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DOJ/ENRD Symposium on The Future of Environmental Law

March 2017

Citation: 47 ELR 10185

Issue: 3

Author: John Cruden, James Bruen, Matthew Oakes, Donald Verrilli, Richard Pierce, Jody Freeman, Andy Mergen, Holly Doremus, Charles Wilkinson, Dave Owen, Joel Mintz, Michael Vandenbergh, and Robert Percival

On November 4, 2016, DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division convened an extraordinary group of legal scholars and practitioners to discuss “The Future of Environmental Law.” Speaking before the presidential election but mindful of the transition possibilities, the symposium panelists identified and discussed cutting-edge issues in administrative law, natural resources law, and environmental enforcement that will be crucial going forward for both government lawyers and the environmental law profession as a whole. Here, we present transcripts of these discussions, which have been edited for style, clarity, and space considerations.

John Cruden is the former Assistant Attorney General of the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. James Bruen is a partner at Farella Braun + Martel LLP and President of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Matthew Oakes is a Trial Attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Donald Verrilli is the former Solicitor General of the United States. Richard Pierce is the Lyle T. Alverson Professor of Law at George Washington University. Jody Freeman is the Archibald Cox Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Andy Mergen is the Deputy Section Chief at the Appellate Section, U.S. Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division. Holly Doremus is the James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation, University of California Berkeley School of Law. Charles Wilkinson is a Distinguished Professor and Moses Lasky Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School. Dave Owen is a Professor of Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law. Joel Mintz is a Professor at Shepard Broad College of Law at Nova Southeastern University. Michael Vandenbergh is the David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law at Vanderbilt University. Robert Percival is the Robert Stanton Professor of Law at the University of Maryland.

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