Chris Stone Symposium on Environmental Law
April 1, 2022
The Southern California Law Review is pleased to announce that we will be presenting a symposium to honor the intellectual legacy of Gould’s, late Professor Christopher D. Stone—the J. Thomas McCarthy Trustee Chair in Law, Emeritus. The symposium will be featured in the final issue of the Law Review’s 95th volume.
Date: Friday, April 1, 2022, from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: USC Gould School of Law, Musick Law Building, Faculty Lounge (4th Floor)
Register: here. Lunch will be served to those who register. Lunch spots are limited.
Contact: please contact Brooke Kopel at firstname.lastname@example.org for further inquiries
Structure of Presentations: Each speaker will have individual, twenty- to thirty-minute presentations, which may include PowerPoints. Presentations will be followed by a short Q&A, time permitting.
- 11:30-12:30: Lunch
- 12:30-12:40: Opening Remarks and Introductions (Dean Guzman, Mindy Vo & Professor Altman)
- 12:40-1:20: Professor Daniel Esty (Zoom from Copenhagen)
- 1:20-2:00: Professor David Takacs
- 2:00-2:40: Professor Karen Bradshaw
- 20-Minute Break
- 3:00-3:40: Professor Hope Babcock (Zoom from Georgetown)
- 3:40-4:20: Professor Robin Craig
- 4:20-5:00: Professor Richard Lazarus
- 5:00–5:10: Closing Remarks
We hope you can join us in tribute and engage in conversation with his influential scholarship and the nation’s leader in environmental law, including Gould’s very own Professor Robin Craig. We are thrilled to be hosting some of the nation’s leading environmental scholars, including:
- Robin Craig (Robert C. Packard Trustee Chair in Law, USC Gould School of Law)
- Daniel Esty (Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Yale Law School)
- Richard Lazarus (Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School)
- Hope Babcock (Professor of Law, Georgetown Law)
- Karen Bradshaw (Professor of Law, ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law)
- David Takacs (Professor of Law, UC Hastings Law)
Attendance is open to all. For those outside the Gould community who are interested in attending, please make sure to register to receive parking reservations. Parking spots are limited.
Christopher D. Stone, J. Thomas McCarthy Trustee Chair in Law, Emeritus
Professor Stone joined USC in 1965 and remained a part of the faculty until he passed away in May 2021. Professor Stone was one of the most highly respected environmental law professors in the country, and his article, “Should Trees Have Standing?—Toward Legal Rights for Natural Objects,” is one of the most famous articles the Southern California Law Review has ever published. Justice Douglas cited the article and adopted Chris Stone’s arguments in Sierra Club v. Morton, 405 U.S. 727, 742-43 (1972) (Douglas, J., dissenting), and Justice Scalia also cited Professor Stone’s article in a footnote in his concurring opinion in Minnesota v. Carter, 525 U.S. 83, 98 n.3 (1988) (Scalia, J., concurring). Professor Stone later adapted his work into a book, which has influenced environmental law and policy around the country. To this day, his book, Should Trees Have Standing?: And Other Essays on Law, Morals & the Environment, remains one of the field’s most prominent works.
Further reading about Professor Stone:
- Christopher D. Stone, Should Trees Have Standing–Toward Legal Rights for Natural Objects, 45 S. CAL. L. REV. 450 (1972).
- Professor Stone’s Faculty Page: https://gould.usc.edu/faculty/?id=372
- A tribute written by Dean Guzman: https://gould.usc.edu/about/news/?id=4839
- NY Times Article on Professor Stone: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/us/christopher-stone-dead.html
- Washington Post Obituary on Professor Stone: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/christopher-stone-dead/2021/05/19/7641dd4a-b816-11eb-a5fe-bb49dc89a248_story.html