporate wrongdoing and environmental enforcement cases.
Access a video recording of Professor Uhlmann's talk here.
Professor David Uhlmann, Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice and Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Program will speak about climate change and environmental issues in the new Trump Administration.
View a videorecording of this talk.
Please join us for the latest installment of the Environmental Law & Policy Program's Careers Series. Edward Zaelke, chair of the Global Projects and Finance Practice at Akin Gump's LA office, will speak about what a renewable energy lawyer does.
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