Virtual Guest Speakers

March 20:

Water Cases Before the Supreme Court: Is Federal Environmental Law Sunk?
Participants: Reed Hopper, Kim Connolly, William Buzbee

Virtual Lectures, Oral Argument Transcripts (Supreme Court Website)
Environmental Law Institute Web Page re: Lecture
Other links
Discussion List   (Reed Hopper, Kim Connolly, and Bill Buzbee will join the discussion list from March 20-24).

Short Biographies of the Speakers

Reed Hopper:  Reed Hopper, counsel for the Petitioner, John Rapanos, is an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation.  Mr. Hopper graduated from U.C. Davis with a Bachelors Degree in German and major work in biochemistry. He did graduate business studies at CSUS and Tulane University and earned his Juris Doctor Degree from the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific.  Mr. Hopper served as a pollution control hearing officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and has managed large industry hazardous waste programs. As an attorney, Mr. Hopper has litigated precedent-setting environmental and land use cases. Additionally, Mr. Hopper has been a part of national and state committees to draft and revise environmental laws and regulations, including NEPA, CEQA, the ESA, and state and federal timber-harvesting guidelines. Mr. Hopper has also written numerous industrial compliance standards for air quality, water quality, and hazardous waste management.  Mr. Hopper first joined PLF in 1987 and oversees PLF's Endangered Species Act Program.

William Buzbee:  William W. Buzbee, counsel for the Former EPA Administrators Amicus Brief, is a Professor of Law and Director of the Emory Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program. He teaches courses on environmental law, administrative law, land use, and legal methods, and also teaches seminars on an array of advanced environmental and regulatory topics, most recently a seminar on federalism and devolution. In the past, he has been a Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and has taught in the Leyden-Amsterdam-Columbia Law School Summer Program in American Law for lawyers, judges and law students from around the world.  Professor Buzbee's scholarship tends to focus on environmental law, administrative law, and other public law topics, with his most recent publications focusing on regulatory federalism, urban sprawl and governance, citizen litigation, and regulatory design issues. His publications have appeared in University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law Review (co-authored), Cornell Law Review (co-authored), Iowa Law Review, The Journal of Law and Politics, and in an array of other journals. He has also contributed chapters to several book projects.   In addition to heading Emory's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, Professor Buzbee, with the assistance of the then Dean of Emory Law School, in 1997 secured funding for, designed and launched the Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory Law School.  Professor Buzbee also is a founding Member Scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, a Washington D.C.-based regulatory think tank. He is also Vice President of the Georgia Center for Law in the Public Interest. Professor Buzbee received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Notes and Comments Editor for the Columbia Law Review, and received his B.A. from Amherst College, magna cum laude. Between law school and joining Emory's faculty, Professor Buzbee clerked for United States Judge Jose A. Cabranes, was an attorney-fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and did environmental, land use and litigation work for the New York City law firm, Patterson Belknap Webb and Tyler.

Kim Diana Connolly:  Professor Connolly, counsel for the Members of Congress and Former Members of Congress Amicus Brief, directs the Environmental Law Clinic, and teaches Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy, Environmental Advocacy, Legislation,and Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating. She is also a member of the summer faculty at Vermont Law School  where she teaches Wetlands Law and Policy. Her areas of scholarly interest include natural resources and public lands law, as well as law teaching methodology. Professor Connolly's scholarly works have appeared in The Catholic University Law Review, The Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, The Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, The Southeastern Environmental Law Journal, The Law Teacher,and other publications. She speaks regularly at national and international conferences. Professor Connolly is also an associate faculty member of the University of South Carolina School of the Environment.

Before joining the law faculty in 1999, Professor Connolly worked as an associate ata number of Washington, D.C. law firm environmental law practice groups. She received her J.D. magna cum laude in 1993 from Georgetown University Law Center, and is an LL.M. Candidate at the George Washington University Law School Environmental Law Program. Professor Connolly did her undergraduate work in chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar. Prior to law school, Professor Connolly was the director of the North Carolina Rural Communities Assistance Project, Inc., and also served as a VISTA Volunteer.

Virtual Lectures
Panel Discussion at Georgetown University Law School on February 21, 2006
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