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The Environmental Laws of the 1970s: They Looked Good on Paper

Friday, October 23, 2009
Chase Center
Vermont Law School
Reception to follow from 5-6:30 pm
Free and open to the public

Photo of Bill RodgersProfessor William Rodgers, the Stimson Bullitt Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law, is the first Douglas Costle Chair Visiting Professor at Vermont Law School. Professor Rodgers is recognized as a founder of environmental law. He specializes in natural resources law and Indian Country environmental law. He has taught at the University of Washington School of Law since 1967, except for
seven years at Georgetown University Law School.

This talk will explore the state of today's world environment, the extent to which the United States environmental laws were serviceable to combat environmental problems yet to emerge, and the forces that hinder achievement of the bold goals that were articulated in the 1970s.

The Costle Chair is named in honor of Douglas Costle, former administrator of U.S. EPA and dean of Vermont Law School. Dean Costle led the study calling for the EPA's creation in 1970. (During his tenure as one of the agency's first administrators, he led the fight to create the Superfund, pulled for stricter controls on air and water pollution and warned of global warming.) At Vermont Law School, Dean Costle supported the growth of the Cornell Library, and reinforced the school's focus on environmental law.

For more information about the 2009 Costle Lecture, contact Jane D'Antonio at 802-831-1217 or