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Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture on Environmental Law
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, Gerber Glass Moot Court Room
Daniel Davids Allen Distinguished Chair in Law
Co-director, Energy, Environment and Land Use Program
Vanderbilt Law School
GARRISON LECTURE HISTORY
Over forty-five years ago, Lloyd K. Garrison and his associate, Albert K. Butzel, of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, won the landmark decision to preserve Storm King Mountain on the Hudson River. This victory for the Scenic Hudson Preservation Conference did more than safeguard "an area of unique beauty and major historical importance" - it inaugurated what today we recognize as the field of environmental law.
Standing in court to protect nature, citizen suit legislation, the environmental impact statement process, and the balancing of economics with the preservation of scenic beauty and historic resources: these are all rooted in Scenic Hudson Preservation Conference v. Federal Power Commission, 354 F.2d 608 (2d Cir. 1965). The Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture celebrates the vision, public spirit and life of this attorney whose legal acumen led citizens in their successful advocacy of environmental quality at Storm King.
Lloyd K. Garrison was a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law. His calling to the bar led him immediately into public service, helping to start the National Labor Relations Board while serving as Dean of the University of Wisconsin Law School. A great-grandson of William Lloyd Garrison, the abolitionist, he was a member of the National Urban League from 1924 on, and labored constantly in support of civil rights, defending Arthur Miller, Langston Hughes and J. Robert Oppenheimer during the era of McCarthyism. Garrison’s service in support of honest and open government marked his role with the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and his participation on numerous federal commissions and agencies from Presidents Herbert Hoover through Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman.
Lloyd K. Garrison passed away in 1991. For all his 93 years, Garrison devoted his brilliance and indefatigable energy to building a humane and caring society, respectful of the Rule of Law. Consistent with this dedication, Lloyd K. Garrison took up the citizens’ call to represent the Scenic Hudson Preservation Conference in its struggle to protect the Hudson River Gorge at Storm King Mountain. With characteristic enthusiasm he championed public participation rights for the community’s environmental interest, just as he did for civil rights and liberties. The Scenic Hudson victory is a living testament to Garrison's ever hopeful spirit.
The Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture on Environmental Law was established in his memory in 1995, four years after his death, and continues in his honor.
PAST GARRISON LECTURES
March 12, 2013
Professor of Law
Georgetown Law Center
March 26, 2012
Archibald Cox Professor of Law and Director, Environmental Law Program
Harvard Law School
“Climate and Energy Policy in the Obama Administration"
April 6, 2011
Daniel A. Farber
Sho Sato Professor of Law
University of California, Berkeley
“Sustainable Consumption and Communities:
Bringing the American Way of Life into the Twenty-First Century”
April 15, 2010
Albert K. Butzel
Principal, Albert K. Butzel Law Offices, New York, NY
“Storm King Revisited: A View from the Mountaintop”
April 1, 2009
Robert V. Percival
Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental Law Program, University of Maryland School of Law
"The Globalization of Environmental Law"
April 17, 2008
Professor of Law, Georgetown University
"Global Climate Change: A Civic Republican Moment"
Professor of Law, University of Oregon School of Law
“From Silent Spring to Sweltering Summers: The Past and Future of Private Public Interest Law”
Karin P. Sheldon
Professor of Law, Associate Dean for the Environmental Law Program and Director of the Environmental Law Center, Vermont Law School
“Upstream of Peril: The Role of Federal Lands in Addressing the Extinction Crisis"
Cass R. Sunstein
Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor of Jurisprudence, University of Chicago Law School
“Irreversible and Catastrophic: Global Warming, Terrorism, and Other Problems”
Edith Brown Weiss
Francis Cabell Brown Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
“International Water Disputes”
J. William Futrell
President of the Environmental Law Institute (ELI)
“The Transition to Sustainable Development Law”
Zygmunt J. B. Plater
Professor of Law, Boston College Law School
“Environmental Law at the Crossroads: The Road Travelled and the Road Ahead”
H. O. Head Centennial Professor in Real Property Law, University of Texas Law School
"Who Owns the Sky?"
A. Dan Tarlock
Distinguished Professor of Law and Co-Director Program in Environmental and Energy Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
"The Future of Environmental 'Rule of Law' Litigation"
Richard J. Lazarus
Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
"Thirty Years of Environmental Protection Law in the Supreme Court"
Oliver A. Houck
Professor of Law and Director of Environmental Law Programs, Tulane University School of Law
"Environmental Law and the General Welfare"
William H. Rodgers, Jr.
Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law
"Defeating Environmental Law: The Geology of Legal Advantage"
Joseph L. Sax
Counselor to Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, US Department of the Interior
"Using Property Rights to Attack Environmental Protection"
David Sive, Esq.
Founding Partner, Sive, Paget, & Reisel, PC
Adjunct Professor of Law, Pace Law School
"The Litigation Process in the Development of Environmental Law"