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Professor Awarded for Lifetime Achievement in Environmental Law

Lisa Heinzerling


April 5, 2012 – Law professor Lisa Heinzerling has been awarded this year’s David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award from the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) for her scholarship, teaching and policy leadership in environmental law.

Heinzerling served as associate administrator in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Policy in 2009 and 2010. She served as lead author of the petitioners’ briefs in the 2007 case Massachusetts v. EPA, in which the Supreme Court ruled the EPA had no authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

The professor is the co-author of Priceless: On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing (New Press, 2004). She also has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and Yale Law School.

 “Professor Heinzerling was the clear choice to receive the David Brower award in light of her distinguished service to the values and work ethic of David Brower,” said Alek Wipperman, co-director of PIELC.

The award is named after the renowned environmentalist, who was the first executive director of the Sierra Club.

The annual conference, which this year took place March 1-4 at the University of Oregon Law School, is organized by volunteers of the student environmental law society Land Air Water and sponsored by the nonprofit Friends of Land Air Water.

Heinzerling received her award during the conference.

“Her longtime commitment to environmental litigation and her creative administrative brilliance make her an example to public interest environmental advocates around the world,” Wipperman said. “…she has remained committed to working in the public interest, both through her government service and her role in teaching the next generation of lawyers.”

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