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
ELPP Lecture Series: Avi Garbow
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 9/18/2015
Time: 11:50 AM
Location: South Hall room 0225

​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.​

collapse : October
ELPP Careers Series: Russell Smith, '86
Program: ELPP Careers in Environmental Law Series
Date: 10/1/2015
Time: 11:50 AM
Location: Hutchins Hall room 138

​Please join us for the latest installment of the Environmental Law and Policy Program's Careers Series. Russell Smith III, '86, deputy assistant secretary for International Fisheries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will speak about his career trajectory. 

A free, non-pizza lunch will be served, and the event is open to the public.

Russell F. Smith III is deputy assistant secretary for International Fisheries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and is responsible for overseeing NOAA's work with other countries to ensure that fish stocks are sustainably managed. He currently serves as the acting United States Federal commissioner for both the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission and the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas. Smith came to NOAA from the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where he was the director for International Environmental Policy and Multilateral Environmental Agreements since 2006. He joined USTR in 2002 as a deputy director in the Office of the Free Trade Area of the Americas. Prior to that, he had many years of experience at the U.S. Department of Justice and in private practice. He holds a J.D. from Michigan Law and a B.A. from Yale. He is married to Teresa Ferrante and has two daughters and five granddaughters.

ELPP Lecture Series: Patricia Beneke
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 10/28/2015
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: South Hall room 1225

​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.

collapse : November
ELPP Lecture Series: Jonathan Cannon
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 11/18/2015
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: South Hall room 1020

​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.

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