The award, which recognizes individuals or organizations that have distinguished themselves in environmental law and policy and have provided leadership in improving environmental protection and sustainable development, will be presented Aug. 10 at the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston.
For more than 40 years, the GWU Law School’s Environment and Energy Law Program, has provided environmental and energy lawyers with the tools to tackle climate change, fisheries depletion, air pollution, water scarcity and developing new sources.
The program has shaped the fields of environmental and energy law by being the home to some of the most influential government and nonprofit environmental attorneys in the world, including those who have held significant positions in Congress, departments of Defense, Interior, Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, Agriculture, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, other offices of the Executive Branch, high education, non-governmental organizations, in-house corporate and private practice.
The program was founded in 1970 with a five-year, $250,000 grant awarded by the Ford Foundation to help develop the field of environmental law. Through the leadership of Professor Arnold Reitze, a leading expert in air pollution law, the program developed a curriculum of more than 20 classes taught by both full-time faculty and adjuncts who are leading practitioners in the field. In actuality, the program offers 30 courses in environmental and energy law, seven of which focus on energy law.
The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources is the premier forum for strategies and information for environmental, energy and resource lawyers. Representing more than 9,000 members with a wide range of professional interests, the section keeps its members abreast of development trends, current court decisions, legislative initiatives and statutes concerning environmental, natural resources and energy law.
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