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Scholarship Fund Honors Joe Sax

The world knows Joseph L. Sax as its leading environmental law scholar. Legions of Michigan Law students know Professor Sax as teacher, mentor and friend.

Now, the Law School and Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) are working to endow a scholarship fund for students in the schools’ dual-degree program. The Joseph L. Sax Graduate and Professional Student Fund honors the career of Sax, who taught at Michigan Law from 1966-1986 and is now an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sax is a pioneering figure in environmental law and advocacy whose writings on the public trust doctrine have frequently been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and remain definitive in the field.

He developed the idea of citizen enforcement of environmental laws in his landmark 1970 book Defending the Environment: A Strategy for Citizen Action. He has provided advice and counsel to environmental groups in the U.S. as well as to governments and non-governmental organizations worldwide.

As part of the University’s Michigan Difference campaign, gifts to the Sax Fund for students pursuing the joint JD/MS degree will be matched 1 to 2 under a special initiative of University President Mary Sue Coleman. The challenge grant is open until donors commit $40 million for graduate and professional scholarships or December 31, 2008, whichever comes first.

For information on how you can make a gift, please email Ann Boyd-Stewart at or call 734.615.0315.

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