William Rodgers

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Stimson Bullitt Endowed Professor of Environmental Law
Professor of Law

Phone: (206) 543-5182
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Curriculum Vitae |


Keynote, Comments on the Slow Start of Climate Change Law for “Climate Refugees”, University of Washington School of Law and Washington Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, Climate-Migration, Local Conditions and Law: Food Security, Land Tenure and Gender, Feb. 7, 2014 (Seattle, WA)

The Other History of U.S. Environmental Law, Association of American Law Schools, Sections on Environmental Law and North American Cooperation Joint Program: 40 Years of Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law – A Retrospective Look, Jan. 6, 2013 (New Orleans, LA)

The Si’lailo Way — Indians, Salmon, and the Law on the Columbia River, Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, Native American Heritage Month, Nov. 29, 2012 (Seattle, WA)

Harvard Law School, The Clean Water Act at 40, Oct. 11, 2012 (Cambridge, MA)

Keynote, Environmental Law, Environmental Justice, and Human Rights: The Obvious Synopsis, University of Oregon School of Law, New Directions for Human Rights and the Environment: A Symposium Inspired by Svitlana Kravchenko, Sep. 28, 2012 (Eugene, OR)

The Fuel of Falsehoods, the Endurance of Lies: A True Story of Substantive NEPA, National Association of Environmental Professionals and the Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals, NEPA Symposium, May 21, 2012 (Portland, OR)

Panelist, Water, University of Colorado Law School, A Life of Contributions for All Times: Symposium in Honor of David H. Getches, Apr. 27, 2012 (Boulder, CO)

Adequacy of Existing Environmental Law to Meet the Challenges of Sustainability, Seattle University School of Law, Washington Lawyers for Sustainability, and the Albers School of Business and Economics, Sustainability and the Law Symposium: Making Sustainability Legal, Economically Viable, and Socially Just, Apr. 20, 2012 (Seattle, WA)

Moderator, Perspectives on Siting a Coal Shipping Facility in Bellingham for Exporting Coal Transported There by Rail, Seattle University School of Law, Washington Lawyers for Sustainability, and Albers School of Business and Economics, Sustainability and the Law Symposium: Making Sustainability Legal, Economically Viable, and Socially Just, Apr. 20, 2012 (Seattle, WA)

Environmental Law Distinguished Lecture: Giving “Voice” to Rachel Carson: Putting Science into Law, Florida State University College of Law, 25th Anniversary Symposium: The Future of Ocean and Coastal Law & Policy, Mar. 14, 2012 (Tallahassee, FL)

Perspectives on Whether SEPA / NEPA Impede Job Creation, Law Seminars International, SEPA & NEPA, Jan. 13, 2012 (Seattle, WA)

Keynote, Water & the Creative Moments in the History of Environmental Law, Center for Environmental Law & Policy, Washington Water Law & the Public Trust, Dec. 9, 2011 (Seattle, WA)

Panelist, CERCLA and Federalism, Southwestern Law School, CERCLA and the Future of Liability-Based Environmental Regulation, Nov. 11, 2011 (Los Angeles, CA)

Panelist, Native American Use Rights on Forest Lands: Extending the Tribal Ecological Footprint, University of Montana School of Law, 34th Public Land Law Conference, Strengthening Our Roots: Forest Law & Policy in a Changing World, Sep. 15, 2011 (Missoula, MT)

An Historical Perspective on Oil Spill Law Enforcement: From Exxon Valdez to Deepwater Horizon--Telling Tales of Environmental Disaster, Justice, and Recovery, University of Washington, SeaChange 2011, Apr. 2, 2011

An Historical Perspective on Oil Spill Law Enforcement, American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy and Resources, There Will Be Blood, or Not? Environmental Enforcement in the Gulf Oil Spill Context, Mar. 18, 2011 (Salt Lake City, UT)

Global Warming and iIs Newest Challenges: Mitigation and Acidification, University of Florida, Nelson Symposium, Feb. 22, 2011 (Gainesville, FL)

The BP Oil Spill: The Secretary of Interior and the President Decide to Take the Course on Environmental Law, University of Washington School of Law, All Class Reunion Program, Reunion Day, Nov. 6, 2010

Panelist, Oil Pollution and the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and Reopener Clause, West Publishing, Oil Spill Teleconference, Jul. 2010

Panelist, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Law and Sustainability Summit and Roundtable, Apr. 16, 2010

Keynote, Acronym Soup: NEPA, SEPA, and CAFOS, University of Washington School of Law, Crisis at the Crossroads: Animals, the Environment, and the Law, Jan. 22, 2010

