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.

Carol M. Browner
Carol M. Browner, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1993–2001), 2007–08 ELPP Lecture Series
Steven E. Chester
Steven E. Chester, Director, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, 2007–08 ELPP Lecture Series
Lisa Heinzerling
Lisa Heinzerling, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, ELPP inaugural Conference (Fall 2008)
Miriam Horn
Miriam Horn, Environmental Defense Fund, author, former senior editor at U.S. News and World Report, panelist, ELPP inaugural Conference (Fall 2008)
Jerome Ringo
Jerome Ringo, President, The Apollo Alliance; Chair of the Board, National Wildlife Federation (2005–2007), 2008–09 ELPP Lecture Series
Larry J. Schweiger
Larry J. Schweiger, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Wildlife Federation, 2009–10 ELPP Lecture Series
Todd D. Stern
Todd D. Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change, U.S. Department of State, 2010–11 ELPP Lecture Series
Ronald J. Tenpas
Ronald J. Tenpas, Assistant Attorney General, United States Department of Justice (ENRD), 2008–09 ELPP Lecture Series
B. Lynn Winmill
The Honorable B. Lynn Winmill, Chief Judge, United States Court, District of Idaho, 2007–08 ELPP Lecture Series
Jennifer M. Granholm
The Honorable Jennifer M. Granholm, Governor, State of Michigan (2002–2010), ELPP inaugural Conference (Fall 2008)
Gary S. Guzy
Gary S. Guzy, Deputy Director and General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, ELPP Conference 2010
John C. Cruden
John C. Cruden, President, Environmental Law Institute, featured speaker, ELPP Conference 2012
Richard J. Lazarus
Richard J. Lazarus, Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, featured speaker, ELPP Conference 2012
Bob Perciasepe
Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, keynote speaker, ELPP Conference 2012
collapse : October
ELPP Lecture Series: Pat Gallagher on The State of Climate Litigation
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 10/8/2013
Time: 11:50 a.m.
Location: Hutchins Hall Room 116
Pat Gallagher is the director of the Environmental Law Program at the Sierra Club, and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the program, including courtroom litigation and the administration of the Club's nationwide docket. Gallagher joined the Sierra Club as a senior attorney in 1999 after toiling in private practice for 10 years. He attended both college and law school at the University of Michigan, and in between worked as a professional auto mechanic in Chico, California. His other interests consist mainly of fathering three daughters, with a bit of Afro-Cuban drumming on the side.

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
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.

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
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 : February
ELPP Lecture Series: Daniel Farber
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 2/10/2014
Time: 11:55 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Location: South Hall Room 1020
View a recording of the lecture at http://web.law.umich.edu/flashmedia/public/Default.aspx?mediaid=3823. Dan Farber is the Sho Sato Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the co-director of the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment. Prof. Farber serves on the editorial board of Foundation Press. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a life member of the American Law Institute. He is the editor of Issues in Legal Scholarship. Prof. Farber is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he earned his BA, MA, and JD. He graduated, summa cum laude, from the College of Law, where he was the class valedictorian and served as editor-in-chief of the University of Illinois Law Review. After graduation from law school, he was a law clerk for Judge Philip W. Tone of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and then for Justice John Paul Stevens of the Supreme Court of the United States. Prof. Farber practiced law with Sidley & Austin, where he primarily worked on energy issues, before joining the University of Illinois College of Law faculty in 1978. He was a member of the University of Minnesota Law School faculty from 1981 to 2002, where he was the McKnight Presidential Professor of Public Law. He also has been a visiting professor at Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School, and the University of Chicago Law School.

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell
Program: ELPP Panel Discussions
Date: 2/18/2014
Time: 4:10-5:30 p.m.
Location: Hutchins Hall room 220
All are invited to hear Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell – a member of President Obama’s Climate Change Adaptation Task Force and of the ABA Task Force on Sustainable Development – give a presentation at UM Law School on the challenges of adapting to climate change.

collapse : April
Jedediah Purdy- After Nature: The Politics of the Anthropocene
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 4/17/2014
Time: 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Location: South Hall Room 1225
Please join us for the final installment of this year's Environmental Law and Policy Program lecture series. Jedidiah Purdy, the Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law at Duke University, will provide a preview of his next book, After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene. Professor Purdy is perhaps best known for his first book, For Common Things: Irony, Trust and Commitment in America Today, which he wrote at the tender age of 24. He “writes at the intersection of law and social and political thought” with a keen interest in our relationship to nature. This lecture will be immediately followed by a reception. This event is free and open to the public. This lecture is co-sponsored by CLOSUP, the Erb Institute, the Graham Sustainability Institute, the Program in the Environment, the University of Michigan Energy Institute, and the University of Michigan Risk Science Center.

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