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Georgetown Celebrates New LL.M. in Environmental Law

April 9, 2014 — Georgetown Law has long been a leader in environmental law, and this fall, the Law Center will have an LL.M. to match.

 “The environmental LL.M. … is a new and exciting step in our evolution,” said Dean William M. Treanor at an April 7 launch party to celebrate the new endeavor.

Georgetown Law is already home to the Georgetown Climate Center, which works to advance effective climate, energy and transportation policies across the United States. And it’s home to some of the most innovative minds in environment and energy — including Professors Lisa Heinzerling (lead author of the winning brief in Massachusetts v. EPA), Hope Babcock, Edith Brown Weiss, Peter Byrne, Robert Stumberg, Visiting Professor Victoria Arroyo (L’94) and the newest member of the team, Professor William Buzbee, who comes on board next semester. So it was only natural to bolster Georgetown’s fleet of prestigious LL.M. programs, too.

Associate Dean Peter Byrne, the creator of the new program, noted that classes will range from the “very local” — on land use and historic preservation — to the global — on international water law, and human rights. Department of Justice lawyer Sara Colangelo (L’07) will teach environmental dispute resolution. These and other classes (including practicums) will help reach “the modest goal of being the very best program in the world,” Byrne said.

Deborah Markowitz (L’87), secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, applauded the new initiative, remarking how her own Georgetown Law education launched her career. 

Earlier in the day, Markowitz appeared on a pre-launch panel with Arroyo, Heinzerling and Buzbee discussing climate and energy policymaking — from state and regional initiatives and the states’ roles as co-regulators with the federal government to White House review of environmental rules and regulations; climate change adaptation in Vermont; and Buzbee’s book on the regulatory battles involved in a proposed multimillion-dollar development project in the 1970s and 80s over the Hudson River. Buzbee will teach a seminar on regulatory wars in the new LL.M. program.

“There’s nothing more important … when you are thinking about making the world a better place than looking at the laws and policies that indeed are necessary to save the world,” Markowitz said at the launch celebration. 

For more on Georgetown Law’s new LL.M. program, click here. 

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