The Future of Environmentalism in a Fractured Country.

Reed Zars ’77, Attorney. Introduction by Professor David Dethier. Brooks Rogers.

Reed Zars began his legal career in the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office as an assistant attorney general in the Environmental Enforcement Division.  After prosecuting environmental enforcement cases for five years, and teaching Environmental Law at Williams for one, in 1992 Reed and his wife Megan returned home to the Mountain West where Reed began his practice bringing public interest law suits under the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and other federal statutes.  Over the last 25 years Reed has brought, and successfully concluded, environmental cases against Texaco, Conoco, PacifiCorp, Southern California Edison, Tennessee Valley Authority, Lehigh Cement, Public Service Company of New Mexico, Salt River Project and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, to name a few. Reed’s clients have included Grand Canyon Trust, Sierra Club, National Parks Conservation Association and other national, regional and local groups.  Reed’s Clean Air Act cases have resulted in the estimated reduction of air pollutants equivalent to the retirement of 20 million vehicles, and the required internalization of hundreds of millions of dollars of formerly externalized health and environmental costs. 

Reed has received the Sierra Club’s national William O. Douglas Award, the National Law Journal’s Pro Bono Attorney Award, EPA’s Environmental Achievement Award, and has been nominated by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice as one of the country’s top trial attorneys.  Reed has received Williams College’s Bicentennial Award, and has taught as a Givelber Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University Law School. 


Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 8:00pm

Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center

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