Government Law Center at Albany Law School exploring “New York’s New Green Amendment: Mountain or Molehill?”


Newswise – Albany Law School’s Government Law Center will host the third installment of the 2022 Warren M. Anderson Legislative Seminar Series, “New York’s New Green Amendment: Mountain or Molehill?” April 26 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The session will focus on the recently added New York State Constitutional Amendment which ensures that “every person has the right to clean air and water and a healthy environment”.

Environmental law professors from four law schools will discuss the provision’s potential impact on existing laws and policies, as well as how similar constitutional provisions have been interpreted.

Seminars are free and open to the public, but registration is required. For participating lawyers, a continuing legal education (CLE) professional practice credit is available.

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Jonathan Rosenbloom, a professor at Albany Law School, will moderate the seminar. Panelists include:

• Rebecca M. Bratspies – City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, Founding Director of the Center for Urban Environmental Reform

• John C. Dernbach – Widener University Commonwealth Law School, Director of the Environmental Law and Sustainability Center

• Nicholas Robinson – Elizabeth Haub Law School at Pace University

“The Green Amendment to the New York State Constitution raises questions about new limitations on government action that impact the environment and new protections beyond existing environmental laws, if appropriate, which New Yorkers now benefit from,” said Patrick A. Woods, Deputy Director of the Government Legal Center. “We are bringing together this panel of state government law and environmental law scholars to help answer some of these questions.”

This seminar follows previous meetings on ethics reform and the revitalization of the New York State Law Review Commission held earlier this spring. A final seminar is planned for May. Each seminar features experts addressing key legal and policy issues pending before the New York State government.

All previous seminars can be viewed at albanylaw.edu/government-law-center/warren-m-anderson-series.

The series is named in honor of Warren M. Anderson ’40 who served in the New York State Senate for 36 years, working with six governors. He was the longest-serving Senate Majority Leader, serving in that role from 1973 to 1988.

Anderson was best known for working to save New York from its budget crisis in the mid-1970s. He was also responsible for creating the state’s Tuition Assistance Program, which helped fund education of thousands of New York students.

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