Environmental Law

Widener Law Commonwealth has been a leader in the field of environmental  law for more than twenty years. Some highlights include:

• Distinguished Professor of Law and Center Director John Dernbach’s leading treatises, STUMBLING TOWARD SUSTAINABILITY and AGENDA FOR A SUSTAINABLE AMERICA, along with dozens of publications and presentations on how to shape individual, local, state, federal and international policies to address pressing environmental challenges, including climate change, energy independence, and sustainable environmental stewardship. Professor Dernbach’s amicus brief in Massachusetts v. EPA helped shape the Supreme Court’s 2007 decision to require EPA to determine whether to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.  John was recently featured in Thomas Friedman’s bestseller, HOT, FLAT AND CROWDED.

• Hosting six nationally influential symposia dedicated to environment, energy and resource issues, including climate change, environmental citizen suits, sustainability (thrice) and land use. The corresponding published proceedings have been cited as authority in hundreds of works of legal scholarship, books and judicial opinions nationwide.

We aim to continue to help shape environmental law, to teach tomorrow’s leaders, and to make a difference in the community.