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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Professor of Environmental Law;
Co-Director, Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic
AB, Harvard University
JD, University of Virginia School of Law
LLM, Pace University School of Law

Christine O'Neill
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Professor Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is Chairman of the Board of the Waterkeeper Alliance, having previously served as its president. He also is a Professor of Environmental Law at Pace Law School, as well as Co-Director of the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic. Professor Kennedy serves as Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper Fund and Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, directing NRDC’s Estuary Enforcement Project. Through these organizations, and in conjunction with the clinic, he has brought successful legal actions prosecuting governments and companies for polluting the Hudson River and Long Island Sound. Kennedy has successfully argued cases to expand citizen access to the shoreline, to promote environmental justice, and to protect New York City’s water supply and reservoirs.

Professor Kennedy has published several books, including The Riverkeepers (1997) with John Cronin.  He  has written numerous articles which have appeared in The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and the Pace Environmental Law Review.

Books Crimes against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy (2004).
  The Riverkeepers: Two Activists Fight to Reclaim Our Environment As a Basic Human Right. With John Cronin. 
  The Legend of City Water: Recommendations for Rescuing the New York City Water Supply (With David K. Gordon). Garrison, N.Y.: Hudson Riverkeeper Fund, 1991.
  Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr.: A Biography. New York: Putnam, 1978.
Articles "Thanks to Obama, Hope in the Mountains: Appalachia Can't Stand More Abuse from Coal Mining," Charleston Gazette & Daily Mail, Mar. 26, 2009, at 4A.
  "Hope in the Mountains," Washington Post, Mar. 25, 2009.
  Vanity Fair, May 2007, at 168.
  "Texas Chainsaw Management," Vanity Fair, May 2007, at 118.
  "What Must Be Done, Rolling Stone," June 28, 2007, at 61.
  "Keynote Address: We Must Take America Back," 22 Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation 201 (2007).
  "Crimes Against Nature," 18 St.Thomas Law Review 693 (2006).
  "How Washington Poisoned TV News," Vanity Fair, May 2005.
  "Our World is Changing," Vogue Hommes International, April 2005.
  "Dick Cheney’s Energy Crisis," Sierra, September/October 2004.
  "Fighting for Our Communities: The Story of the Hudson Riverkeepers," More Than Money, Summer 2004.
  "A Culture of Mismanagement: Environmental Protection and Enforcement at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection," 15 Pace Environmental Law Review 233 (1997).
  "Environmental Litigation as Clinical Education: A Case Study," with Steven P. Solow, 8 Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation 319 (1993). 
  "Thoughts on Environmental Rights and Ownership," (Looking Back...Looking Ahead: Pace Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Pace Center for Environmental Legal Studies.) 11 Pace Environmental Law Review 11 (1993).
  "Falconry: Legal Sale and Ownership of Captive-Bred Raptors," 4 Pace Environmental Law Review 349 (1987)