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.

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ELPP Lecture Series: Michael Wara
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 11/20/2014
Time: 11:45 AM
Location: South Hall room 1020

A video recording of this lecture can be viewed here.

Please join us for the latest installment of the ELPP Lecture Series. Professor Michael Wara, Associate Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, will be the featured speaker. 

A non-pizza lunch will be served. This event is free and open to the public. 

An expert on energy and environmental law, Michael Wara’s research focuses on climate and electricity policy. Professor Wara’s current scholarship lies at the intersection between environmental law, energy law, international relations, atmospheric science, and technology policy. Professor Wara was formerly a geochemist and climate scientist and has published work on the history of the El Niño/La Niña system and its response to changing climates, especially those warmer than today. The results of his scientific research have been published in premier scientific journals, including Science and Nature.​

collapse : October
ELPP Lecture Series: Sue Biniaz
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 10/21/2014
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: South Hall room 1020
Susan Biniaz is a former deputy legal adviser at the U.S. Department of State. She was the State Department's lead climate change lawyer for more than 20 years and was considered to be the Obama Administration's top international lawyer handling climate-change issues. 

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U.S. EPA Update: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, a discussion with Susan Hedman
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 9/29/2014
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: South Hall room 1225

A recording of Ms. Hedman's talk can be viewed here​.

Please join the Environmental Law & Policy Program in welcoming Susan Hedman, Administrator for EPA's Region 5 Office in Chicago. Her discussion will focus on the EPA's Clean Power Plan proposal.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will immediately be followed by a reception. The event is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Energy Institute, the Graham Sustainability Institute, and the Erb Institute.

Susan Hedman was appointed by President Barack Obama to be EPA Region 5 Administrator on Earth Day 2010. She directs EPA’s operations in the six-state Great Lakes region, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, as well as 35 federally-recognized tribal governments. One of her most important roles is that of Great Lakes National Program Manager, in which she oversees restoration and protection of the largest freshwater system in the world. She leads a team of over one thousand scientists, engineers, lawyers, environmental specialists and administrative staff in the Region 5 Office.

Before accepting the President’s appointment, Hedman was environmental counsel and senior assistant attorney general in the Illinois Attorney General’s office, where she focused on litigation and legislation relating to environmental protection, energy efficiency, renewable energy, carbon capture technology and associated consumer issues. Previously, Hedman was chief legal officer for the Geneva-based United Nations Compensation Commission tribunal that handled claims for environmental damage from the oil fires in Kuwait and releases of oil in the Persian Gulf, as well as the costs of de-mining and disposal of unexploded ordnance from the 1990 Gulf War.

Hedman has a Ph.D. from the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, a M.A. from the La Follette School of Public Affairs and a J.D. from the School of Law at the University of Wisconsin. She has over 35 years of experience working on environmental and energy issues.

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