Environmental Law Virtual Guest Speakers
Sponsored by Mercer Law School
Sponsored by Mercer Law School
Background of the Project
The History: Building on a project that was started in Spring 1998, Mercer University Law School (Macon, Ga.) is working with several other schools to sponsor a "virtual" environmental law lecture series/discussion list during the Spring 2021 semester.
The Process: Several times during the semester, a guest speaker presents a "speech" on an environmental law topic, and participates on a discussion list with students and faculty from schools that are participating in this project. The "speech" may be a text-only speech or interview, or it may be available in audio, video or text format. The speech is made available on this Web site with background information about the speaker(s), links to other information about the topic or the speaker, and a link to the discussion list for the project.
The Discussion List: After the speech or interview is made available online for a few days, the speaker responds to questions or comments from students from all of the participating schools on a threaded discussion list for a week. Students from the participating schools can continue the discussion on the topic on the discussion list (or discuss other topics of interest) even after the guest speaker concludes their participation on the list.
Tune In: Schedule of Speakers for Spring 2022
Archive: Past speakers (1998-2021)
Schools: Participating Schools (1998-2021)
Resources: Other Environmental Law Podcasts and Audio (courtesy of ELTC)
The List: Discussion List for the Guest Speaker Program
Schedule of Speakers for 2022
Feb. 7-11, 2022
Professor Anthony Moffa, Maine Law School, Environmental Indifference: Toxics Exposure in Prisons
Feb. 14-18, 2022
Professor John Ruple, Utah Law School, Bears Ears National Monument: Creation, Reduction, Reinstatement, and Litigation
Feb. 21-25, 2022
Professor John Dernbach, Widener University Commonwealth Law School, Lawyering as if Tomorrow Matters
March 7-11, 2022
Professor Otto Spijkers, Wuhan University, Climate Litigation
March 28 - April 1, 2022
Professor Sarah Morath, Wake Forest Law School, Our Plastic Problem
April 11-15, 2022
Professor Wil Burns, Northwestern University, Marine Based Carbon Removal Law
April 18-23, 2022
Professor Nicholas Robinson, Pace Law School, Zoonosis
Past Participating Schools
Between 1998 and 2020, the following schools have participated (for one of more years) in the program:
- Akron Law School
- Albany Law School
- American University Law School
- Arizona State University College of Law
- Australian Centre for Environmental Law (Australia)
- Barry University Law School
- Boston College Law School
- Buffalo Law School
- Cambridge University (England)
- Capital University Law School
- Chapman University Law School
- Cleveland State University - Cleveland Marshall College of Law
- Drake Law School
- Duke Law School
- Duquesne Law School
- Emory Law School
- Florida Coastal Law School
- Florida State University Law School
- Georgia State University College of Law
- George Washington University School of Law
- Lewis and Clark Law School
- University of Louisville Law School
- Lviv National University (Ukraine)
- Maine Law School
- Netayna Academic College (Israel)
- Northwestern University
- Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College
- Notre Dame Law School
- Pace Law School
- Pepperdine University School of Law
- Pittsburgh Law School
- Rutgers Law School - Camden
- Santa Clara Law School
- Seattle University Law School
- Seton Hall University Law School
- Southern Illinois Law School
- Southern New England School of Law
- Southwestern University School of Law
- Stetson University College of Law
- Strathclyde University (Scotland)
- Texas Tech Law School
- Texas Wesleyan Law School
- Touro Law School
- University of Barcelona (Catalonia, Europe)
- University of Connecticut School of Law
- UCLA Institute of the Environment
- University of Denver College of Law
- University of Florida College of Law
- University of Georgia Law School
- University of Hawaii Law School
- University of Houston Law School
- University of Idaho Law School
- University of Mississippi Law School
- University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School
- University of Oregon Law School
- University of Pittsburgh
- University of Pretoria
- University of San Diego School of Law
- University of South Carolina School of Law
- University of South Dakota Law School
- University of Sydney
- University of Toledo
- Utah Law School
- University of Wyoming College of Law
- Vanderbilt Law School
- Vermont Law School
- Virginia Polytechnic and State University
- Wake Forest Law School
- Washington and Lee Law School
- Washington University School of Law
- Western New England College School of Law
- West Virginia Law School
- Whittier Law School
- Widener University Law School
- Widener University Delaware Law School
- College of William and Mary School of Law
