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 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.

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:

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: