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NRLI Distinguished Visitors

Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Law program will welcome Rena Steinzor, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and a founder and past president of the Center for Progressive Reform, as its 28th annual Natural Resources Law Institute Distinguished Visitor.  Beginning October 7th, Professor Steinzor will spend three days on campus attending classes and meeting students, and presenting a public lecture entitled “How White Collar Criminal Enforcement Can Save the Environment” to the law school community on Thursday, October 8, 2015 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  All are welcome to attend the lecture. 

Professor Steinzor teaches administrative law, food safety, and advanced courses on the regulatory system, as well as legal analysis and writing/contracts.  Professor Steinzor has written extensively in the fields of public health and the environment.  She is the editor, with Christopher Schroeder, of A New Progressive Agenda for Public Health and the Environment, published by Carolina Academic Press.  She has testified before Congress on several occasions, most recently regarding the impact of health, safety, and environmental regulations on the economy.  

Prior to the public lecture, the law school will honor three environmental law alumni as Distinguished Environmental Law Graduates.  This award, started in 1995 in honor of the environmental law program’s 25th anniversary, recognizes several alumni each year who have made a significant contribution to the environmental or natural resources law or policy fields.   The environmental and natural resources law faculty select the recipients each year.  The recipients for 2015 are:  Marco Gonzalez, ’97, a cofounder and Managing Partner of Coast Law Group LLP; Karla Raettig, ’97,  Executive Director of Maryland League of Conservation Voters; and Kenneth “KC” Schefski, ’99, Acting Director of the Waste and Chemical Enforcement Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Civil Enforcement in Washington, D.C. 

The Environmental Alumni Association also will present the annual Williamson Award to honor a recent graduate of the environmental and natural resources law program dedicated to the pursuit of public interest environmental law.  The Environmental Alumni Association provides funding for this award, named for Emeritus Professor Bill Williamson, the founder of the Lewis & Clark’s environmental law program.  This year’s recipient is Jonah Sandford, ’15.

 Prior Distinguished Visitors include:


Professor Richard L. Revesz New York University School of Law

“Three Stages in the Evolution of Environmental Policy”

Professor Jim Salzman  Duke University

“Turning the World Upside Down: How Frames of Reference Shape Environmental Law”

Professor Hope Babcock  Georgetown Law

Putting a Price on Whales to Save Them

Professor Jody Freeman   Harvard Law

  The President’s Role in Environmental Law


Professor Douglas A. Kysar
Yale Law School

What Climate Change Can Do About Tort Law


Professor J.B. Ruhl
Florida State University College of Law

After Cap-and-Trade: The Climate-Forced Path of Environmental Law

2008 Professor Christopher Schroeder
Duke University School of Law
Moving the 21st Century Environmental Agenda: Lessons from the Environmental Decade of the 1970s
2007 Professor Lisa Heinzerling
Georgetown University Law Center
Climate Change in the Supreme Court
2006 Professor Robert Glennon
University of Arizona Rogers College of Law
The Environmental Consequences of
Groundwater Pumping:
Herein Tales of Bottled Water
and French Fries
2005 Professor Eric Freyfogle
University of Illinois School of Law
Goodbye to the Public/Private Divide
2004 Professor Nicholas Robinson
Pace University School of Law
Conceiving Laws for the Biosphere
2003 Dean David H. Getches
University of Colorado
School of Law
“Water Wrongs: Why Can’t We Do It Right the First Time?”
2002 Professor Robert Percival
University of Maryland
School of Law
“Greening the Constitution”
2001 Professor Zygmunt Plater
Boston College School of Law
“Law and the Fourth Estate: Endangered Nature, the Press, and the Dicey Game of Democratic Governance”
2000 John Leshy, Solicitor
U.S. Department of Interior (1993-2001)
“The Babbit Legacy at the Department of Interior: A Preliminary View”
1999 Professor Barton Thompson, Jr.
Stanford University
Law School
“Tragically Difficult: The Problems of Regulating the Commons”
1998 Professor Suedeen G. Kelly
University of New Mexico
School of Law
“The New Electric Power Houses in America: Will They Transform Your Life?”
1997 Professor Oliver Houck
Tulane University
School of Law
“Are Humans Part of Ecosystems?”
1996 Professor Richard Lazarus
Georgetown University
Law Center
“Fairness in Environmental Law”
1995 Professor Gerald Torres
University of Texas
School of Law
“Taking & Giving: Police Power, Public Value, and Private Right”
1994 Professor Robert Fowler
Director, Australian Centre
for Environmental Law
“Applying Environmental Disclosure Requirements Extraterritorially to Transnational Corporations”
1993 Professor Carol Rose
Yale Law School
“Environmental Lessons”
1992 Professor Harrison Dunning
University of California
at Davis School of Law
“Current Issues”
1991 Professor William Rodgers
University of Washington
Law School
“Working with Scientists, Public Lands Acquisition, Other Recent Lessons from Washington, D.C.”
1990 Professor Daniel Farber
University of Minnesota
School of Law
“Reserve Mining and Judicial Review”
1989 Professor James Krier
University of Michigan
Law School
“The Critical Roles of Politics and Economics in Resolving Environmental Issues”
1988 Professor Frederick Anderson
American University
Washington College of Law
“Environmental Aspects of Recombinant DNA Research and Products”

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