Professors David Schoenbrod and Katrina Wyman
In 2007, NYLS Professor David Schoenbrod and NYU Professors Richard Stewart and Katrina Wyman started a project, "Breaking the Logjam: An Environmental Law for the 21st Century". The goal of the Project is to encourage the development of innovative strategies for fundamental changes in US environmental programs, many of which are obsolete and performing poorly. The Project emphasizes the need for future strategies to include openness on tradeoffs, decentralization, market-based incentives, cooperation, and new approaches (including information-based strategies) that crosscut the currently separate statutory programs. To that end, the Project is sponsoring a major symposium in 2008 at which forty-plus environmental law experts will come together to propose reforms. In 2009, the Project’s work will continue in this seminar in which students will evaluating bills introduced in Congress and other policy proposals for environmental law reform. A wide range of issues will be considered including climate change and the protection of land and marine ecosystems. Students will be encouraged to write papers critiquing such proposals or making their own proposals.