The Environmental Laws of the 1970s: They Looked Good on Paper, Vermont Law School, Douglas M. Costle Lecture, Oct. 23, 2009 (South Royalton, VT)

The Legal and Practical Consequences of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Exxon Valdez Revisited: Rights and Remedies Symposium, Oct. 1, 2009

Comment on Stephen Gardiner's “Geoenginneering the Climate in a Perfect Moral Storm", University of Washington, Center for Global Studies and the Department of Philosophy, Apr. 18, 2009 (Seattle, WA)

Environmental Justice and Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa, University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, African Studies Program and the School of Law, Apr. 16, 2009 (Seattle, WA)

Back to the Future: The Authority and Effect of NEPA, George Washington University and the Environmental Law Institute, NEPA at 40: How a Visionary Statute Confronts 21st Century Environmental Impacts, Mar. 23, 2009 (Washington, DC)

NEPA’s Insatiable Optimism, Environmental Law Institute and George Washington University Law School, J.B. & Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Conference, NEPA at 40: A Visionary Statute Confronts 21st Century Environmental Issues, Mar. 23, 2009

Climate Change and the Commons: Why the Study of the Tragedy of the Commons Is Not Enough, Seattle University School of Law, 2009 Law of the Commons Symposium, Mar. 13, 2009 (Seattle, WA)

Betty B. Fletcher: NEPA’s Angel and Chief Editor of the Hard Look, University of Washington School of Law, Symposium Honoring the Hon. Betty Binns Fletcher ’56, Mar. 6, 2009 (Seattle, WA)

Honorable Betty Fletcher: Our Leading U.S. Environmental Law Jurist, University of Washington School of Law, Law Symposium Honoring the Honorable Betty Binns Fletcher ’56, Mar. 6, 2009 (Seattle, WA)

The Worst Case: Sustainability, and the Future of the Endangered Species Act, University of California at Davis School of Law, Symposium on the Evolving Endangered Species Act: A Twenty-First Century Perspective, Feb. 20, 2009 (Davis, CA)

Keynote, Sustainability: Too Little, Too Late in the World of Climate Two, University of Houston Law Center, Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal, Sustainability: Moving from Theory to Practical Application, Feb. 6, 2009 (Houston, TX)

Indian Tribes and Environmental Law: The Loneliness of Leadership, the Burdens of History, the Distinctions of Place, University of Oregon School of Law, Rennard Strickland Lecture, Oct. 22, 2008 (Eugene, OR)

Keynote, Ground Zero on Climate Change: Multiple Stressors, Alaska Natives, and the End of Oil, University of South Carolina School of Law, Panel on Oceans and Climate Change, Oct. 2, 2008 (Columbia, SC)

Climate Change in the Northwest: Tribal Perspectives, Seattle Public Library, Lecture Series, May 29, 2008 (Seattle, WA)

Ecological Economics, The Green Festival, Joint Project of Global Exchange and Co-Op America, Apr. 12, 2008 (Seattle, WA)

Wilderness and the Law, the Last Seven Years, Mountaineers, 2008 Northwest Wilderness and Parks Conference, Apr. 8, 2008 (Seattle, WA)

Environmental Law: Utterly Invincible, Completely Fragile--A Report from the Front, University of Oregon School of Law, 26th Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference: Compelling a Climate of Change, Mar. 6, 2008 (Eugene, OR)

A Closer Look at the Law of Water Pollution, University of Washington, 18th Annual Review of Research, Feb. 14, 2008 (Seattle, WA)

The Cold Realities of Endangered Species Act Recovery and Climate Change, The Seminar Group, 15th Annual Endangered Species Act Conference, Jan. 25, 2008 (Seattle, WA)

An Environmental Lawyer Looks at the State of the World, University of Washington School of Law, Alumni Association Meeting, Nov. 14, 2007 (Portland, OR)

The Elwha River Dam Removals--U.S. v. Washington--Spinoff No. 17, University of Washington School of Law, 20th Annual Indian Law Symposium, Sep. 7, 2007 (Seattle, WA)

Dam Building and Removal on the Elwha: A Prototype of Adaptive Mismanagement and a Tribal Opportunity, University of Colorado School of Law, Conference on the Future of Natural Resources Law and Policy, Jun. 8, 2007 (Boulder, CO)

The Si'lailo Way: Indians, Salmon and Law on the Columbia River, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, Celilo Authors Gathering, May 5, 2007 (Pendleton, OR)

