Making the Polluter Pay: Environmental Enforcement in the Modern Era

Pace Law School to host Environmental Law Institute president at annual Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Lecture on Environmental Law on Thursday, October 27

WHITE PLAINS, NY, October 6, 2011—John C. Cruden, president of the nationally-recognized nonprofit Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and a former U.S. Department of Justice official, will speak about the modern era of environmental enforcement when he delivers the 12th annual Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Lecture on Environmental Law.

Cruden will address the purpose behind enforcement, the national and international goals of enforcement, as well as key challenges and accomplishments. Drawing upon two decades at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he led or supervised enforcement efforts, he will discuss his work with international prosecutors and judges. Cruden also will present the current enforcement statistics of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and will share his views regarding the future of environmental legal enforcement.

John C. Cruden

Cruden recently was appointed president of ELI, which provides research, education and publications in the area of environmental law and policy. The Institute’s immediate past president for nearly eight years, Leslie Carothers, is now a scholar-in-residence at Pace Law School.

Just prior to his ELI appointment, Cruden served over two decades as the career Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In that capacity he supervised all federal, civil, environmental enforcement and litigation involving agencies of the United States. He personally has litigated and led settlement negotiations in numerous environmental cases, many with reported decisions. Before becoming Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Cruden was chief of the Environmental Enforcement Section.

A graduate of West Point, Cruden was previously the Chief Legislative Counsel of the Army.

Cruden has received the Presidential Rank Award from three different U.S. Presidents, the Federal Bar Association’s Younger Award, the American Bar Association’s Mary C. Lawton Award for Outstanding Government Service, and a host of military awards.

The Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Lecture on Environmental Law

Pace Law School established the Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Lecture on Environmental Law in 2000. Gilbert Kerlin was a distinguished lawyer who was of counsel to Shearman & Sterling in New York City, as well as founder and chairman of the Riverdale Community Planning Association, which spearheaded the rezoning of the entire West Bronx to preserve the greenbelt area. His wife of 60 years, Sarah Kerlin, was a longtime trustee of the Bank Street College of Education, responsible for creating and supporting environmental and educational programs at Wave Hill for teachers and public school students. Mr. Kerlin passed away at the age of 94 in 2004; his wife died in 2001.

The prestigious lecture, which continues in their honor, was established to enhance and expand Pace Law School’s nationally-recognized programs of research, education, professional and scholarly activity and publications in environmental law. Past distinguished Kerlin lecturers include Jim Salzman, Professor of Law and Environmental Policy at Duke University; Suedeen G. Kelly, Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Peter Lehner, Executive Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council; John P. Cahill ’85 ’92, of counsel to Chadbourne & Parke LLP; Theodore W. Kheel, of counsel to Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP and President and CEO of the Nurture Nurture Foundation; Malcolm Grant, President and Provost of University College London (UCL); Daniel C. Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale Law School; Bharat H. Desai, PhD, Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi, India); Juan Mayr Maldonado, Former Minister of the Environment for the Republic of Colombia; Jacqueline Lang Weaver, A.A. White Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center; and Carol Rose, Gordon Bradford Tweedy Professor of Law and Organization at Yale Law School.

WHAT: 2011 Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Lecture on Environmental Law

WHO: John C. Cruden, President of the Environmental Law Institute (ELI)

WHERE: Pace Law School (Robert B. Fleming Moot Courtroom)
78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY

WHEN: Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 6 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Media admission by press pass. Check-in required.


Lauren Rubenstein
Manager, Media Relations

Pace Law School has over 7,000 alumni throughout the country and the world, and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top three programs in environmental law. On its White Plains, NY, campus, it offers JD programs and the Master of Laws degree in Environmental Law, including the nation’s first graduate level programs in Climate Change and Land Use and Sustainable Development, and Comparative Legal Studies, and a Doctor of Laws in Environmental Law. The School of Law is part of Pace University, a comprehensive, independent, and diversified university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County.




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