For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law
206.685.9002

October 14, 2009

UW's Founder of Environmental Law is First Costle Visiting Professor

Bill RodgersWilliam Rodgers, Stimson Bullitt Professor of Law

UW School of Law Stimson Bullitt Professor of Law William Rodgers, who is widely recognized as the founder of environmental law, is the first Douglas Costle Chair Visiting Professor at Vermont Law School. Rodgers will present "The Environmental Laws of the 1970s: They Looked Good on Paper" at Vermont Law School (South Royalton, VT) on October 23 as part of his visiting professorship.

Rodgers specializes in natural resources law and Native American law. He has taught at the UW School of Law since 1967, except for seven years at Georgetown University Law School.

His talk will explore the state of today's world environment, the extent to which the United States environmental laws were serviceable to combat environmental problems yet to emerge, and the forces that hinder achievement of goals articulated in the 1970s.

The Vermont School of Law Costle Chair is named in honor of Douglas Costle, former administrator of U.S. EPA and dean of Vermont Law School. Costle led the study calling for the EPA's creation in 1970.