ELPP Lecture Series

The Environmental Law and Policy Program Lecture Series features speakers from a wide range of backgrounds in government, academia, public interest groups, and private practice. The lecture series provides Michigan Law students the opportunity to learn from leaders of the environmental movement in the United States, builds relationships between the Law School and the environmental community, and contributes to debate about the environmental challenges facing our nation and the world. Students often meet privately with speakers during their visits to Michigan Law. Some lecturers are co-sponsored by other schools and programs at the University of Michigan. All lectures are open to the public; admission is free.

For a complete list of past speakers as well as videos of their presentations (when available), visit our ELPP Lecture Series Archive Page.

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.

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.

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.

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