- Willamette Law School
- Wisconsin Law School
- Wyoming Law School
- Yale Law School
Past Speakers (1998 - 2020)
- Professor Karen Bradshaw, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Wildlife as Property Owners
- Professor Sharmila Murthy, Suffolk University Law School, The Constitutionality of State and Local ‘Norm Sustaining’ Actions on Global Climate Change: The Foreign Affairs Federalism Grey Zone
- Professor Zygmunt Plater, Boston College Law School, Teaching Law Students to Teach Environmental Law
- Professor Jonathan Rosenbloom, Vermont Law School, The Sustainable Development Code
- Professor Irma Russell, UMKC School of Law, Ethics, Sustainability and Environmental Justice
- Professor Victor Flatt, University of Houston Law Center, Attorney Ethics Rules and Climate Change
- Professor Joshua Galperin, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Private Environmental Governance
- Professor Erin Okuno, Stetson Law School, Frankenstein’s Mammoth: Anticipating the Global Legal Framework for De-Extinction
- Professor Michael Lewyn, Touro Law School, Why Sprawl is Not Caused by the Free Market
- Dean Jerry L. Anderson, Drake Law School, The Right to Roam
- Professor Melanie Murcott, University of Pretoria, Information Access in South Africa
- Dean Jennifer K. Rushlow, Vermont Law School, Kain v. DEP - Climate Litigation in State Court
- Professors Michael Vandenbergh and Jonathan Gilligan, Vanderbilt University Law School, Beyond Politics
- Professor Ben Boer, University of Sydney, The Need for an International Soils Regime
- Professor Stephen M. Johnson, Mercer Law School, Indeconstructible: The Triumph of the Environmental "Administrative State"
- Professor Katrina Fischer Kuh, Pace University Law School, Against the Will of the People for the Good of Humankind: The Counter-Majoritarian Difficulty and the Role of Courts in an Environmental Democracy
- Professor Zygmunt Plater, Boston College Law School, Takings
- Professor Marianne Engelman-Lado, Yale Law School, Environmental Justice and Civil Rights
- Professor James May, Widener University Delaware Law School, Subnational Environmental Constitutionalism
- Dean Lee Paddock, George Washington University Law School, Private Environmental Governance
- Professor Nadia Ahmad, Barry University Law School, Blood Biofuels
- Dr. Wil Burns, Co-Executive Director, Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, American University, The Paris Agreement and Climate Geoengineering
- Professor Myanna Dellinger, University of South Dakota School of Law, Rethinking Contractual Impraticability in an Era of Anthropogenic Climate Change
- Professor Debra Donahue, Wyoming Law School, Livestock Production, Climate Change and Human Health
- Professor Stephanie Showalter Otts, University of Mississippi School of Law, Marine Aquaculture: Public Controversy, Regulatory Complexity, and Legal Challenges
- Professor Jonathan Wiener, Duke Law School, Environmental Law Goes Retro: Learning Foresight from Hindsight
- Professor Joshua Galperin, Environmental Protection Clinical Director and Lecturer, Yale Law School, Defining and Closing the Hydraulic Fracturing Governance Gap
- Professor Itzchak Ehud Kornfeld, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Constitutions, Courts, Economic and Social Rights, the Right to Potable Water and a Clean Environment
- Professor Edward P. Richards, LSU Law Center, Using Natural Cycles to Make Better Decisions About Adaptation to Climate Change: The Future of the Louisiana Coast
- Professor Zygmunt Plater, Boston College Law School, Lessons Learned From a Tiny Fish ... that no one ever told me in Law School
- Hon Justice Brian Preston SC, Chief Judge, Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, The Environmental Court
- Professor Joshua Galperin, Director, Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, Yale Law School, Eating Invaders
- Professor John Dernbach, Co-Director of the Environmental Law Center, Widener Law School, Sustainability
- Professor Zygmunt Plater, Boston College Law School, 40th Anniversary of the Snail Darter Case
- Professor Hillary Hoffmann, Vermont Law School, Cultural Resource Protection and Federal Livestock Grazing Policy
- Professor Tony Arnold, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Emergence and Evolution of Watershed Institutions
- Professor Melissa Scanlan, University of Wisconsin Law School, Adaptive Management
- Professor Ezra Rosser, Washington College of Law, American University, Ahistorical Indians and Reservation Resources
- Professor Kalyani Robbins, University of Akron Law School, The Regulation of Hydraulic Fraturing Under the Endangered Species Act
- Professor Timothy Mulvaney, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Takings Law and the Matter of Koontz v. St. John's
- Professor Wil Burns, Johns Hopkins University, The European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme: Climate Model or Climate Muddle?
