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ELPP Lecture Series

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.

For a complete list of past speakers as well as videos of their presentations (when available), visit our ELPP Lecture Series Archive Page.

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

​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.



collapse : March
 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
Description: 

​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 : February
 Sean H. Donahue of the law firm Donahue, Goldberg & Weaver, LLP
Program: ELPP Lecture Series
Date: 2/19/2019
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: Hutchins Hall room 116
Description: 
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. 

Mr. Donahue’s practice is focused on appellate litigation, including environmental cases in federal and state appellate courts, legal counseling, and helping clients communicate effectively to courts, agencies, and other audiences. He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and the State of California. 

A 1992 graduate of University of Chicago Law School, Mr. Donahue served as law clerk to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, then of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and to Justice John Paul Stevens. He entered private practice at Jenner & Block’s Washington office, where he worked on civil matters including in telecommunications and First Amendment law. He then spent four years at the Department of Justice, Environmental and Natural Resources Division, Appellate Section, briefing and arguing cases in the United States Courts of Appeals, and state supreme courts concerning federal environmental and natural resources law, federal property law, takings, and Indian law. 

Mr. Donahue has argued approximately 50 cases in federal and state appellate courts. Since first establishing his own practice in 2002, he has represented environmental and public health organization parties in numerous major environmental and clean energy cases in the Supreme Court and the courts of appeals. His current practice includes representation of public interest organizations, governmental bodies, and private entities in environmental, energy, natural resources, and other cases. He has taught courses in environmental law, civil procedure, constitutional law, climate change law and policy, and other subjects at Washington & Lee University School of Law, Iowa College of Law, and Georgetown University Law Center, and has given presentations at law schools including Berkeley, Columbia, Harvard, Duke, Georgetown, Maryland, NYU, Northwestern, University of Chicago, University of Florida, Vermont Law School, and Washington & Lee.




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
Description: 

​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.




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