ELPP Lecture Series Archive

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.

collapse : April
Rip Rapson on "The Fierce Urgency of Now: Getting the Climate Question Right"
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 4/9/2013
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m., reception immediately following
Location: Hutchins Hall room 250 (625 S. State Street)
Description: 
View Mr. Rapson's talk here:
 
Rip Rapson is president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, a $3.1 billion private foundation based in metropolitan Detroit and founded by S.S. Kresge in 1924. An attorney and expert in urban policy, Rapson assumed leadership on July 1, 2006, and quickly initiated a multi-year transition to expand and recalibrate Kresge’s grantmaking.
 
Seven strategically focused programs – in arts and culture, community development, education, environment, health, and human services – seek to influence the quality of life for future generations by creating access and opportunity in underserved communities; improving the health of low-income people; supporting artist expression; increasing college achievement; assisting in the revitalization of Detroit; and advancing methods for dealing with climate change.
 
To facilitate this work, Rapson has put into practice the use of multiple, flexible funding methods, including operating support, project support, and program-related investments. These new tools complement Kresge’s historic, and formerly exclusive, use of the facilities-capital challenge grant. In 2011, the Board of Trustees approved 346 awards totaling $170 million; $140 million was paid out to grantees over the course of the year.
 
Prior to joining Kresge, Rapson was president of the Minnesota-based McKnight Foundation, the private, $2 billion foundation governed by the descendents of William McKnight, one of the founders of 3M Corporation. Under his direction, the foundation was recognized as a national leader on a variety of public policy issues, including early childhood development, metropolitan growth, open space protection, and wind energy. Rapson launched the Itasca Project, a private-sector led effort to develop a new regional agenda for the Twin Cities, and he advanced McKnight’s work to support arts and cultural activities, enhance water quality and public enjoyment of the Mississippi River, and foster economic development in rural Minnesota.
 
Rapson served as a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota before joining the McKnight Foundation. There, he led a five-year, interdisciplinary project to help aging first-ring suburban communities address the challenges posed by declining tax revenues, changing economic and social demographics, and shifting political forces.
 
As the deputy mayor of Minneapolis under Mayor Don Fraser, Rapson served as primary architect of the pioneering Neighborhood Revitalization program, a twenty-year, $400 million effort to strengthen Minneapolis neighborhoods. He also directed a comprehensive redesign of the city’s budgeting process and developed the mayor’s initiatives to strengthen and support families and children.
 
Rapson came to the mayor’s office from the Minneapolis law firm of Leonard, Street and Deinard, where he was a partner in the litigation division. He received his law degree from Columbia University.
 
Before entering law school, Rapson worked as a legislative assistant in then-Congressman Don Fraser’s Washington, D.C. office and oversaw the development and passage of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act of 1976, which brought full wilderness protection to the million-acre lake country of northern Minnesota.
 
Rapson is the author of two books: “Troubled Waters,” a chronicle of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act legislation, and “Ralph Rapson: Sixty Years of Modern Design,” a biography of his father, the renowned architect Ralph Rapson. He sits on the boards of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, the Downtown Detroit Partnership, M1 Rail, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation of New York, and Living Cities. 


collapse : March
Jody Freeman
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 3/11/2013
Time: 11:55 AM-12:55 PM
Location: South Hall 1020
Description: 

Jody Freeman, the Archibald Cox Professor of Law, is a leading scholar of administrative and environmental law and the founding director of the Harvard Law School Environmental Law and Policy Program. Professor Freeman served in the White House as Counselor for Energy and Climate Change in 2009-10. In that role, she contributed to a variety of policy initiatives on greenhouse gas regulation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, transmission policy, oil and gas drilling, and comprehensive energy and climate legislation to put a market-based cap on carbon. Freeman led the White house effort on the Obama Administration's national auto policy -- the landmark agreement among the federal government, the auto industry and the states, to set the first federal greenhouse gas emission standards and the most ambitious fuel efficiency standards in U.S. history. After leaving the administration, Freeman served as an independent consultant to the President's bipartisan Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. She has been appointed to the Administrative Conference of the United States, the government think tank for improving the administrative and regulatory process. In 2011, she was elected to the American College of Environmental Lawyers. In 2012 Professor Freeman was elected as an outside director of ConocoPhillips.

Professor Freeman is a prominent scholar of administrative law and regulation, and a leading thinker on collaborative and contractual approaches to governance. Her article, “Agency Coordination in Shared Regulatory space,” the subject of her chair lecture, appears in the Harvard Law Review in 2012."The Obama Administration's National Auto Policy: Lessons from the Car Deal" was published in the Harvard Environmental Law Review in 2011. She is the co-author of leading casebooks in environmental law and administrative law, and is the co-author with Mike Gerrard of the forthcoming new edition of Global Climate Change and U.S. Law.

