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

  • Justice Breyer’s Friendly Legacy for Environmental Law, USC School of Law (April 1, 2022)
  • Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court, New York State Library, Webinar (March 24, 2022)
  • A Critical Year at the Supreme Court, University High School Alumni Association Century Celibration, Webinar (March 24, 2022)
  • Climate Change Returns to the U.S. Supreme CourtWest Virginia v. EPA, Harvard Law School, Webinar (March 22, 2022) (panelist)
  • Climate Litigation, National Academy of Science, Pasadena CA (March 22, 2022)
  • Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court, University of Utah School of Law, Webinar (February 24, 2022)
  • Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court, Harvard Law School 1817 Society, Webinar (February 21, 2022)
  • The U.S. Supreme Court and Environmental Law, ABA/ALI Environmental Law Conference, Washington D.C., Webinar (February 10, 2022)
  • Natural Resources Defense Fund Program in China, Climate Change Litigation (November 19, 2021)
  • The Biden Administration’s First 100 Days: Undoing the Undoing of Environmental Protection Law, Harvard Law School (April 22, 2021)

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