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Legends of Environmental Law: A Conversation with Professor Richard Lazarus


May 1, 2014


Washington, DC

The Legends of Environmental Law Speaker Series provides an opportunity for conversations with renowned practitioners, academics and other legal professionals who have had a significant impact on environmental law.

Richard Lazarus is the Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law at Harvard University where he teaches Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law and Supreme Court Advocacy. Professor Lazarus has written extensively on environmental and natural resources law, with a particular emphasis on constitutional law and the Supreme Court. He has published two books on the history of environmental law in the United States.He has been involved in over 40 Supreme Court cases and presented oral arguments in 13 cases. He also served as the Executive Director of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Commission. Professor Lazarus started his career at the Environment & Natural Resources Division at the U.S. Dept. of Justice and later returned to the Department to serve as an Assistant to the Solicitor General. Prior to joining the Harvard law faculty, Professor Lazarus was the Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Professor at Law at Georgetown University where he founded the Supreme Court Institute, which provides practice moot courts for arguing counsel in more than 90 percent of the cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.  He also previously served on the law school faculties at Indiana University (Bloomington) and Washington University in St. Louis.

Professor Lazarus shared his insights into the development of environmental and natural resources law in the United States and lessons learned during his career with the government and academia.