Environmental Law Virtual Guest Speakers
sponsored by Mercer Law School
Spring 2021

*** NOTICE - As of spring 2021, this website is moving to https://www.envirolawteachers.com/speaker.html ****

Background of the Project


The History:  Building on a project that was started in Spring 1998, Mercer University Law School (Macon, Ga.) is working with several other schools to sponsor a "virtual" environmental law lecture series/discussion list over the Internet during the Spring 2021 semester.  

The Process: Several times during the semester, a guest speaker will present a "speech" on an environmental law topic, and will participate on a discussion list with students and faculty from schools that are participating in this project.  The "speech" may be a text-only speech or interview, or it may be available in audio and text form (if it was presented live at one of the participating schools). The speech will be made available on this Web site on a Web page that contains background information about the speaker(s), links to other information about the topic or the speaker, and a link to the discussion list for the project.

The Discussion List: After the speech or interview is made available over the Internet for a few days, the speaker will respond to questions or comments from students from all of the participating schools on a Web-based threaded discussion list.  The speaker will respond to questions and comments for a week or so.  Students from the participating schools can continue the discussion on the topic on the discussion list (or discuss other topics of interest) even after the guest speaker concludes their participation on the list.  

For more information on the Guest Speaker Project, or to participate, contact:
Professor Stephen Johnson, Mercer Law School

Tune In: Schedule of Speakers for Fall 2020   
Archive: Past speakers (1998-2020)  
Schools: Participating Schools (1998-2020)  
Resources: Other Environmental Law Podcasts and Audio (courtesy of ELTC)  
The List: Discussion List for the Guest Speaker Program


Schedule of speakers for Spring 2021

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Past Participating Schools (1998 - 2020)

 Between 1998 and 2020, the following schools have participated (for one of more years) in the program:

  • Akron Law School 
  • Albany Law School 
  • American University Law School
  • Arizona State University College of Law 
  • Australian Centre for Environmental Law (Australia) 
  • Barry University Law School 
  • Boston College Law School
  • Buffalo Law School  
  • Cambridge University  (England) 
  • Capital University Law School 
  • Chapman University Law School 
  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland Marshall College of Law 
  • Drake Law School
  • Duke Law School
  • Duquesne Law School  
  • Emory Law School 
  • Florida Coastal Law School
  • Florida State University Law School                                                                                                                                                       
  • Georgia State University College of  Law 
  • George Washington University School of Law 
  • Lewis and Clark Law School 
  • University of Louisville Law School
  • Lviv National University (Ukraine) 
  • Netayna Academic College (Israel) 
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College 
  • Notre Dame Law School
  • Pace Law School
  • Pepperdine University School of Law 
  • Pittsburgh Law School 
  • Rutgers Law School - Camden
  • Santa Clara Law School
  • Seattle University Law School 
  • Seton Hall University Law School 
  • Southern Illinois Law School  
  • Southern New England School of Law 
  • Southwestern University School of Law 
  • Stetson University College of Law 
  • Strathclyde University (Scotland) 
  • Texas Tech Law School
  • Texas Wesleyan Law School 
  • Touro Law School
  • University of Barcelona (Catalonia, Europe)
  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • UCLA Institute of the Environment 
  • University of Denver College of Law 
  • University of Florida College of Law 
  • University of Georgia Law School 
  • University of Hawaii Law School 
  • University of Houston Law School 
  • University of Idaho Law School 
  • University of Mississippi Law School
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School 
  • University of Oregon Law School 
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • University of South Carolina School of Law 
  • University of South Dakota Law School
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Toledo 
  • University of Wyoming College of Law  
  • Vanderbilt Law School
  • Vermont Law School
  • Virginia Polytechnic and State University 
  • Washington and Lee Law School 
  • Washington University School of Law 
  • Western New England College School of Law 
  • West Virginia Law School
  • Whittier Law School 
  • Widener University Law School 
  • Widener University Delaware Law School
  • College of William and Mary School of Law 
  • Willamette Law School
  • Wisconsin Law School 
  • Wyoming Law School 
  • Yale Law School

Past Speakers (1998-2020)

