Environmental Law Distinguished Speaker Series

Heather Payne

March 20, 2019

Professor Heather Payne spoke to the audience about “Howe Regulators Should Address the Potential for Shared Shale Gas Assets.”

View Professor Payne’s Lecture below or directly on our YouTube Channel.

Heather Payne is an Associate Professor at Seton Hall University School of Law and an emerging leader in the areas of energy law, environmental law, and evolving regulatory policy. A former chemical engineer and corporate executive, she brings a deep understanding of both the technical and economic implications of policies to address new realities in a carbon- and water-constrained world. Before joining the Seton Hall law faculty in 2018, Professor Payne was Fellow and Assistant Director of the Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics (CE3) at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Prior to entering academia, she clerked for Judge Martha Geer on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and worked with Sears Holdings Corporation and Honeywell International.

Professor Payne holds a BChE in Chemical Engineering where she graduated with High Honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a J.D. from University of North Carolina School of Law, where she graduated with High Honors and served as a member of the North Carolina Law Review and Symposium Editor for Environmental Law Project.


Emily Hammond

April 14, 2016

Professor Emily Hammond spoke to the audience about “Climate Change and the Limits of Administrative Law.”

Professor Hammond is a nationally recognized expert in energy law, environmental law, and administrative law. A former environmental engineer, she brings technical fluency to cutting-edge issues at the intersection of law, science, and policy. An elected member of the American Law Institute, Professor Hammond is also chair-elect of the American Association of Law Schools’ Administrative Law Section, and a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform. She was recently honored as a Distinguished Young Environmental Scholars by the Stegner Center, University of Utah.

View Hammond’s lecture below or directly on Widener Law Commonwealth’s YouTube Channel.


Franklin Kury

October 29, 2015

Legislative advocate, author and speaker, Franklin Kury, spoke to the audience about “The Environmental Amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution: How It Came to Be and Where It is Going.”

Kury was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for three terms (1966–1972), where he was the author and lead advocate for the environmental rights amendment to the state constitution (Article I, Section 27).  In 1972, he was elected to the first of two terms in the Pennsylvania State Senate, where he became a leader in government reform.  He is now with Malady & Wooten in Harrisburg, where he advises clients on state government issues and advocates on their behalf.

View Kury’s lecture below or directly on Widener Law Commonwealth’s Viddler website.