HUCE Our Common Ground: Why America’s Public Lands Are a Political and Conservation Success

The Harvard University Center for the Environment, the Salata Institute for Climate & Sustainability, and the Environmental & Energy Program at Harvard Law School present a book release and lecture by John Leshy, Emeritus Professor, University of California, Hastings College of the Law & Former Solicitor, US Department of the Interior (Clinton Administration). 

John Leshy is currently Emeritus Professor at UC Hastings. He began there in the fall of 2001, after serving as Solicitor (General Counsel) of the US Department of the Interior throughout the Clinton Administration. Previously he taught at Arizona State University College of Law (1980-1992), and served in the Interior Department in the Carter Administration, as special counsel to the Chair of the Committee on Natural Resources, US House of Representatives, and with the Natural Resources Defense Council in California. He started his legal career as a litigator with the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice.

In 2008-2009 Leshy co-chaired the Obama Administration transition team for the Interior Department, after heading the Interior transition team for Clinton-Gore in 1992-93. In 2013 he received the Defenders of Wildlife Legacy Award for lifetime contributions to wildlife conservation.

In 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2011 Leshy was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, from which he graduated in 1969, after earning an AB at Harvard College. His publications include books on the Mining Law of 1872 (1987) and the Arizona Constitution (2d edition published in 2013), and a co-author of textbooks on water law (6th edition published in 2018) and federal land and resources law (7th edition published in 2014). His most recent release, Our Common Ground: A History of America's Public Lands, was published in March 2022.

This event will take place on Wednesday, November 16 from 4-5:30pm in Austin Hall 101 East, Harvard Law School and is only open to the Harvard community. 

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Contact: huce@environment.harvard.edu