I’m thrilled to share that the Center for Progressive Reform features prominently in the pages of a forthcoming anthology of last year’s best writing on environmental law.
Three of five articles selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of the anthology were written or co-written by our esteemed Member Scholars — law professors who generously donate their time and expertise to help us achieve our mission to create a more responsive and inclusive government, a healthier environment, and a just society. A fourth article was authored by a Member Scholar who is on leave from the center while serving in the Biden administration.
The competition was fierce. Every year, leading environmental law professors and practitioners review hundreds of articles in the previous year’s law review literature — on topics ranging from land use and development to energy and natural resources — and select the best of the bunch. The top articles are then published in Land Use and Environment Law Review, Thomson Reuters’ prestigious collection of “the most insightful thinking” on the topic.
For the 2022 edition, more than 30 experts in environmental law identified 14 of the nation’s best articles, and 15 second-level reviewers then selected the top five for publication.
“Representation in this prestigious publication is a tremendous honor,” Rob Verchick, the president of our Board and a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans, said. “The fact that five of our Member Scholars authored or co-authored four of the five articles selected for inclusion speaks to the brilliance of our colleagues and co-travelers in environmental and public health law — and to our organization’s collective, cutting-edge work to harness the power of law and public policy to build a better and more sustainable world.”
I join Rob in sending heartfelt congratulations to all those selected.
Anthology articles include those written by:
A fourth article was written by Sarah Krakoff, a law professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder who is on leave from the Center while serving in the U.S. Department of the Interior. Krakoff is an expert on legal issues relating to Native Americans, public lands, and natural resources, and her article — originally published in the University of Colorado Law Review — explores the Grand Canyon National Park on its 100th anniversary through the lens of law, politics, and power. It examines how law facilitated the violent displacement of Indigenous peoples from the park, deepened racial inequity, and fell short of protecting against sexual harassment and discrimination. Krakoff’s article ends with a discussion of how law may yet help our national parks become our nation’s “best idea.”
The fifth article selected for the anthology was written by Bruce Huber, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, and published in the Washington University Law Review. Huber finds that property owners have little incentive to retain or restore contaminated, depleted, or derelict property and great incentive to abandon it, as demonstrated by economic busts in coal and oil and gas markets. The increasing presence of “negative-value property” demands legal tools to ensure owners take responsibility for their property, he writes.
The 2022 edition of Land Use and Environment Law Review will be published in September.
The anthology reveals the “diversity, depth, and quality of writing in our field,” J.B. Ruhl, a law professor at Vanderbilt Law School and co-director of the Energy, Environment, and Land Use Program said in a message posted on a listserv for environmental professors. “It is artificial to think that five articles can adequately capture all that, but it is a real treat to see the reviewers engaging thoughtfully at every stage to find a small collection of articles strongly representing what we do.”