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Our profession has a responsibility to serve the greater good, which includes environmental protection. Michigan Law made significant contributions to the development of our nation's environmental law system. Now we have the opportunity to encourage a new generation of students to become better stewards of the environment that sustains all life.
—David Uhlmann, Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice and ELPP Director

Now available: Professor David Uhlmann on "Climate Change and Environmental Protection in the Trump Administration"

Environmental Law and Policy Program

Michigan Law's Environmental Law and Policy Program (ELPP) promotes scholarship, teaching, and interdisciplinary programs to address the myriad challenges facing our global environment. ELPP draws on the Law School's rich tradition in environmental and natural resources law, which dates to the early years of the environmental movement in the United States. ELPP also builds on the University of Michigan's outstanding interdisciplinary and dual degree programs—unmatched by any other law school—with the School for Environment and Sustainability, the Ford School of Public Policy, the Ross School of Business, the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and the School of Public Health.

 EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy (center) poses with Prof. David Uhlmann (left) and students during a 2013 visit to the School.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy (center), with Prof. David Uhlmann (left) and students. McCarthy gave the keynote address at the 2013 ELPP conference.

ELPP offers one of the most extensive environmental and natural resources law curriculums among top law schools in the United States, with nearly two dozen course offerings each year. ELPP sponsors an acclaimed lecture series on environmental issues, which features leading voices from academia, government, environmental groups, and industry, as well as a speaker series focused on careers in environmental law. ELPP plans conferences and symposiums every year with our student Environmental Law Society and provides clinical opportunities, pro bono programs—including the Michigan Environmental Crimes Project—and the newly formed Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law. With its superb faculty, rigorous academic program, and unrivaled practical experiences for students, ELPP has re-established Michigan Law as one of the top environmental law programs in the United States.

David M. Uhlmann, the Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice, is director of the ELPP and is responsible for the leadership and development of all aspects of the program. Prof. Uhlmann teaches Environmental Law and Policy, Environmental Crimes, Advanced Environmental Law, and Criminal Law. He heads the Michigan Environmental Crimes Project, advises the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law and the Environmental Law Society, and mentors students interested in careers in environmental law, with a special emphasis on public service and public interest work. Prior to joining the Michigan faculty, Prof. Uhlmann served for 17 years in the U.S. Department of Justice, the last seven as chief of the Environmental Crimes Section, where he was the country's top environmental crimes prosecutor.

For more information about the program, please contact:

Jenny Rickard
Program Coordinator
4155 South Hall
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