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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 : January
 Opportunity and Action in Federal Environmental Policy
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 1/28/2019
Time: 11:50 AM-12:50 PM
Location: Jeffries Hall room 0220

​View a recording of Doug Parker's talk.

Please join us for the first ELPP Lecture of 2019, presented by Doug Parker, President of Earth & Water Law Group. The Trump administration has drastically changed how federal environmental policy is shaped and implemented.  Beyond this obvious headline, there are much bigger trends that will influence the environment and economy in the years ahead. Mr. Parker will discuss where the real action and opportunity will be in this space in the coming years.

Free, non-pizza lunch will be served.

Doug Parker is a recognized leader in environmental risk and compliance who advises clients on environmental policy, public sector strategies, enforcement actions and crisis management.

At E&W Strategies, he serves clients by providing strategic direction in the areas of corporate and individual risk, crisis mitigation and environmental compliance. He brings a unique perspective to his role as the former Director of EPA's Criminal Investigation Division where he oversaw matters ranging from the investigation into the Deepwater Horizon disaster to the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal.

Doug counsels clients on navigating environmental, health and safety compliance challenges across multiple industries, including the automotive, energy, chemical, utility and manufacturing sectors. He also provides guidance to law firms, consulting firms, and financial entities that are managing compliance matters or are engaged in due diligence with environmental risk implications. Additionally, Doug serves as a subject matter expert for those seeking to understand and navigate the environmental and natural resource policy space or who may be advocating at the federal level on critical policy and enforcement issues.

Doug speaks regularly to industry groups on strategies for navigating environmental risk and has shared his insights on CNN, National Public Radio, as well as in The New York Times and numerous other media outlets.

collapse : February
 Litigating Trump's Environmental Deregulation
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 2/19/2019
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: Hutchins Hall room 116
View a recording for Mr. Donahue's talk here.

Please join us for the latest installment of the ELPP Lecture Series, featuring Sean Donahue of the law firm Donahue, Goldberg & Weaver, LLP.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Sean Donahue, of Donahue, Goldberg & Weaver, LLP, a small DC-based firm whose practice focuses on representing environmental organizations in Clean Air Act and federal climate litigation, as well as cases involving state climate and clean energy initiatives.  Donahue will discuss some of the major Trump Administration deregulatory actions in which he and his colleagues are involved:  proposed repeal of Clean Power Plan and revision of carbon dioxide standards for new power plants; rollbacks of greenhouse gas emissions standards and fuel economy standards for motor vehicles and withdrawal of California’s authority to adopt and enforce separate greenhouse gas standards, and EPA’s proposed finding that Clean Air Act that regulation of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from power plants is not appropriate or necessary.  Donahue will address recurring legal issues and practical challenges involved in litigating such cases, some cross-cutting features of the Trump Administration’s deregulatory efforts in the environmental area, and what to look for as the Administration’s major initiatives move from agency rulemaking to the courts. While dealing with complex administrative law questions and daunting health and environmental hazards, the talk may be punctuated by moments of uplifting humor and cautious optimism.

collapse : March
 "The Environment, Human Rights and Immunity at the World Bank" with David Hunter, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 3/14/2019
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: Hutchins Hall room 138

View a video recording of Professor Hunter's lecture here.​

Please join us for the latest installment of the ELPP Lecture Series, presented by Professor David Hunter from the American University Washington College of Law. 

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

David Hunter is Professor of international and comparative environmental law at American University's Washington College of Law. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Accountability Counsel, the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide-US, and the Project on Government Oversight. He is a Member Scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform and a member of the Organization of American States’ Expert Group on Environmental Law, the InterAmerican Network for Environmental Law’s Advisory Board, and the Strategic Advisors Group for the International Finance Corporation’s Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman. He is co-author of International Environmental Law & Policy (5th ed.) and Climate Change Law (2nd ed.). His research interests include human rights and the environment, environmental standards and accountability mechanisms in international finance, and climate change litigation, law and policy.

collapse : April
 Jennifer Haverkamp, Director of the UM Graham Sustainability Institute
Program: ELPP Careers in Environmental Law Series
Date: 4/2/2019
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: Jeffries Hall room 0220

​Please join us for the latest installment of the ELPP Careers Series, presented by Jennifer Haverkamp, the director of the UM Graham Sustainability Institute. 

Non-pizza lunch will be served. 

Jennifer Haverkamp is an internationally-recognized expert on climate change, international trade, and global environmental policy and negotiations. 

As director of Graham, she is charged with facilitating sustainability-focused collaborations between faculty and students from many disciplines across campus with external stakeholders including communities, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, foundations, professional organizations, and the private sector. Under her leadership, the Graham Sustainability Institute works to bring together the world-class expertise of U-M faculty and students with the knowledge and needs of these off-campus partners to solve sustainability challenges on all scales, from the local to the global. She is also a Professor from Practice at Michigan Law School, teaching courses on international environmental law and trade and sustainability law. 

Before joining U-M in October 2018, Haverkamp served as visiting professor of practice and distinguished practitioner in residence at Cornell Law School, as well as executive in residence at the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, also at Cornell University. 

Prior to that, she served as special representative for environment and water resources, with personal rank of ambassador, in the U.S. Department of State. In 2016, she led U.S. climate negotiators to a successful international agreement under the Montreal Protocol to decrease global use of hydrofluorocarbons, a potent greenhouse gas. She also facilitated a successful agreement by the International Civil Aviation Organization to adopt the first-ever global market-based measure to address aviation carbon emissions. In this role, Haverkamp also oversaw diplomatic engagement in transboundary water management, water conflicts and global water governance. 

Besides her time in the State Department, Haverkamp led the international climate program at the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund, served as the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources, and held positions in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. 

She has been a lecturer teaching international trade and sustainable development law at George Washington University and teaching environmental law and policy at Johns Hopkins University. 

Haverkamp earned a law degree from Yale Law School, was a Rhodes Scholar earning a master’s degree in politics and philosophy at Oxford University and majored in biology at The College of Wooster (on whose board of trustees she has served for many years). She also has served on numerous nonprofit boards and advisory councils, including the boards of the Verified Carbon Standard Association and the American Bird Conservancy as well as on USTR's Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee.

 Richard Revesz
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 4/16/2019
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: Hutchins Hall room 138

View a recording of Professor Revesz's talk here.​

Please join us for the latest installment of the Environmental Law & Policy Program Lecture Series, featuring Professor Richard Revesz from NYU Law. 

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

Richard Revesz is one of the nation’s leading voices in the fields of environmental and regulatory law and policy. His work focuses on the use of cost-benefit analysis in administrative regulation, federalism and environmental regulation, design of liability regimes for environmental protection, and positive political economy analysis of environmental regulation. His book Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Our Health (with Michael Livermore ’06, 2008) contends that the economic analysis of law can be used to support a more protective approach to environmental and health policy. In 2008, Revesz co-founded the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law to advocate for regulatory reform before courts, legislatures, and agencies, and to contribute original scholarly research in the environmental and health-and-safety areas. Revesz received a BS summa cum laude from Princeton University, an MS in civil engineering from MIT, and a JD from Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. After judicial clerkships with Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the US Supreme Court, Revesz joined the NYU School of Law faculty in 1985 and served as dean from 2002 to 2013. Revesz is the director of the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a senior fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States.

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