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The University of Michigan Law School

         The University of Michigan Law School

 Litigating Trump's Environmental Deregulation


Date: 02/19/2019
Time: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Contact: Rickard,Jenny

Location: Hutchins Hall 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. A free, non-pizza lunch will be served.

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.