Distinguished Environmental Visitor and Graduates Awards

Rena Steinzor was the 28th annual Natural Resources Law Institute Distinguished Visitor.

October 8, 2015

Rena Steinzor Rena SteinzorRena Steinzor was the 28th annual Natural Resources Law Institute Distinguished Visitor.

Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Steinzor is the founder and past president of the Center for Progressive Reform. She teaches administrative law,risk assessment, critical issues in law and science, legal methods, and contracts. Steinzor has written extensively on efforts to reinvent environmental regulation in the United States, the use and misuse of science in environmental policy making, and the devolution of legal and administrative authority to the states. She has also testified before Congress on several occasions, most recently regarding the impact of health, safety, and environmental regulations on the economy.

Steinzor spent three days on campus meeting students and presented a lecture, “How White Collar Criminal Enforcement Can Save the Environment,” to the law school community.

Prior to Steinzor’s lecture, the law school presented the Distinguished Environmental Law Graduate Award to Marco Gonzalez ’97, founder and managing partner of Coast Law Group; Karla Raettig ’97, executive director of the 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 presented the 2015 Williamson Award Jonah L. Sandford ’15. The award, named for the late Professor Emeritus Bill Williamson, founder of Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Law Program, honors a recent graduate who is dedicated to the pursuit of public interest environmental law.