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What Happened in North Carolina: The Role of Lawyers and the Rule of Law in Governance

Tuesday, March 21, 2017,
  • Location: Vanderbilt Law School • 131 21st Ave South • Nashville, TN 37203
  • Room: Hyatt Room

North CarolinaNorth Carolina recently has been at the center of political controversy over positions its governing institutions have taken regarding a wide variety of distinct but related policy themes, including the environment and civil rights. In this public lecture, Victor Flatt, Tom & Elizabeth Taft Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law at the University of North Carolina Law School, will offer his perspectives on the political dynamics behind these important developments and discuss the role lawyers have played and will continue to play in their evolution.

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.

Victor B. Flatt is the Tom & Elizabeth Taft Distinguished Professor in Environmental Law, the Co-Director of the Center for Climate, Energy, Environment & Economics, and the Co-Director of the North Carolina Coastal Resources Law, Planning, and Policy Center. His scholarship has focused on the administration and enforcement of environmental and resource statutes, particularly the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, and NEPA. Recently, he has focused on the legislative and regulatory mechanisms needed to address climate change in the United States. In particular, he has written about and advised policy makers on offsets, and the impact of offsets on a carbon market; and the emergence of climate change adaptation policy.

Visitors should park in the Terrace Place Garage, spaces 41-92, at the corner of 21st Ave. South and Terrace Place, or the Wesley Place Garage, spaces 52-170, at the corner of 21st Ave. South and Scarritt Place.  Parking costs range from $4.00 to $12.00 at these garages.  Both are within walking distance of the law school.