Inspiration for Law Students: How Two Young Lawyers Made Climate History in Mass v. EPA

Richard Lazarus

Professor Richard Lazarus

Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

gregory garre

Gregory G. Garre, JD ’91

Partner and Global Chair, Supreme Court & Appellate Practice, Latham & Watkins

Joe Mendelson

Joe Mendelson, JD '91

Senior Counsel, Policy and Business Development, Tesla


 

Join the Environmental and Energy Law Program for a book talk with Professor Richard Lazarus, Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School. Professor Lazarus will be discussing his book The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court. The book is the harrowing tale of Mass v. EPA,  the landmark Supreme Court decision that helped pave the way for carbon emission regulation in the fight against climate change.

We will also be joined by GW Law alumni Gregory G. Garre, JD ’91, Partner and Global Chair, Supreme Court & Appellate Practice, Latham & Watkins, and Joe Mendelson, JD '91, Senior Counsel, Policy and Business Development, Tesla, who were instrumental in the case. They will describe the story of Mr. Mendelson who, as a young and relatively unknown lawyer for a small nonprofit organization, succeeded in petitioning and suing the EPA and winning what has been called "the most important environmental law case ever decided by the Supreme Court."