Looking Back, Thinking Ahead: Perspectives on Environmental Law at 50

Wed, 30 October, 2019 6:00pm

Livestream  Fifty Years of Environmental and Energy Law

Join GW Law in welcoming William K. Reilly, former Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Reilly will deliver the inaugural lecture in our year-long celebration of 50 years of the Environmental and Energy Law Program at the law school. The lecture, "Can America Still Do Big Things?," will be followed by a moderated discussion among Mr. Reilly, Robert L. Glicksman, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Law, and Emily Hammond, Jeffrey and Martha Kohn Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Glen Earl Weston Research Professor, on the future of environmental law. An alumni reception will precede the event.


William K. Reilly has enjoyed careers in public service, non-governmental organizations, and private sector finance. For more than 20 years he was a Senior Advisor to TPG Capital, an international investment partnership. During his tenure with TPG, he was the Founding Partner and CEO of Aqua International Partners, a private equity fund dedicated to investing in companies in the water sector. Before joining TPG, Mr. Reilly was the first Payne Visiting Professor at Stanford University. He was Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency from 1989 to 1993, during which he led efforts to pass a new Clean Air Act and headed the US delegation to the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio in 1992. He served as President of World Wildlife Fund and later chairman of the board; President of The Conservation Foundation; and Director of the Rockefeller Task Force on Land Use and Urban Growth. Mr. Reilly is the chairman of the board of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. He has chaired the Board of the Global Water Challenge and Climate Works Foundation. He received an AB from Yale, JD from Harvard Law School, and an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia. He and his wife Elizabeth reside in San Francisco.

Dean Emily Hammond began serving as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2019. Dean Hammond is a nationally recognized expert in energy law, environmental law, and administrative law. A former environmental engineer, Dean Hammond brings technical fluency to cutting-edge issues at the intersection of law, science, and policy. Their scholarship focuses on the regulatory process, the responses of various legal institutions to scientific uncertainty, electricity markets, climate change, and the law of water quality.

Robert L. Glicksman is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on environmental, natural resources, and administrative law issues. A graduate of the Cornell Law School, his areas of expertise include environmental, natural resources, administrative, and property law. Before joining the law school faculty in 2009, Professor Glicksman taught at the University of Kansas School of Law, where he joined the faculty in 1982 and was named the holder of the Robert W. Wagstaff Distinguished Professor of Law in 1995. Professor Glicksman has practiced with law firms in DC and New Jersey before joining and while on leave from academia, focusing on environmental, energy, and administrative law issues. He has consulted on various environmental and natural resources law issues, including work for the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation in Montreal, Canada.

About the GW Law Environmental and Energy Program

In 1970, GW Law assumed a leadership role in modern environmental law teaching, in significant part due to a $250,000 grant from the Ford Foundation that brought Arnold Reitze to GW and allowed the school to significantly expand its environmental law offerings. Throughout the past 50 years, GW Law has been an innovator in environmental legal education by developing one of the first Environmental Law master’s degree (LLM programs), by developing a unique curriculum that has trained hundreds of military lawyers in environmental law through the LLM program, by developing one of the most extensive environmental law curricula in the country, and by creating the Sustainable Energy Initiative that focuses on the intersections between energy and environmental law. Today, GW Law counts thousands of environmental and energy law practitioners among its alumni and each year works with almost 100 new students who have expressed a strong interest in environmental or energy law.

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