Press Release

Media Advisory: New Book on Judicial and Legislative Settlements of Major Health and Environmental Crises — Online Press Conference November 12

David J. Hayes of the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center and Scott Fulton of the Environmental Law Institute to announce release of Looking Back to Move Forward: Resolving Health & Environmental Crises

The State Ener­gy & Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Cen­ter and the Envi­ron­men­tal Law Insti­tute will hold an online press con­fer­ence on Novem­ber 12 at 11:00am ET to announce the release of Look­ing Back to Move For­ward: Resolv­ing Health & Envi­ron­men­tal Crises, a new book on key lessons learned from past judi­cial and leg­isla­tive set­tle­ments of major health and envi­ron­men­tal crises, includ­ing the Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon oil spill, the Volk­swa­gen Diesel­gate” scan­dal, the Super­fund pro­gram, the health harms of asbestos expo­sure, and oth­ers. The book is a rich source of valu­able insights for attor­neys, judges, leg­is­la­tors, oth­er advo­cates, and the inter­est­ed pub­lic as they grap­ple with future chal­lenges, such as the opi­oid epi­dem­ic, PFAS con­t­a­m­i­na­tion and the cli­mate crisis.

The press con­fer­ence will fea­ture Scott Ful­ton, Pres­i­dent of the Envi­ron­men­tal Law Insti­tute, and David J. Hayes, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the State Ener­gy & Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Cen­ter.

Please reg­is­ter here. For more infor­ma­tion on the press con­fer­ence or the book, please con­tact Stephen Read at stephen.​[email protected]​nyu.​edu.

Advance Praise for Look­ing Back to Move Forward:

Essen­tial read­ing in under­stand­ing the pol­i­cy impli­ca­tions of health and envi­ron­men­tal tragedies. A cogent study of when our Courts work effec­tive­ly — and when they don’t. What are the com­pet­ing alter­na­tives? You’ll find the answers here.”

– Ken­neth R. Fein­berg, Admin­is­tra­tor of the Sep­tem­ber 11 Vic­tim Com­pen­sa­tion Fund & the BP Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon Oil Spill Fund

Look­ing Back to Move For­ward: Resolv­ing Health & Envi­ron­men­tal Crises offers a time­ly mas­ter class on the strate­gies and tools used by advo­cates, judges, leg­is­la­tors, and pol­i­cy­mak­ers to resolve some of the most high-pro­file— and vex­ing — health and envi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges of our time, from tobac­co expo­sure to VW’s diesel decep­tion. Packed with detail, Look­ing Back dis­tills key guid­ing prin­ci­ples, replic­a­ble mod­els and pit­falls to avoid. As we con­tin­ue to con­front com­plex crises, like the exis­ten­tial threat of cli­mate change and the epi­dem­ic of opi­oid addic­tion — both fueled by cor­po­rate decep­tion and denial— we can draw on these crisply ren­dered lessons learned to pro­tect the health of our com­mu­ni­ties and envi­ron­ment and hold account­able those who vio­late the law.”

– Mass­a­chu­setts Attor­ney Gen­er­al Mau­ra Healey

When the health and envi­ron­men­tal threats of the 21st cen­tu­ry feel unsur­mount­able, this book reminds us that our judi­cial sys­tem can help meet enor­mous chal­lenges, as pros­e­cu­tors and lawyers showed with tobac­co. By focus­ing on past approach­es to major set­tle­ments, the State Impact Cen­ter illus­trates how the law helps con­front press­ing issues, like cli­mate change, when oth­er branch­es are cap­tive to indus­try influence.”

– U.S. Sen­a­tor Shel­don White­house (RI)

Sweep­ing in scope yet exquis­ite in detail, Look­ing Back to Move For­ward chron­i­cles the most seri­ous health and envi­ron­men­tal crises of the past cen­tu­ry. By tal­ly­ing what our courts and pol­i­cy­mak­ers got wrong and right, the vol­ume is an essen­tial resource for those con­fronting today’s chal­lenges — and those who will address calami­ties to come.

– Pro­fes­sor Nora Free­man Engstrom, Stan­ford Law School


The State Ener­gy & Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Cen­ter (State Impact Cen­ter) is a non-par­ti­san cen­ter at the NYU School of Law that is ded­i­cat­ed to help­ing state attor­neys gen­er­al fight against reg­u­la­to­ry roll­backs and advo­cate for clean ener­gy, cli­mate change, and envi­ron­men­tal val­ues and protections.For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it http://​www​.law​.nyu​.edu/​c​e​n​t​e​r​s​/​s​t​a​t​e​-​i​mpact.