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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

Environmental Law Distinguished Visitor, Prof. Dan Esty, gives public lecture at Lewis & Clark Law

November 21, 2016

On October 18 and 19 we welcomed Yale Law Professor Dan Esty as our annual Natural Resources Law Institute Distinguished Visitor. Prof. Esty participated in classes, including our LLM seminar, met with students, and delivered a lecture the evening of October 19th at the law school titled: “From 20th Century Environmental Protection to 21st Century Sustainability: Evolving Law and Policy.” 

Prior to the lecture the law school honored several alumni as Distinguished Graduates: Jeff Litwak (’97), Gloria Smith (’97), and Eric Fjelstad (’94). Recent alum, Emma Bruden, also was honored as the 2016 Williamson Award winner.

Dan Esty is the Hillhouse Professor at Yale University with primary appointments in Yale’s Environment and Law Schools and a secondary appointment at the Yale School of Management. He serves as Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy ( He is the author or editor of ten books and dozens of articles on environmental protection, energy, and sustainability – and their connections to corporate strategy, competitiveness, trade, performance measurement, and economic development. 

From 2011 to 2014, Prof. Esty served as Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection where he earned a reputation for bringing innovative thinking to both energy and environmental policy making. Prior to taking up his Yale Professorship in 1994, he served in a variety of senior positions at the US Environmental Protection Agency (where he helped negotiate the 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change) and was a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, DC.

A link to the podcast of the award ceremony and remarks is available at this link: