Strategies for Environmental Success in an Uncertain Judicial Climate

Strategies for Environmental Success in an Uncertain Judicial  Climate
Michael Allan Wolf, Editor
Release Date

Over the last 30 years, we have made great progress in curbing the most obvious pollution largely due to effective enforcement of federal and state environmental statutes. Now, however, there is increasing skepticism of the efficiency and even the constitutionality of our bedrock environmental laws from all branches of the federal government, including the courts.

This book is the result of lively debate at the conference “Alternative Grounds: Defending the Environment in an Unwelcome Judicial Climate,” held on November 11, 2004, and co-sponsored by the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law and the Environmental Law Institute. Topics ranged from U.S. Supreme Court trends in environmental law jurisprudence, to innovative federal and state constitutional and statutory arguments that defend environmental protections, to federal provisions most vulnerable to attack on federalism, takings, and separation-of-powers grounds. This thought-provoking and insightful collection of essays provides smart, realistic solutions to the profound and complex legal challenges facing defenders of our environmental protections.

With contributions by: Richard J. Lazarus, Sean H. Donahue, Paul Boudreaux, William W. Buzbee, Robert L. Glicksman, Alyson C. Flournoy, Christopher H. Schroeder, Douglas T. Kendall, Susan George, J.B. Ruhl, Donald W. Stever, and Mary Jane Angelo.

About the Author

Michael Allan Wolf is the first occupant of the Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He joined the Florida law faculty in 2003, after 16 years at the University of Richmond School of Law. ProfessorWolf received his first teaching appointment at Oklahoma City University and has also served as a visiting professor, first at the University of Richmond, then at American University. He has taught and written for more than 20 years in the areas of land use planning, environmental law, property, local government, urban revitalization, and legal and constitutional history. A nationally recognized expert on enterprise and empowerment zones, he has testified several times before congressional committees and state legislature bodies.

Professo Wolf is the General Editor of Powell on Real Property (Matthew Bender), the most prominent national treatise in the field, and is coauthor (with Charles M. Haar) of Land Use Planning (Aspen). His articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review and other leading law and law-related journals, and his commentaries have been featured in national newspapers and on National Public Radio. Professor Wolf received his A.M. (History) and Ph.D. (History of American Civilization) from Harvard University, his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and his B.A. from Emory University.

Book Reviews

"In this important book, Professor Michael Allan Wolf has asked a star-studded cast of environmental law scholars to contemplate the prospect of sustained hostility toward existing environmental statutes by all three branches of the federal government and to suggest appropriate directions for environmental law and  effective roles for environmental lawyers who continue to support the protective goals that motivated society to demand the enactment of those statutes. The result is an easily accessible and thought-provoking collection of realistic ideas for advancing protective societal goals through environmental law in a relatively unsympathetic judicial climate."
- Thomas O. McGarity
W. James Kronzer Chair in Trial and Appellate Advocacy University of Texas School of Law
President, Center for Progressive Reform