Virtual Guest Speakers

April 17:

Massachusetts v. EPA
Professor John C. Dernbach, Widener University Law School
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John C. Dernbach is Professor of Law at Widener's Harrisburg campus, teaching administrative law, environmental law, property, international law, international environmental law, sustainability and the law, and climate change. His research concentrates on environmental law, climate change, and sustainable development. Professor Dernbach received a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1975, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1978, where he served as Legislative Notes Editor for the Michigan Journal of Law Reform.

He has served as director of the policy office at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The Policy Office is responsible for developing and coordinating policy and regulatory initiatives for DEP, including the integration of sustainable development concepts into DEP programs.

Immediately following graduation from Michigan Law School, Professor Dernbach taught legal writing at Wayne State University (1978-79), served as a staff attorney to the American Lung Association of Michigan (1979-80), and coauthored a widely-used and influential legal writing text, A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method (Rothman (now Hein), 1981, 2d edition 1994).

Over the next dozen years, Professor Dernbach worked on the development and implementation of nationally recognized programs for regulating coal and noncoal mining, municipal solid waste, and residual or industrial solid waste for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. During this time he served as assistant counsel (1981-87), special assistant (1987-92), and Director of the Department's Advanced Science and Research Team (1992-93). He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania.

Professor Dernbach joined the faculty at Widener in 1993 and was promoted to full professor in 2001. He has taught for Widener at the University of Nairobi in Kenya (1996), Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia (1999), and the Institute for Graduate Studies in Geneva, Switzerland (2003).

Professor Dernbach has written widely on environmental law and sustainable development. He is the editor of Stumbling Toward Sustainability (Environmental Law Institute, July 2002), a 32-chapter book assessing U.S. efforts on sustainable development in the ten-year period since the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development in Rio De Janeiro (or Earth Summit) in 1992. The book attracted 42 contributors from universities and law schools, nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, and state government.

Professor Dernbach has written more than a dozen articles for law reviews and peer-reviewed journals, and has authored, coauthored, or contributed chapters to five earlier books. He has lectured to local, state, national, and international audiences on environmental law and sustainable development.

Professor Dernbach is a Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association Environment, Energy, and Resources Section's Committee on Climate Change and Sustainable Development. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Consortium for Interdisciplinary Environmental Policy, and a former Senior Warden at St. Stephen's Episcopal Cathedral in Harrisburg. He is married with two daughters. He enjoys hiking, bicycling, and canoeing.


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