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2020 Kennedy Lecture featuring Harvard Professor Richard Lazarus, who will discuss his book on Massachusetts v. EPA

Date: 5:30pm PST March 4 Location: Law Campus

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In 2020, this lecture is one of a number of events celebrating 50 years of environmental law at Lewis & Clark Law School.

Please RSVP here no later than February 24, 2020.

About the speaker

Richard Lazarus is the Howard J. and Katherine W. Aibel Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Supreme Court Advocacy, and Torts. Professor Lazarus has represented the United States, state and local governments, and environmental groups in the United States Supreme Court in more than 40 cases and has presented oral argument in 14 of those cases, most recently for respondent in Murr v. Wisconsin (2017). Before joining the Harvard law faculty, he was the Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Professor of Law at Georgetown University, where he founded the Georgetown Supreme Court Institute and served as its faculty director. The Institute prepares attorneys for Supreme Court oral argument in more than ninety percent of the cases. For ten years, he has co-taught during the summer a course on the history of the U.S. Supreme Court with the Chief Justice of the United States. Professor Lazarus writes broadly on topics relating to Supreme Court decision-making, focusing on both advocacy before and within the Court, and on environmental law. His most recent publication, The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court (Harvard University Press 2020) tells the inside story of the Supreme Court’s 2007 decision in Massachusetts v. EPA, the Court’s most famous environmental law case. Professor Lazarus previously worked for the Solicitor General’s Office (1986-89), where he was Assistant to the Solicitor General. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1979 and has a BS from the University of Illinois in Chemistry and a BA in Economics.  

About the Justice Kennedy Lecture series

The lecture series, now in its eleventh year, is designed to promote discussion of cutting-edge issues affecting the U.S. Supreme Court and the Constitution. The program was established with the approval of Justice Anthony Kennedy when he visited the law school in the fall of 2008. The lecture series is part of “Constitution Day,” when schools provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution.

In 2020, this lecture is one of a number of events celebrating 50 years of environmental law.

CLE Credit:  This program has applied for one General MCLE Credit through the Oregon State Bar.

Transportation: Limited paid parking will be available on campus. Public transportation is encouraged.

Dress Code: The dress code is business casual/business standard.

Contact: For more information, please contact Kerry Rowand at 503-768-6912 or

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