Professor Robert Percival Wins ABA Award

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Professor Robert Percival has been named winner of the 2019 Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy Award by the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER) Law.

“We are thrilled Bob is being recognized for his impactful and important work,” says Maryland Carey Law Dean Donald B. Tobin, “and grateful that our students have the opportunity to learn from such an accomplished thought leader in environmental law.”

The award recognizes the distinguished achievement of individuals who have contributed significant leadership in improving the substance, process or understanding of environmental protection and sustainable development. Selection is made by the American Bar Association section representing the thousands of lawyers who specialize in environmental, energy and national resources law.

"What is so special to me about the award,” says Percival, “is that it comes from a group composed largely of practitioners in the environmental law field and not just legal academics."

Percival is director of Maryland Carey Law’s top-ranked Environmental Law Program, which offers one of the most extensive environmental curricula in the country, giving students a variety of advanced courses and seminars through which they can develop a deep understanding of particular areas of interest. Highlights of the program include the environmental law concentration and the highly active Environmental Law Clinic, which trains students to provide legal representation, support and advice to a variety of non-profit organizations and community groups. Graduates of the program work as environmental advocates in public service, private practice, academia and non-profit organizations.

Percival joined the Maryland Carey Law faculty in 1987 after serving as senior attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund. Since 1992, he has been principal author of the most widely used casebook in environmental law in the U.S, and has authored more than 100 publications on topics including environmental law, federalism, presidential powers, regulatory policy and legal history. Percival has given hundreds of guest lectures, paper presentations and workshops in more than 30 countries on six continents.

Percival will receive the award at the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy and Resources’ fall meeting in Boston, Sept. 11-14.

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