Environmental Law and Indian Country, with an Emphasis on NEPA and Air Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Workshop to Improve and Protect Air Quality in Indian Country, Mar. 22, 2007 (Seattle, WA)

Remembering Celilo: Indian Fishing and the Columbia River, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and the Tribal Leadership Forum, Celilo and the Future Conference, Mar. 9, 2007 (Portland, OR)

Puget Sound: Sunk by Law, Salvaged by Law, University of Washington, Water Center 17th Annual Review of Research, Feb. 14, 2007 (Seattle, WA)

Remembering Celilo: Indian Fishing and the Columbia River, 50th Anniversary of the Flooding of Celilo Falls, Nov. 17, 2006 (Celilo, OR)

Keynote, The Law of Ecosystem Restoration: National Policy Implications of the Clark Fork River Basin Natural Resource Damage Program, University of Montana School of Law, 30th Annual Public Land Law Conference, Sep. 27, 2006 (Missoula, MT)

Tribes and Natural Resource Damages, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Tribal Leadership Conference - Protecting Our Tribal Harvest, Aug. 23, 2006 (Umatilla, OR)

The Si’lailo Way: Indians, Salmon and Law on the Columbia River; Environmental Law in Indian Country, University of Washington School of Law, Bookmaking and Indian Law, Jun. 2, 2006 (Seattle, WA)

Baselines, Bad Memories and Indian Tribes: Environmental Law in the Terrorist Age, University of Washington, Earth Initiative Lecture Series, May 17, 2006 (Seattle, WA)

Environmental Law in Indian Country, University of Oregon School of Law, Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, Mar. 3, 2006 (Eugene, OR)

The Exxon Valdez Reopener, University of Oregon School of Law, Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, Mar. 3, 2006 (Eugene, OR)

Environmental Law in Indian Country--Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (IGAP), Alaska Forum on the Environment, Feb. 10, 2006 (Anchorage, AK)

National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) in Alaska, Alaska Forum on the Environment, Feb. 9, 2006 (Anchorage, AK)

The Exxon Valdez Reopener, Native Tribes of Alaska, Feb. 7, 2006 (Anchorage, AK)

The Si'lailo Way: The Natives' Legal Defense of Celilo Falls, Dec. 7, 2005

Hanford from a Tribal Perspective, Hanford Advisory Board Meeting, Nov. 3, 2005 (Seattle, WA)

Real Environmental Law in Indian Country, U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency, Tribal Programs Workshop, Oct. 26, 2005 (Poulsbo, WA)

Water Settlement Conference, Oct. 1, 2005 (Moscow, ID)

Forging Solutions: Applying Ecological Economics to Current Problems, U.S. Society for Ecological Economics, Conference, Jul. 20, 2005 (Tacoma, WA)

The Si’lailo Way--The Natives’ Legal Defense of Celilo Falls, Yakama Nation Sesquicentennial Treaty Law Conference, Treaty Reserved Rights of the Yakama Nation, Jul. 7, 2005 (Toppenish, WA)

Developing Tribal Energy in the Northwest, Law Seminars International, Jun. 16, 2005 (Seattle, WA)

Report on the Battles, Case Law Update, Law Seminars International, Developing Tribal Energy in the Northwest, Jun. 16, 2005 (Seattle, WA)

University of Washington, Pacific Northwest Indian Treaties in National and International Historical Perspective, Mar. 13, 2005 (Seattle, WA)

University of Washington, 2005 National Fishery Law Symposium, Mar. 10, 2005 (Seattle, WA)

University of Oregon, 23rd Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, Mar. 3, 2005 (Eugene, OR)

Association of American Law Schools, Annual Meeting, Jan. 6, 2005 (San Francisco, CA)

The Columbia River: Whose River Is It Anyway?, The Seminar Group, The Mighty Columbia River Seminar, Oct. 21, 2004 (Seattle, WA)

CERCLA and Tribes, Superfund Working Group, NTEC, and Tulalip Tribes, Aug. 3, 2004 (Marysville, WA)

Saving Puget Sound Through Law: A History of High Points, People for Puget Sound, May 20, 2004 (Seattle, WA)

Environmental Law and Engineering: Orders of Magnitude, University of Washington, School of Engineering, May 6, 2004 (Seattle, WA)

First in Time, First in Right? Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest and Sustainable Fisheries, University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries: Fishing Rights or Fishing Wrongs?, Apr. 29, 2004 (Seattle, WA)

