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NRLI Distinguished Visitors

  On October 24th, the Environmental & Natural Resources Law Program welcomed its 25th annual Natural Resources Law Institute Distinguished Visitor, Hope M. Babcock, Professor of Law at Georgetown School of Law.  The NRLI Distinguished Visitor spends three days on campus attending classes and meeting students and presenting a lecture to the law school community.  Professor Babcock gave a public lecture entitled: Putting a Price on Whales to Save Them: The Moral Infirmities of a Market-Based Solution to a Regulatory Failure or What Do Morals Have to Do With It?image

Prior to the lecture, Professor Michael Blumm announced the awards for the Distinguished Environmental Graduate: Barb Craig ”˜87, Jim Grijalva ”˜89, and Erik Lemelson ”˜92.
Mark Riskedahl, Executive Director of the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, honored Marla Nelson (”˜11) with the Williamson Award for the current year graduating class member who demonstrates outstanding commitment, vision, leadership, and creativity in the field of public interest environmental law.

Professor Babcock is the co-director of the Institute for Public Representation (IPR) at Georgetown Law. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, she was general counsel for the National Audubon Society, practiced energy and environmental law at various Washington, D.C. law firms, and was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy and Minerals in the U.S. Department of the Interior where she oversaw the drafting of strip mining and offshore oil and gas regulations. She served on the ABA’s Standing Committee on Environmental Law and the Clinton-Gore Transition Team. She has published extensively in the fields of environmental, natural resources, and Indian law and has written articles on topics as diverse as indigenous oral history, federalism, the BP Gulf Oil Spill, the legal fiction doctrine, and ocean fish ranching. She received her undergraduate degree from Smith College and law degree from Yale Law School.

Professor Babcock joins a distinguished list of environmental law luminaries who have shared their particular expertise with the Lewis & Clark Law community. Previous Distinguished Visitors, each of whose scholarly work has subsequently appeared in Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Law, include:  



Jody Freeman Harvard Law


  The President’s Role in Environmental Law


Douglas A. Kysar
Yale Law School

What Climate Change Can Do About Tort Law


J.B. Ruhl
Florida State University College of Law

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

2008 Christopher Schroeder
Duke University School of Law
Moving the 21st Century Environmental Agenda: Lessons from the Environmental Decade of the 1970s
2007 Lisa Heinzerling
Georgetown University Law Center
Climate Change in the Supreme Court
2006 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”