The University of Houston Law Center EENR Speaker Series Proudly Presents:

Richard J. Lazarus
Howard J. and Katherine W. Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
11:00 - 1:00 p.m.


On Nov. 16, 2011, Prof. Richard J. Lazarus presented the Fall 2011 EENR Center Lecture.  Professor Lazarus is the Howard J. and Katherine W. Aibel Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches environmental law, natural resources law, Supreme Court advocacy and torts.

A videocast of Prof. Lazarus' lecture is available here, and you can review his PowerPoint presentation here.

Professor Lazarus is one of the leading environmental scholars and advocates in the United States.  As an advocate, Professor Lazarus has represented the United States, state and local governments and environmental groups in the U.S. Supreme Court in 40 cases, and he presented oral argument in 13 of those 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).


Notably, Professor Lazarus served as the Executive Director of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling Commission, where he was the principal author of the 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.


Because of his long career of service and scholarship, the American Bar Association gave Professor Lazarus its Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy for 2011 – one of its highest environmental honors.