Community Lecture: Climate Change Law in the Age of Trump

Thursday, June 29,
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Wine & cheese at 5:30 p.m. in the Commons.
Presentation begins at 6 p.m. in Harbourton Auditorium.

Presented by
Michael Gerrard,
Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law,
Columbia University Law School.


President Obama declared climate change to be a major threat to civilization and launched a set of programs to fight it. President Trump denies that climate change is a problem and is dismantling the federal efforts, favoring increased fossil fuel use instead. Guest speaker Michael Gerrard will examine the legal status of efforts to fight climate change and will explore the legal tools available to resist the actions of the new administration.

Michael B. Gerrard is Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School, where he teaches courses on environmental and energy law and directs the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. He is also Chair of the Faculty of Columbia’s Earth Institute. Before joining the Columbia faculty in January 2009, he was partner in charge of the 110-lawyer New York office of Arnold & Porter LLP. He practiced environmental law in New York City full time from 1979 to 2008 and tried numerous cases and argued many appeals in federal and state courts and administrative tribunals. He formerly chaired the American Bar Association’s 10,000-member Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. He has served as a member of the executive committees of the boards of the Environmental Law Institute and the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Gerrard is author or editor of eleven books, two of which were named Best Law Book of the Year by the Association of American Publishers. His most recent book is Global Climate Change and U.S. Law (with Jody Freeman) (2d ed. 2014).

He received his B.A. from Columbia University and his J.D. from New York University Law School, where he was a Root Tilden Scholar.