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2007 Press Releases

2007 Environmental Law Distinguished Lecturer

Mar 01, 2007

TALLAHASSEE—Dan Farber, Sho Sato Professor of Law at the University of California-Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law, will deliver Florida State College of Law’s Spring 2007 Distinguished Lecture in Environmental Law on Wednesday, March 28. His topic is “Adapting to Climate Change—Who Should Pay?” The lecture will begin at 3 p.m. in Room 103 of the law school, with a reception to follow in Room R-103, which is just off the Rotunda.

Professor Farber received a B.A. in philosophy with high honors in 1971 and an M.A. in sociology in 1972, both from the University of Illinois. In 1975 he earned his J.D. from the University of Illinois, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, editor in chief of the University of Illinois Law Review, a Harno Scholar and class valedictorian.

After graduating, Professor Farber clerked for Judge Philip W. Tone of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. He then practiced law with Sidley & Austin before joining the faculty of the University of Illinois Law School.

In 1981 he became a member of the University of Minnesota Law School faculty. During his years there he became the first Henry J. Fletcher Professor of Law in 1987, served as a visiting professor at Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago Law School, and was named McKnight Presidential Professor of Public Law in 2000.

Professor Farber's books include “Desperately Seeking Certainty” (2002), “EcoPragmatism: Making Sensible Environmental Decisions in an Uncertain World” (1999), and “The First Amendment and Environment Law in a Nutshell.” He has also written many articles on environmental and constitutional law as well as about contracts, jurisprudence and legislation.

U.S. News & World Report in 2006 ranked Florida State University College of Law's Environmental Law Program 14th strongest in the nation. This is the fourth of the past six years that the school was ranked in the top 20 for environmental law.

The College of Law provides students the option of more than two dozen courses focusing on environmental law and land use, a student-edited journal, and a certificate program to build a solid foundation in environmental and land use law.

For more information about the law school’s environmental law program, please visit click here.

March 2007