  • Professor Victor Flatt, University of Houston Law Center, Attorney Ethics Rules and Climate Change  
  • Professor Joshua Galperin, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Private Environmental Governance   
  • Professor Erin Okuno, Stetson Law School, Frankenstein’s Mammoth: Anticipating the Global Legal Framework for De-Extinction
  • Professor James May, Widener University Delaware Law School, Subnational Environmental Constitutionalism     
  • Dean Lee Paddock, George Washington University Law School, Private Environmental Governance
  • Professor Nadia Ahmad, Barry University Law School, Blood Biofuels 
  • Dr. Wil Burns, Co-Executive Director, Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, American University, The Paris Agreement and Climate Geoengineering  
  • Professor Myanna Dellinger, University of South Dakota School of Law, Rethinking Contractual Impraticability in an Era of Anthropogenic Climate Change  
  • Professor Debra Donahue, Wyoming Law School, Livestock Production, Climate Change and Human Health  
  • Professor Stephanie Showalter Otts, University of Mississippi School of Law, Marine Aquaculture: Public Controversy, Regulatory Complexity, and Legal Challenges  
  • Professor Jonathan Wiener, Duke Law School, Environmental Law Goes Retro: Learning Foresight from Hindsight     
  • Professor Joshua Galperin, Environmental Protection Clinical Director and Lecturer, Yale Law School, Defining and Closing the Hydraulic Fracturing Governance Gap   
  • Professor Itzchak Ehud Kornfeld, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Constitutions, Courts, Economic and Social Rights, the Right to Potable Water and a Clean Environment
  • Professor Edward P. RichardsLSU Law Center, Using Natural Cycles to Make Better Decisions about Adaptation to Climate Change: The Future of the Louisiana Coast
  • Professor Zygmunt Plater, Boston College Law School, Lessons Learned From a Tiny Fish ... that no one ever told me in Law School  
  • Hon Justice Brian Preston SC, Chief Judge, Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, The Environmental Court  
2013 Fall:
2013 Spring:
  • Professor Tony Arnold, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Emergence and Evolution of  Watershed Institutions  
  • Professor Melissa Scanlan, University of Wisconsin Law School, Adaptive Management   
  • Professor Ezra Rosser, Washington College of Law, American University, Ahistorical Indians and Reservation Resources  
  • Professor Kalyani Robbins, University of Akron Law School, The Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing Under the Endangered Species Act ]
  • Professor Timothy Mulvaney, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Takings Law and the Matter of Koontz v. St. John's   
  • Professor Wil Burns, Johns Hopkins University, The European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme: Climate Model or Climate Muddle? 
  • Professor Wil Burns, University of Santa Clara  School of Law, Geoengineering Proposals, Climate Change and International Governance Structures   
  • Professor Gabriel Eckstein, Texas Tech Law School, Climate Change Implications for Global Water Resources and International Law   
  • Professor James Kushner, Southwestern Law School, Planning for Global Climate Change: Mapping the Potential Legislation  
  • Professor Andrew Long, Florida Coastal Law School, Biodiversity, Forestry and Climate Change in International Environmental Law  
  • Professor Patrick McGinley, West Virginia Law School, Mountain Top Removal
  • Professor Victor Flatt, University of Houston Law Center, Taking the Legislative Temperature: Which Federal Climate Change Legislative Proposal is Best?  
  • Professor Gary Marchant, Arizona State University College of Law, Environmental Regulation of Nanotechnology  
  • Professor Robin Craig, Florida State University College of Law, Public Health and Ecosystem Services   
  • Professor Deepa Badrinarayana, Chapman University School of Law, Trade and Climate Change:  Is There a Path to Sustainable Development Under Law?  
  • Professor Lesley McAllister, University of San Diego School of Law, Moving Toward Stringency in Emissions Trading: The Problem of Slack Caps
  • Professor Dorothy Bisbee, Southern New England School of Law, Applying Agricultural Nuisance and Zoning Exemptions to On-Farm Wind Farms  
  • Professor Fred Cheever, University of Denver College of Law,  Law and Nature on the Wildland-Urban Border  
  • Environmental Law Institute,  Water Cases Before the Supreme Court: Is Federal Environmental law Sunk?  
  • Professor J.B. Ruhl, Florida State University Law School, The Effects of Wetlands Mitigation Banking on People  
  • Professor Eleanor Stein, Albany Law School, Global Warming: Public Nuisance or Political Question?  A Case Study of Connecticut v. American Electric Power  
  • Professor John Bonine, University of Oregon Law School, "Standing to Sue: The First Step in Access to Justice"      
  • Doctor Robert D. Bullard, Clark Atlanta University, "Environmental Justice: Strategies fot Creating Healthy and Suatainable Communities"  
  • Professor James Grijalva, University of North Dakota School of Law,  "Environmental Law in Indian Country"   
  • Professor Howard Latin, Rutgers Law School/Newark, "EcoVitality"
  • Paul Smyth, U.S. Dept. of Interior, Solicitor's Office, "Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument"  
  • Justine Thompson, Southern Envtl. Law Center, "Regulation of CAFOs"
  • Professor Robert Kuehn, Dir. - Tulane Law School Environmental Law Clinic, "The Shintech Siting Controversy"     
  • Professor Wang Xi, Vice Director, Research Institute of Environmental Law, Wuhan University, "China's role in international environmental law"
  • Robert Yuhnke, Lead Counsel, American Lung Assn. v. Browner "The NAAQS process"