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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.
Please join the Environmental Law and Policy Program for the latest installment of our Lecture Series. Neela Banerjee, a Washington-based reporter for Inside Climate News, will speak about her investigation into Exxon's early climate research, which was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service reporting.
The event is free and open to the public. Non-pizza lunch will be served.
View a video recording of this lecture.
Please join us for the next installment of the ELPP Lecture Series. Janet McCabe, Senior Law Fellow at the Environmental Law and Policy Center, will be the featured speaker.
Access a video recording of Professor Uhlmann's talk here.
Professor David Uhlmann, Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice and Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Program will speak about climate change and environmental issues in the new Trump Administration.
View a recording of Robin Greenwald's talk here.
Please join us for the latest installment of the ELPP Lecture Series. Robin Greenwald, Of Counsel for environmental pollution and consumer protection at Weitz & Luxenberg PC, will speak about investigations of corporate wrongdoing and environmental enforcement cases.
Please join us for the next installment in our Environmental Law & Policy Program Lecture Series. Lee Paddock, Associate Dean for Environmental Law Studies at The George Washington University Law School, will speak about private environmental governance. A free, non pizza lunch will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
See a video recording of the panel here.
Please join the Law School's Environmental Law and Policy Program as we host a lunch-hour panel discussion featuring the heads of the U.S. Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division from the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations. Professor Uhlmann will moderate a discussion between Lois Schiffer, Thomas Sansonetti, and John Cruden about their work and the challenges for environmental law and policy during the last 24 years.
Please join us for the next installment of the Environmental Law & Policy Program's 2015-2016 Lecture Series. Professor Jonathan Cannon from the University of Virginia School of Law will speak about his new book, Environment in the Balance.
This event is free and open to the public.
Please join us for the next installment of the Environmental Law & Policy Program's Lecture Series. Patricia Beneke, North America Regional Director for the United Nations Environment Programme, will be the featured speaker.
Prior to her May 2014 appointment to the U.N., Ms. Beneke served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for nearly 20 years, specializing in legislation and oversight matters relating to energy policy, water resources, and environmental issues. She also served as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science for five years.
A reception will immediately follow. This event is free and open to the public.
View a video recording of Avi Garbow's talk here.
Please join us for the first installment of the 2015-2016 Environmental Law & Policy Program Lecture Series. Avi Garbow, General Counsel for the U.S. EPA will be the featured speaker.
A free, non-pizza lunch will be served.
On August 7, 2013, Avi S. Garbow was sworn in as General Counsel for the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He previously served as the Agency’s Deputy General Counsel for four years. Garbow has two decades of environmental law experience – in the private and public sectors – and as Deputy General Counsel, was primarily engaged in the significant legal and related policy issues confronting the Agency in its media programs, including air, water, waste, and toxics. From 1992 to 1996, he served in EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, and then served with distinction as a federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice Environmental Crimes Section. In private practice, Garbow was a litigation partner and junior partner at two major international firms. Garbow has served on the boards of directors, and in other capacities, for various environmental and international human rights organizations. Previously, he held leadership positions in the American Bar Association’s International Human Rights Committee. He is the recipient of the University of Virginia School of Law’s Robert F. Kennedy Award for Public Service, holds a Masters Degree in Marine Affairs, and is a former volunteer firefighter.
Please join us for the next installment of the 2014-2015 ELPP Lecture Series. William Brighton, '78, will speak about civil enforcement of environmental law.
William D. Brighton is an Assistant Chief in the Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment & Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice. Before joining the Department of Justice in 1986, he clerked for Judge Myron H. Bright, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and worked at a Washington, D.C. law firm, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. Mr. Brighton currently supervises civil environmental enforcement cases in the six-state area covered by EPA’s Region 5 office in Chicago. He has also served for many years as the Environment Division’s senior advisor on issues relating to natural resource damages. Mr. Brighton was lead counsel on the first federal lawsuit for natural resource damages under CERCLA (In re: Acushnet River & New Bedford Harbor) and on the natural resource damage claims arising from the EXXON VALDEZ oil spill. More recently, he managed the “Bunker Hill Litigation” (U.S. v. ASARCO), which concerns cleanup costs and natural resource damages resulting from 100 years of mining and metal processing activities in the Coeur d’Alene River Basin of Idaho.
This event is free and open to the public.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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