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Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program


The Environmental and Natural Resources Program is thrilled to welcome incredible speakers to our campus to discuss important issues in environmental law.  Recently, we’ve welcomed:

Lois Gibbs, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice

Lois Gibbs visited Emory Law School on January 18, 2019. Known by many as “The Mother of Superfund,” she shared with over 150 law students, faculty, and community members the lessons she learned through her successful battle against local, state, and federal governments, which resulted in the cleanup of a toxic waste site in her neighborhood of Love Canal. This battle directly influenced the passage of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, forever changing environmental law.

Sharon Buccino, Senior Director of the Land & Wildlife Program for the Natural Resources Defense Council

Sharon Buccino visited Emory Law School on October 8, 2018. In talk entitled, “A View from the Frontline: Defending Environmental Protection and the Rule of Law in the Age of Trump,” Sharon shared with students her experience directing a team of lawyers and scientists at NRDC in their fight to ensure public lands and wildlife are protected.

Ferd Hoefner, Founding Member and Senior Strategic Advisor of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Ferd Hoefner visited Emory Law School on November 6, 2017. As NSAC's senior Washington, D.C. representative, Hoefner shared his experiences advocating for federal policies that support the long-term economic and enviromental sustainability of agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities.

Eric Holt-Gimenez, Executive Director of Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy

Eric Holt-Gimenez visited Emory on September 27, 2017. He spoke to Emory students and faculty on his new book, Land Justice: Re-imagining Land, Food and Justice in the United States and explored the book's thesis: "to move forward to a more equitable, just, sustainable, and sovereign agriculture system, the various strands of the food movement must come together for land justice."

Gary Nabhan, Nature Writer, Agrarian Activist, and Ethnobiologist

Gary Nabhan, an internationally-celebrated pioneer and creative force in the local food movement and seed saving community, visited Emory University on October 27, 2016.  Building upon the work that brought him recognition by Utne Reader, Mother Earth News, New York Times, Bioneers, and Time magazine, he addressed Emory faculty and students in a talk titled “Food, Genes, and Culture.”

Nora Pouillon, Organic Chef and Restaurateur

Nora Pouillon—the pioneering organic chef who opened the first organic restaurant in the U.S., Restaurant Nora, and helped shaped the way we eat in America—visited Emory on March 24, 2016.  She spoke with students, faculty, and community members about food regulation, the local food movement, and the importance of sustainable farming. She also signed copies of her newly released memoir, My Organic Life.

Avi Garbow, General Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Avi Garbow visited Emory Law on February 25, 2016.  In a talk titled, “A Conversation with the U.S. EPA’s General Counsel,” Garbow candidly answered questions from Emory students and faculty about the importance of environmental law.

Jan Schlictmann and Rick Kuykendall, Toxic Tort and Environmental Attorneys

Jan Schlictmann and Rick Kuykendall spoke with Emory law students on February 10, 2015. Schlictmann, who was portrayed by John Travolta in 1998’s A Civil Action, first visited the State Bar of Georgia to lecture to Emory law students and approximately 150 prominent attorneys on environmental protection and toxic tort, specifically his two most celebrated cases: Anderson v. Cryovac, on which A Civil Action was based, and the Toms River cancer cluster lawsuit. Kuykendall, a lead litigator in the Deepwater Horizon proceedings, later spoke with students at the law school about his representation of individuals and entities seeking damages in connection with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Gina McCarthy visited Emory Law on February 5, 2015. In an intimate question and answer session with students and faculty, McCarthy said that the great thing about visiting Emory was “knowing that there is a next generation who cares about environmental and public health issues.” Gwen Keyes Fleming 93L, McCarthy’s chief of staff, arranged the administrator’s visit through the Turner Environmental Law Clinic. Before visiting the law school, McCarthy toured the campus and visited WaterHub, the wastewater treatment facility that helps Emory reclaim some 300,000 gallons of campus wastewater daily.