Just in time for the start of the new school year, the new edition of our casebook Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law, and Society has been sent to bookstores. I was honored to join Zygmunt J.B. Plater, Robert H. Abrams, Robert L. Graham, Lisa Heinzerling, and David A. Wirth in co-authoring the 4th edition of this leading environmental law book, published by Aspen.
Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law, and Society offers a unique approach to making sense of the complex world of environmental law by focusing on the legal tools and strategies available for addressing environmental harms through regulation and litigation. It covers nearly all aspects of the field, including nuisance and toxic torts, all of the major federal environmental statutes, and constitutional, property rights, and international law issues (see the table of contents for more details). My contributions to the book focused on the Clean Water Act (filling the shoes of former co-author William Goldfarb), the Clean Air Act (filling in for Lisa Heinzerling while she served the Obama Administration as a special advisor on climate change issues) and the National Environmental Policy Act. Huge thanks to my research assistant Nathan Dupes for all of his help in this project.
Apologies for the sentimentality, but this book has special importance for me. When I was a twenty-year-old student at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, I took an environmental law class with a visiting professor, Robert “Bo” Abrams, using the first edition of his Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law, and Society casebook. I was probably more interested in the girl sitting next to me – a pretty blond named Jenny that I had just started dating and a few years later married (I think she also did better in the class than me). But Professor Abrams is an amazing teacher and he encouraged me to go into environmental law (I was planning to become a forest ranger). Bo Abrams became my mentor and good friend, and when he left Wayne State a decade later, I followed in his footsteps in teaching here. A few years ago Bo and the other casebook co-authors invited me to join them in writing the new edition, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with some of the leading academics and practitioners in the field on this rewarding project.