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John Cruden, Professor Robert Percival and Attorney General Eric Holder at Cruden's swearing in as Assistant Attorney General

John Cruden, head of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) during the Obama administration, will deliver the 2018 Fedder Lecture at the law school on Friday November 16. The Fedder Lecture is the Environmental Law Program’s annual endowed lecture established by the late Joel and Ellen Fedder. 

Cruden, currently a principal in the firm of Beveridge & Diamond, is one of the nation’s top environmental lawyers.  He served as ENRD’s Environmental Enforcement Section Chief from 1991-1995 and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for ENRD from 1995-2011. and.  Before becoming the Assistant Attorney General in charge of ENRD in 2014, John served for three years as President of the Environmental Law Institute.

John was the first government attorney elected President of the District of Columbia Bar, the second largest bar in the nation. He was also the first government attorney selected as Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources. John currently serves as President of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.

Before joining the Department of Justice, John was the Chief Legislative Counsel of the U.S. Army. After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, John distinguished himself in military service in Airborne, Ranger, and Special Forces units in Germany and Vietnam. His subsequent military assignments include as a criminal prosecutor in Germany and civil trial lawyer in the Pentagon; Chief of Litigation Branch, Europe; General Counsel, Defense Nuclear Agency; Staff Judge Advocate in Germany; and Director of Administrative and Civil Law, Judge Advocate General’s School, Charlottesville, Virginia. John’s awards for government and military service include the President Rank Award from three different Presidents, the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star.

The Fedder Lecture on November 16 will be followed by the Environmental Law Program’s annual alumni winetasting event.

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The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law was established in 1816 and began regular instruction in 1824. It is the third-oldest law school in the nation, but its innovative programs make it one of the liveliest and most dynamic today. Maryland Carey Law stands among five other professional schools on the Founding Campus of the University of Maryland. It has taken advantage of this location to become an integral part of the Baltimore-Washington legal and business community.