- Professor Elizabeth Burleson, Pace Law School, Hydraulic Fracturing
- Professor Kathryn Kovacs, Rutgers Law School - Camden, Issues Arising Under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act
- Professor Wendy Wagner, University of Texas Law School, An Empirical Study of EPA's HAPS rules
- Professor Douglas Kysar, Yale Law School, Limited Government in an Era of Unlimited Harm: A Case Study of Climate Change Litigation
- Professor Jessica Owley, State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, Conservation Easements
- Professor Sam Kalen, University of Wyoming College of Law, NEPA's Evolution
- Professor John Nagle, Notre Dame Law School, How Much Should China Pollute?
- Professor Dennis Hirsch, Capital University Law School, Green Business
- Professor Michael Vandenbergh, Vanderbilt Law School, Time to Try Carbon Labelling
- Professor Wil Burns, University of Santa Clara School of Law, Geoengineering Proposals, Climate Change and International Governance Structures
- Professor Gabriel Eckstein, Texas Tech Law School, Climate Change Implications for Global Water Resources and International Law
- Professor James Kushner, Southwestern Law School, Planning for Global Climate Change: Mapping the Potential Legislation
- Professor Andrew Long, Florida Coastal Law School, Biodiversity, Forestry and Climate Change in International Environmental Law
- Professor Patrick McGinley, West Virginia Law School, Mountain Top Removal
- Professor Peter Appel, University of Georgia Law School, and Dr. T. Rick Irvin, Sustainable Commerce
- Professor Tony Arnold, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, The Lake, the Trust, and the Map: Can Environmental Law Achieve Environmental Conservation?
- Professor Kim Diana Connolly and Dr. Sonya Forte Duhe;, University of South Carolina, Dealing with Environmental Law and Policy in the Press
- Professor Patricia R. McCubbin, Southern Illinois University School of Law, China and Climate Change
- Professor John C. Nagle, Notre Dame Law School, The Evangelical Debate Over Climate Change
- Professor Victor Flatt, University of Houston Law Center, Taking the Legislative Temperature: Which Federal Climate Change Legislative Proposal is Best?
- Professor Gary Marchant, Arizona State University College of Law, Environmental Regulation of Nanotechnology
- Professor Robin Craig, Florida State University College of Law, Public Health and Ecosystem Services
- Professor Deepa Badrinarayana, Chapman University School of Law, Trade and Climate Change: Is There a Path to Sustainable Development Under Law?
- Professor Lesley McAllister, University of San Diego School of Law, Moving Toward Stringency in Emissions Trading: The Problem of Slack Caps
- Professor Michael C. Blumm, Lewis and Clark Law School, Justice Kennedy and the Environment
- Professor John Dernbach, Widener Law School, Climate Change and Global Warming
- Environmental Law Institute, Marine Aquaculture: A Growing Business
- Professor Dorothy Bisbee, Southern New England School of Law, Applying Agricultural Nuisance and Zoning Exemptions to On-Farm Wind Farms
- Professor Fred Cheever, University of Denver College of Law, Law and Nature on the Wildland-Urban Border
- Environmental Law Institute, Water Cases Before the Supreme Court: Is Federal Environmental law Sunk?
