Prosecuting & Defending Environmental Crimes 909-S2
Adjunct Professor: Kevin Cassidy
Class meets July 23 - August 5
Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm Classroom: Smith
Exam: August 5
A strong environmental enforcement program, including the availability of criminal sanctions, is imperative to the success of environmental protection efforts in this country. The United States is fortunate to have one of the strongest environmental crimes programs in the world. However, the program has its critics, who have argued that environmental violations, which often involve complex regulatory schemes, are a poor fit for traditional criminal enforcement. This course will consider the theoretical, policy and practical issues raised by the enforcement of environmental crimes. While the course will focus on enforcement, it also will cover defense of environmental charges, in particular those brought in the corporate context. After an overview of the environmental crimes program and discussion of the mental state requirements for environmental crimes, we will consider the criminal provisions of all of the major environmental statues, including wildlife crimes under the Lacey Act.