Summer School: NEPA, ESA & Fundamentals of Environmental Law
The Environmental Law Institute &
DC Bar’s Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section
Each summer, ELI convenes a complimentary seminar series that offers an introduction to the legal and policy foundations of environmental protection in the United States. ELI’s Summer School is a series of brown-bag lunch seminars taught by experts in their fields, introducing the audience to the major environmental statutes (including NEPA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, TSCA, RCRA, and CERCLA) and land use law.
Who should attend:The series is designed for undergraduates, law students, and graduate students. The series is also appropriate for professionals seeking an introduction or reintroduction to environmental law and policy.
NEPA, ESA & Fundamentals of Environmental Law
The oldest major environmental statutes that we know today have existed for little more than 40 years. This session was an introduction to the framework of environmental law and also highlighted two major statutes: the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), known as the "Magna Carta" of environmental law, and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), known as the "pit bull" of environmental law. This course highlighted how modern environmental law has evolved since it started and discuss ways it is meeting today’s challenges.