- Professor J.B. Ruhl, Florida State University Law School, The Effects of Wetlands Mitigation Banking on People
- Professor Eleanor Stein, Albany Law School, Global Warming: Public Nuisance or Political Question? A Case Study of Connecticut v. American Electric Power
- Professor Peter Appel, University of Georgia Law School, Wilderness Policy
- Professor William C.G. Burns, University of Redlands, Department of Environmental Studies, Far From Heaven: The Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Pacific Island Developing Countries and International Legal Responses
- ELI Associates Seminar, Alternative Strategies for Addressing Mercury Pollution
- Professor Dennis Hirsch, Capital Law School, What Privacy Regulation Can Learn From Environmental Law
- Professor Hari Osofsky, Whittier Law School, Learning from Environmental Justice: A New Model for International Environmental Rights
- ELI Associates Seminar, Healthy Forests Initiative
- Professor Shi-Ling Hsu, George Washington University Law School, Fairness Versus Efficiency in Environmental Law
- Professor Irma Russell, University of Memphis School of Law, Ethics in the Practice of Environmental Law
- Professor Stephen M. Johnson, Mercer University Law School, Market-Based Pollution Control Programs and Environmental Justice
- Ray Coss, Bridgestone-Firestone, Environmental Management Systems and Voluntary Environmental Codes
- Environmental Law Institute Associates Seminar, Prospects for Second Generation Legislation: Congressional, State, EPA and Other Views
- Dr. Robert J. Goldstein, Pace University School of Law, "Putting Environmental Law on the Map: A Spatial Approach to Environmental Law Using GIS"
- Environmental Law Institute Associates Seminar, Climate Change: Using State Policy Tools at the Federal Level
- Professor Zygmunt Plater, Boston College Law School, "Of Small Fish, Environmental Law and Democratic Governance"
- Professor Susan Smith, Willamette University College of Law, "The Endangered Species Act Goes to the City"
- Professor Robert Verchick, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, "The Commerce Clause, Environmental Justice and the Interstate Garbage Wars
- Andriy Andrusevych, Lviv National University (Ukraine), "Environmental Human Rights in International Law"
- Professor William Buzbee, Emory University Law School, "Sprawl"
- Professor Bob Collin, University of Oregon, "Environmental Justice, Sustainability, and Urban Planning"
- Professor Kim Diana Connolly, University of South Carolina Law School, "Essential Fish Habitat"
- Professor Robin Craig, Western New England College of Law, "Nonpoint source pollution"
- Professor Gary Marchant, Arizona State University Law School (Co-counsel in American Trucking), "American Trucking Associations, Inc. v. EPA"
- Professor John Bonine, University of Oregon Law School, "Standing to Sue: The First Step in Access to Justice"
- Doctor Robert D. Bullard, Clark Atlanta University, "Environmental Justice: Strategies fot Creating Healthy and Suatainable Communities"
- Professor James Grijalva, University of North Dakota School of Law, "Environmental Law in Indian Country"
- Professor Howard Latin, Rutgers Law School/Newark, "EcoVitality"
- Paul Smyth, U.S. Dept. of Interior, Solicitor's Office, "Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument"
- Justine Thompson, Southern Envtl. Law Center, "Regulation of CAFOs"
- Professor Robert Kuehn, Dir. - Tulane Law School Environmental Law Clinic, "The Shintech Siting Controversy"
- Professor Wang Xi, Vice Director, Research Institute of Environmental Law, Wuhan University, "China's role in international environmental law"
- Robert Yuhnke, Lead Counsel, American Lung Assn. v. Browner "The NAAQS process"