Freeman’s major writings in environmental law include Climate Change and US Interests, 109 Columbia L. Rev. 1531 (2009) (with Guzman), Timing and Form of Federal Regulation: The Case of Climate Change, 155 U. Penn. L. Rev. 1499 (2007) (with DeShazo), and Modular Environmental Regulation, 54 Duke L. Rev. 795 (2005) (with Farber). She has also produced two other significant books: Moving to Markets in Environmental Regulation, Lessons after Twenty Years of Experience (Oxford University Press 2006, edited with Charles Kolstad) and Government by Contract: Outsourcing and American Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2009, edited with Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow). In 2006, Freeman authored an amicus brief on behalf of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. MA v. EPA, the global warming case decided by the Supreme Court in 2007. To hear Professor Freeman's remarks on climate policy at the EPA 40th anniversary event hosted by HLS, click here: EPA @ 40. Her analysis of the case, MA v. EPA: From Politics to Expertise (with HLS Professor Adrian Vermeule) appears in the 2007 Supreme Court Review.



collapse : February
 BP Oil Spill Lunch Talk with Professor Uhlmann
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 2/26/2013
Time: 11:55 AM-12:50 PM
Location: South Hall 1225
Description: 
Professor Uhlmann will discuss the civil suit brought by DOJ and 5 coastal Gulf states against BP for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. As of 2/21/13, no settlement has been reached for the trial scheduled to begin 2/25/13.
 
Tamales will be served.


collapse : January
 Rebekah Warren
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 1/31/2013
Time:
Location:
Description: 

State Senator Rebekah Warren represents the 18th District, which is made up of the majority of Washtenaw County. She is currently serving her first term in the Michigan Senate, and acts as Minority Vice-Chair of both the Health Policy Committee and the Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee. She is also a member of the Finance Committee, the Regulatory Reform Committee, and the Reforms, Restructuring, and Reinventing Committee.

Prior to her work as a Senator, Rebekah was privileged to serve the citizens of Ann Arbor as State Representative for the 53rd House District for four years. During her first term in the House, she received statewide acclaim for her ability to reach across the aisle and negotiate the bipartisan passage of landmark water protection legislation that effectively banned the diversion of Great Lakes water from outside the basin.

This term Rebekah’s legislative priorities include continuing to preserve our precious natural resources, expanding access to health care coverage, investing in education, strengthening our economy, and defending our civil rights and liberties.



collapse : November
JB Ruhl on The Political Economy of Climate Change Winners
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 11/1/2012
Time: 4-5pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description: 
David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair in Law
Co-Director, Energy, Environment, and Land Use Program
Vanderbilt Law School
"The Political Economy of Climate Change Winners"
 


collapse : October
John Denniston
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 10/18/2012
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Hutchins Hall 116
Description: 
John Denniston, '83, is a venture capitalist with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. John co-runs the KPCB Green Growth Fund, which invests in and supports growth-stage greentech sustainability companies. John is actively involved in public policy issues, having testified before Congressional committees on numerous occasions. John serves on the board of advisors of the National Renewable Energy Labs.


Richard Revesz on Regulatory Change and Optimal Transition Relief
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 10/3/2012
Time: 4:30-5:30 pm
Location: 132 Hutchins Hall
Description: 
Dean and Professor
New York University School of Law
"Regulatory Change and Optimal Transition Relief"
 
Complete video of Dean Revesz's lecture can be seen at:


collapse : April
Trip Van Noppen
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 4/10/2012
Time: 4-5:30pm
Location: 250 Hutchins
Description: 
President
Earthjustice
San Francisco, CA
"Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Where Law and Politics Intersect"


collapse : March
Todd S. Aagaard
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 3/6/2012
Time: 12:10-1:10pm
Location: 1020 LS South Hall
Description: 
Associate Professor of Law
Villanova University School of Law
"A Functional Approach to Risks and Uncertainties under NEPA"
 


collapse : February
Barton H. "Buzz" Thompson, Jr.
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 2/6/2012
Time: 4-5pm
Location: 0225 LS South Hall
Description: 
Professor, Stanford Law School and the Perry L. McCarty Director and Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment
"Water as a Public Commodity"
Video


collapse : November
Lisa Heinzerling
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 11/17/2011
Time: 12:10-1:10pm
Location: 250 Hutchins
Description: 
Professor of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
"Climate Change at EPA"


collapse : October
Rachel Jacobson
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 10/10/2011
Time: 12-1pm
Location: 116 Hutchins
Description: 
Acting Asst. Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks
U.S. Department of the Interior
"Natural Resource Damages and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill"
Video


collapse : April
Joseph L. Sax
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 4/11/2011
Time: 7:30-9pm
Location: 250 Hutchins
Description: 
James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation, Emeritus
University of California-Berkeley
"An Environmental Agenda: The Task Before Us"
Video


collapse : February
Douglas Kysar
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 2/9/2011
Time: 12-1:10pm
Location: 120 Hutchins
Description: 
Joseph M. Field '55 Professor of Law
Yale University
"Regulating from Nowhere: Environmental Law and the Search for Objectivity"
Video


collapse : January
Juliet B. Schor
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 1/20/2011
Time: 6-7:15pm
Location: 116 Hutchins
Description: 
Professor of Sociology
Boston College
"Plenitude: Policies for Transition to a Small-Scale, Time-Abundant, High-Satisfaction Sustainable Economy"
Video


collapse : November
Lana Pollack
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 11/8/2010
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location: 132 Hutchins
Description: 
U.S. Section Chair
International Joint Commission
"Sink or Swim: International Negotiations and the Fight to Save the Great Lakes"


collapse : October
Todd D. Stern
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 10/8/2010
Time: 12:30-1:30pm
Location: 120 Hutchins
Description: 
Special Envoy for Climate Change
U.S. Department of State
"A New Paradigm: Climate Change Negotiations in the Post-Copenhagen Era"


collapse : September
Victoria A. Arroyo
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 9/21/2010
Time: 5-6pm
Location: 220 Hutchins
Description: 
Executive Director
Georgetown State-Federal Climate Resource Center
Georgetown University Law Center
"Climate Change Policy and Politics in the U.S.: States in the Lead"


collapse : March
Larry J. Schweiger
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 3/23/2010
Time: 5-6pm
Location: Lawyers Club Lounge
Description: 
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Wildlife Federation
"Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth"
Video


collapse : February
Robert W. Adler
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 2/24/2010
Time: 5-6pm
Location: 132 Hutchins
Description: 
James I. Farr Chair and Professor of Law
S. J. Quinney College of Law
University of Utah
"Climate Change and Drought: Balancing Risk and Compassion"
Video


David Sandalow
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 2/1/2010
Time: 4-5:15pm
Location: 116 Hutchins
Description: 
Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs
U.S. Department of Energy
"Global Warming and Global Governance"


collapse : December
Howard A. Learner
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 12/3/2009
Time: 4-5:15pm
Location: 116 Hutchins
Description: 
President and Executive Director
Environmental Law & Policy Center, Chicago, IL
Adjunct Professor
University of Michigan Law School
"Growing the Green Economy to Solve Our Global Warming Problems ... and More"
Video


collapse : November
John C. Cruden
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 11/9/2009
Time: 4:30-5:45pm
Location: 120 Hutchins
Description: 
Acting Assistant Attorney General
Environment and Natural Resources Division
U.S. Department of Justice
"The Department of Justice's ENR Division: A Century of Litigation (and Some Current Events)"
Video


collapse : April
Jerome Ringo
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 4/13/2009
Time: 4-5pm
Location: 250 Hutchins
Description: 
President
The Apollo Alliance, San Francisco, CA
Fmr. Chair of the Board, National Wildlife Federation (2005-07)
"The Color of Green: The Next Inconvenient Truth"
Video


collapse : March
Richard J. Lazarus
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 3/5/2009
Time: 12:20-1:20pm
Location: 250 Hutchins
Description: 
Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Supreme Court Inst.
Georgetown University Law Center
"Environmental Litigation Before the U.S. Supreme Court: A Case Study of the Roberts Court"
Video


collapse : November
Thomas L. Sansonetti
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 11/13/2008
Time: 4-5pm
Location: 116 Hutchins
Description: 
Partner
Holland & Hart, Cheyenne, WY
Assistant Attorney General, ENR Division, U.S. Department of Justice (2001-05)
"A Westerner's Perspective on the Environmental Agenda for the Next Administration"


collapse : October
Ronald J. Tenpas
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 10/6/2008
Time: 12:20-1:20pm
Location: 150 Hutchins
Description: 
Assistant Attorney General, ENR Division
U.S. Department of Justice
"Emerging Trends in Environmental Litigation: National Security and Greenhouse Gas Emissions"
Video


collapse : April
James Gus Speth
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 4/14/2008
Time: 4-5pm
Location: 250 Hutchins
Description: 
Dean and Professor of Environmental Policy
School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Yale University
"The Coming Transformation: America, Capitalism and the Environmental Future" 


collapse : February
The Honorable B. Lynn Winmill
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 2/14/2008
Time: 4-5pm
Location: 120 Hutchins
Description: 
Chief Judge
U.S. District Court
District of Idaho
"A View from the Bench: Judicial Perspective on Environmental Litigation"


collapse : December
Steven E. Chester
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 12/5/2007
Time: 4-5pm
Location: 132 Hutchins
Description: 
Director
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
"The State of the Michigan Environment: From the Great Lakes to Climate Change"


collapse : October
Jeffrey P. Minear
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 10/10/2007
Time: 4-5pm
Location: 116 Hutchins
Description: 
Administrative Assistant to Chief Justice John G. Roberts
Supreme Court of the United States


collapse : September
Carol M. Browner
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 9/11/2007
Time: 4-5pm
Location: 100 Hutchins
Description: 
Fmr. Cabinet Member and Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1993-2001)


 
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