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J. William Futrell

J. William Futrell
Former President, Environmental Law Institute and Former President, Sierra Club

Board dates

1976 - 1979
1980 - 1982
1983 - 2003

J. William Futrell was the President of the Environmental Law Institute from 1980-2003. Before coming to ELI, Mr. Futrell was a Professor of Law at the University of Georgia and at the University of Alabama. Prior to becoming a law professor, Mr. Futrell was a trial attorney. He has been a Woodrow Wilson fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, President and member of the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club during the 1970s' a delegate to the United Nations Conference on Water, and a Fulbright scholar. He is a graduate of Tulane University, and received his law degree from Columbia University.