Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Exec. Director will speak at UHLC

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Oct. 19, 2011 – The University of Houston Law Center’s Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Center will host a lecture with Richard J. Lazarus, former Executive Director of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling Commission, on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 12:00 to 12:50 p.m. The special event will be held in Room 240 of the Bates Law Building.

A professor at Harvard Law School, Lazarus was the principal author of the Deepwater Commis­sion’s Report Deep Water - The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling (GPO 2011). The Commission investigated the root causes of the Macondo well blowout and recom­mended changes in law and policy to reduce the risk of future spills and to mitigate their impacts.

As one of the nation’s leading environmental scholars and advocates, Lazarus has represented the United States, state and local gov­ernments and environmental groups in the U.S. Supreme Court in 40 cases. As a scholar, he has focused his legal research on environ­mental and natural resources law, and he has particularly emphasized constitutional law and the Supreme Court. He has published two books, The Making of Environmental Law (U. Chicago 2004), and Environmental Law Stories (Aspen Press, co-edited with O. Houck 2005). For his work in the realm of environmental law, Lazarus received the American Bar Association’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy for 2011 – one of its highest environmental honors.

The lecture is open to the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP by Nov. 4 to Lunch will be provided to guests who RSVP. This event will offer continuing legal education credit.

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