Biographical Information

Richard Lazarus

Richard Lazarus is the Howard J. and Katherine W. Aibel Professor of Law at Harvard University, where he teaches Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Supreme Court Advocacy, and Torts.  He also recently served as the Executive Director of the President’s Commission responsible for investigating the root causes of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1979 and he has a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in economics from the University of Illinois, where he focused on environmental issues.

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Books and Reports

Supreme Court Advocacy

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Recent Presentations

  • The Biden Administration’s First 100 Days: Undoing the Undoing of Environmental Protection Law, Harvard Law School (April 22, 2021)
  • Highlights & Predictions, Recent Supreme Court Decisions, American Bar Ass’n Environmental, Energy, and Resources Law, 27th Fall Conference, Boston, MA (September 12, 2020)
  • The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court, The Anthony Kennedy Lecture on the Supreme Court and the Constitution, Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, OR (March 4, 2020)
  • Supreme Court Review and Preview, American Law Institute-American Bar Ass’n Annual Program on Environmental Law, Washington, DC (February 6, 2020)
  • The Super Wicked Problem of Donald Trump, Vanderbilt University School of Law (October 24, 2019)
  • The Supreme Court and the Clean Water Act: Looking Forward by Looking Back, National Clean Water Seminar, Austin, TX (November 21, 2019)
  • Annual Supreme Court Review & Preview, Environmental Law Institute and Harvard Law School Environmental Law Program (September 26, 2019)
  • The Emerging Environmental Law Curriculum, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont (June 20, 2019)
  • The Rule of Five—Making Climate History at the Supreme Court, Vermont Law School , South Royalton, Vermont (June 19, 2019)

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