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Creative Moments in Environmental Law, University of Washington School of Law, First Meeting of the Advisory Board of the Kathy and Steve Berman Environmental Law Clinic, Mar. 30, 2004 (Seattle, WA)

NEPA in Indian Country: Making Use of the Federal Government's Planning Documents, Tulalip Tribes, Tribal Environmental Review Clinic, Mar. 15, 2004 (Seattle, WA)

Environmental Law and the Theory of Deception, University of Washington Retirement Association, Feb. 19, 2004 (Seattle, WA)

Conflicts and Rivers, University of Washington, Earth and Space Sciences Department, Feb. 18, 2004

Inspirational Environmental Law in Indian Country, Coeur D'Alene Tribe, Environmental Management Conference, Oct. 8, 2003 (Worley, ID)

Origins and Functions of the Point Source Provisions of the Clean Water Act, Miccosukee Tribe Legal Counsel, Sep. 22, 2003 (Miami, FL)

Environmental Law in Indian Country, University of Washington School of Law, Sep. 19, 2003

Origins and Functions of the Best Science Clauses, National Research Council, Ocean Studies Board, Committee on Defining Best Available Science for Fisheries Management, Workshop, Sep. 8, 2003 (Washington, DC)

Best Available Science for Fisheries Management: A Legal Survey, National Research Council, Ocean Studies Board, Committee on Defining Best Available Science for Fisheries Management, Meeting One, Jul. 16, 2003 (Seattle, WA)

Evolutionary Theory and Environmental Law: Is Homo Sapiens Capable of Sustainable Behavior?, Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research, Teaching Seminar, Jun. 2003 (Squaw Valley, CA)

Evolutionary Theory: Emotions and Communication, Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research, Jun. 2003 (Squaw Valley, CA)

Improving Laws, Declining World--The Tort of Contamination, National Environmental Law Societies, Annual Conference, Mar. 2003 (Baltimore, MD)

Environmental Law in Indian Country, American Bar Association Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, Feb. 7, 2003 (Seattle, WA)

The Tort of Contamination, Valparaiso University School of Law, Monsanto Lecture, Feb. 2003 (Valparaiso, IN)

Environmental Law in Indian Country: Update on Agriculture, University of Arizona School of Law, Oct. 2002 (Tucson, AZ)

Fighting Phantoms: Courage, Environmental Law and Free Speech, University of Alabama School of Law, Hugo L. Black Lecture, Oct. 2002 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Environmental Law in Indian County: Update on Alaska, University of Washington School of Law, Native American Law Center, May 2002 (Seattle, WA)

Growth and Form: Indian Tribes, Terrorism, and the Durability of Environmental Law, Vermont Law School, 2002 Waterman Lecture, Jan. 1, 2002 (South Royalton, VT)

Sense of Justice, Gruter Institute, Jun. 2000

University of Utah College of Law, Stegner Center, First Annual Wallace Stegner Lecture, Mar. 30, 2000

Growth and Form: Developmental Constraints on Science Policy on the Columbia River, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Panel on Columbia River Salmon, Feb. 21, 2000 (Washington, DC)

Keynote, Endangered Species Act, Law Seminars International, Jan. 27, 2000

Environmental Law in Indian Country, Intertribal Council of Arizona, Nov. 23, 1999 (Phoenix, AZ)

University of Arizona, College of Law, Environmental Restoration Conference, Nov. 11, 1999 (Tucson, AZ)

The Most Creative Moments in the History of Environmental Law: The Who's, Washburn University, Myrl L. Duncan Endowed Lecturer Series, Mar. 12, 1999 (Topeka, KS)

Keynote, California Environmental Law Institute, Oct. 1997 (Yosemite, CA)

Pace University School of Law, Third Annual Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture, Apr. 1997

Environmental Law: History, Sources, and Pictures, American Association of Law Libraries, Annual Meeting, Jul. 11, 1994 (Seattle, WA)

Moderator and interrogator, Salmon and the Columbia River, Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Foundation for American Communications, May 13, 1994 (Seattle, WA)

Sudden Migration: The Problem of Nonindigenous Species, Gruter Institute and Brookings Institute, May 1994 (Washington, DC)

Keynote, A Pictorial History of U.S. Environmental Law, Conference on Grassroots Organizations and Environmental Law, Mar. 5, 1994 (Eugene, OR)

Keynote, Twenty-Five Years of Environmental Law, Association of American Law Schools, Annual Meeting, Jan. 1994 (Orlando, FL)

Environmental Law of the U.S. and Taiwan, Taiwan Conference, Mar. 1993

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