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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 : September
 ELPP Panel Discussion: Department of Justice
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 9/9/2016
Time: 11:45 AM
Location: South Hall Room 1225

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. 

ELPP Careers Series: Dr. Laura Huomo, LL.M. '01
Program: ELPP Careers in Environmental Law Series
Date: 9/21/2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: South Hall room 1020
See a video recording of Dr. Huomo's talk here.
Please join us for the first of this year's ELPP Careers Series talks. Dr. Laura Huomo (LL.M. '01), energy & capital markets counsel at Roschier in Helsinki, will speak about her career trajectory. Dr. Huomo has extensive experience in international equity and debt capital offerings, including IPOs, as well as banking and structured finance transactions, and she focuses in particular on European and Finnish energy regulation and energy sector financing.

collapse : October
 ELPP Careers Series: Stacey Geis, Earthjustice
Program: ELPP Careers in Environmental Law Series
Date: 10/10/2016
Time: 11:50 AM
Location: South Hall room 0220

​View a video recording of Ms. Geis' talk here.

Stacey Geis, managing attorney of the California regional office of Earthjustice, will speak about both her career and environmental crimes prosecution. 

Ms. Geis joined Earthjustice in 2014 after having spent over ten years prosecuting environmental crimes at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco. While there, she criminally prosecuted pollution, fisheries, and wildlife cases, including the criminal prosecution of Walmart in 2013 for nationwide illegal hazardous waste practices and the criminal prosecution of the shipping company and the bar pilot who caused the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill in the San Francisco Bay. Before that, she was the senior prosecutor for the California Circuit Prosecutor Project and prosecuted over 100 criminal and civil environmental enforcement cases around the State. For her work, she has been named one of California’s Top 100 Lawyers by the Daily Journal and, in 2014, received the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award. 

Ms. Geis is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Virginia School of Law. Before starting her career as a litigator, Stacey clerked for the Honorable Samuel Conti of the Northern District of California. 

ELPP Lecture Series: Lee Paddock, The George Washington University Law School
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 10/20/2016
Time: 11:50 AM
Location: South Hall room 1020

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.

collapse : November
 ELPP Lecture Series: Robin Greenwald
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 11/15/2016
Time: 11:50 AM
Location: South Hall room 1020

​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.

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