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Environmental and Energy Law Program

  • Gina McCarthy

    New EPA administrator speaks at HLS (video)

    July 10, 2013

    Less than two weeks after being confirmed by the Senate as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Gina McCarthy delivered an inaugural address at Harvard Law School on Tuesday, July 30.

  • Richard Lazarus '79

    Richard Lazarus: Environmental law has fallen ‘in arrears’

    May 3, 2013

    Environmental lawlessness was the topic of discussion on April 10, as Richard Lazarus ’79, one of the nation’s foremost experts on environmental law, gave a lecture marking his appointment to the Howard J. and Katherine W. Aibel Professorship of Law.

  • Harvard Law study finds legal fractures in chemical disclosure laws

    May 3, 2013

    A registry intended to provide information to the public about the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing is not an acceptable regulatory measure, according to a recently released report by Harvard Law School’s Environmental Law Program Policy Initiative.

  • Bruce Babbitt ’65

    At HLS award ceremony, Babbitt challenges ‘haphazard infrastructure decisions’ (video)

    March 19, 2013

    On March 14, the Harvard Law School Environmental Law Society presented its annual Horizon award to Bruce Babbitt ’65, who previously served as secretary of the interior and governor of Arizona.The award is a means of recognizing great people who have accomplished great things in the field of environment and natural resources law, and to provide a forum in which to discuss those achievements.

  • HLS Environmental Law Clinic wins victory for renewable energy

    August 8, 2012

    For more than two years, Harvard Law School’s Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic has represented a group of general contractors who specialize in renewable energy projects but were being blocked from installing solar power by a state licensing board. Led by Clinic Director and Clinical Professor Wendy Jacobs, Harvard Law School students have prevailed in a two-year battle to lift restrictions on the installation of solar power in Massachusetts.

  • Breaking the Logjam: An interview with Richard Lazarus

    July 1, 2012

    On his priorities for the HLS Environmental Law Program, his experience arguing before the Supreme Court and on why climate change legislation is especially vulnerable to being unraveled over time.

  • A Conversation with Jody LaNasa ’94

    July 1, 2012

    In 2007, Joseph “Jody” LaNasa ’94 launched Serengeti Asset Management, an opportunistic hedge fund that focuses on value investments in the debt and equity of public and private companies.

  • The Ripple Effect: A watershed year for the Environmental Law Program

    June 11, 2012

    The scope of Harvard Law School's Environmental Law Program has grown significantly since Professor Jody Freeman LL.M. ’91 S.J.D. ’95 launched it six years ago “with the ambition of building the best environmental law and policy program in the world.”

  • Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board

    At HLS, head of California air pollution regulatory board discusses states’ climate change action (video)

    March 5, 2012

    At an event at Harvard Law School's Austin Hall on Feb. 27, Mary Nichols, head of California’s air pollution regulatory board, said that with climate change action stalled in Washington, D.C., the states are taking the lead in creating ways to reduce carbon emissions.

  • HLS Professor Richard J. Lazarus

    Harvard Thinks Green (video)

    January 5, 2012

    The United States is experiencing “an environmental law-making crisis,” said Harvard Law School Professor Richard Lazarus at “Harvard Thinks Green,” an environmental sustainability event held at Harvard in December. The event was co-hosted by Harvard Thinks Big, the Office for Sustainability and the Center for the Environment at Harvard University.

  • Heron ’12 presents oral argument in environmental law case

    October 25, 2011

    Environmental Law & Policy Clinic student Rachel Heron ’12 presented a 3-hour oral argument on a motion for summary judgment in an important, precedent-setting administrative proceeding concerning the right of renewable energy companies to conduct business and install solar energy systems in Massachusetts.

  • HLS Professor Jody Freeman, ELI President John Cruden, and HLS Professor Richard Lazarus

    Environmental Law experts review cases before the Court (video)

    October 4, 2011

    On September 28, the Harvard Law School Environmental Law Program and Environmental Law Institute hosted a Supreme Court Review and Preview to discuss the implications of recent Supreme Court decisions on the field of environmental law. Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow introduced the event, and emphasized the Supreme Court’s role in the formation of environmental policy in the United States.

  • Professor Richard J. Lazarus '79

    Lazarus honored with ABA Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy

    August 17, 2011

    In August, Professor Richard Lazarus ’79 was honored at the ABA annual meeting in Toronto with the association’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy. The award was given to Lazarus for his significant leadership in improving environmental protection and sustainable development.

  • Green Cup Challenge

    Green Cup challenge emphasizes importance of reducing carbon footprint

    July 14, 2011

    After a yearlong competition involving sustainability pledges, bottled water and green apparel, Section 6 emerged victorious in the first-annual Harvard Law School 1L Green Cup.

  • HLS Celebrating Earth Month

    HLS celebrates Earth Month at Harvard (slideshow)

    May 17, 2011

    In April, Harvard Law School participated in festivities commemorating Earth Month at Harvard, an inaugural initiative featuring university-wide events and activities to celebrate and raise awareness about environmental issues.  

  • Richard J. Lazarus '79

    Richard J. Lazarus appointed Professor of Law at Harvard

    April 20, 2011

    Richard J. Lazarus ’79, one of the nation’s foremost experts on environmental law and also a leading practitioner in the U.S. Supreme Court, will join the Harvard Law School faculty this summer as a tenured Professor of Law.

  • Jody Freeman to return in March after serving in the White House

    February 24, 2010

    Professor Jody Freeman will return to the Harvard Law School faculty in March 2010, after serving in the White House as Counselor for Energy and Climate Change since January, 2009.

  • Jody Freeman explains why there’s no time to waste in the field of environmental law

    August 22, 2008

    Professor Jody Freeman LL.M. ’91 S.J.D. ’95 joined the faculty in 2005. She recently told the Harvard Law Bulletin why climbing Mount Kilimanjaro didn’t turn her into an environmentalist—and what did.

  • Startup for an Ailing Planet

    July 28, 2008

    Harvard Law School’s new program, and its faculty director, aim to change the way we think about environmental law

  • Benjamin Thibault ’09

    Jacobs’ Ladder

    July 28, 2008

    A new clinic lets students step up to environmental challenges—and onto the first rungs of their careers

  • Jody Freeman

    Everything … and Right Now

    July 1, 2008

    The founding director of Harvard’s new Environmental Law Program wastes no time—and says there’s no time to waste. Credit: Leah Fasten Professor Jody Freeman