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Lectures and Forums

The Environmental Law and Policy Program brings renowned scholars in the field of environmental law and policy to the Law School each year, giving students the opportunity to explore current issues and learn from leaders in the environmental law movement in the United States. Notable speakers who visited Michigan Law in recent years include Joseph L. Sax, one of the original leaders of the environmental law movement and a former Michigan Law professor; Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation; Carol Browner, former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.

Videos from events that have occurred during the current academic year are provided below. Additional information about the various ELPP lecture series, forums, and conferences—as well as videos for events that occurred during previous academic years—can be found using the navigational links on the left.

Carol M. Browner
Carol M. Browner, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1993–2001), 2007–08 ELPP Lecture Series
Steven E. Chester
Steven E. Chester, Director, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, 2007–08 ELPP Lecture Series
Lisa Heinzerling
Lisa Heinzerling, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, ELPP inaugural Conference (Fall 2008)
Miriam Horn
Miriam Horn, Environmental Defense Fund, author, former senior editor at U.S. News and World Report, panelist, ELPP inaugural Conference (Fall 2008)
Jerome Ringo
Jerome Ringo, President, The Apollo Alliance; Chair of the Board, National Wildlife Federation (2005–2007), 2008–09 ELPP Lecture Series
Larry J. Schweiger
Larry J. Schweiger, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Wildlife Federation, 2009–10 ELPP Lecture Series
Todd D. Stern
Todd D. Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change, U.S. Department of State, 2010–11 ELPP Lecture Series
Ronald J. Tenpas
Ronald J. Tenpas, Assistant Attorney General, United States Department of Justice (ENRD), 2008–09 ELPP Lecture Series
B. Lynn Winmill
The Honorable B. Lynn Winmill, Chief Judge, United States Court, District of Idaho, 2007–08 ELPP Lecture Series
Jennifer M. Granholm
The Honorable Jennifer M. Granholm, Governor, State of Michigan (2002–2010), ELPP inaugural Conference (Fall 2008)
Gary S. Guzy
Gary S. Guzy, Deputy Director and General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, ELPP Conference 2010
John C. Cruden
John C. Cruden, President, Environmental Law Institute, featured speaker, ELPP Conference 2012
Richard J. Lazarus
Richard J. Lazarus, Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, featured speaker, ELPP Conference 2012
Bob Perciasepe
Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, keynote speaker, ELPP Conference 2012
collapse : September
 A Conversation with Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 9/26/2019
Time: 4:30-6:00 PM
Location: Jeffries Hall room 1225
Description:  

View a video recording of Governor Patrick's talk here.

​Please join us for the first installment of the Environmental Law & Policy Program's 2019-2020 Lecture Series. We are hosting "A Conversation with Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick," including an introduction by David Uhlmann, Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice and Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Program. This event is free and open to the public, and will be immediately followed by a reception.



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 Colin Owyang, '95
Program: ELPP Careers in Environmental Law Series
Date: 10/17/2019
Time: 11:45 AM-1:00 PM
Location: Jeffries Hall room 1020
Description:  

​View a video recording of Mr. Owyang's talk here

Please join us for the latest installment of the Environmental Law & Policy Program's Career in Environmental Law Speaker Series. Colin Owyang, '95, will speak about his career trajectory.

Colin Owyang is Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary at VELCO. Prior to joining VELCO in February 2016, Colin served as the Deputy Attorney General in Massachusetts, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at National Grid USA, Assistant U.S. Attorney in Boston, MA, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and Trial Attorney in Washington, DC, and as a law clerk to three federal judges. Colin is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Yale College and Yale University. He currently serves on the boards of directors of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation and Champlain College.
A free, non-pizza lunch will be served.


 Congressman Ted Deutch of Florida's 22nd District
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 10/28/2019
Time: 11:50 AM-12:50 PM
Location: Jeffries Hall room 1225
Description:  

View a video recording of Rep. Deutch's talk here.

Please join us for the latest installment of the Environmental Law & Policy Program's 2019-2020 Lecture Series. This program will feature US Congressman Ted Deutch of Florida's 22nd District. ​ An introduction will be provided by David Uhlmann,  Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice and Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Program.

This event is free and open to the public.



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 Alexandra Klass, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, University of Minnesota Law School
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 11/21/2019
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: Jeffries Hall room 1020
Description:  
View a recording of Professor Klass's talk here.

Please join us for the latest installment of the Environmental Law & Policy Program's 2019-2020 Lecture Series. This program will feature Alexandra Klass, Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School . ​ An introduction will be provided by David Uhlmann,  Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice and Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Program.

This event is free and open to the public.


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 Lisa Heinzerling, Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 1/30/2020
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: Jeffries Hall room 1020
Description:  
Please join us for the latest installment of the Environmental Law & Policy Program's 2019-2020 Lecture Series. This program will feature Lisa Heinzerling, Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. ​ An introduction will be provided by David Uhlmann,  Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice and Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Program.

This event is free and open to the public.


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 Julia Olson, Executive Director & Chief Legal Counsel, Our Children's Trust, & Chief Legal Counsel for plaintiffs in Juliana v. U.S.
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 3/12/2020
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: Jeffries Hall room 1020
Description:  
Please join us for the latest installment of the Environmental Law & Policy Program's 2019-2020 Lecture Series. This program will feature Julia Olson, Executive Director & Chief Legal Counsel at Our Children's Trust and the Chief Legal Counsel for plaintiffs in Juliana v. U.S.. ​ An introduction will be provided by David Uhlmann,  Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice and Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Program.

This event is free and open to the public.


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 Richard Lazarus, Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard University Law School
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 4/9/2020
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: Jeffries Hall room 1020
Description:  
Please join us for the latest installment of the Environmental Law & Policy Program's 2019-2020 Lecture Series. This program will feature Richard Lazarus, Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law at Harvard University Law School. ​ An introduction will be provided by David Uhlmann,  Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice and Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Program.

This event is free and open to the public.


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