Thursday, August 15, 2013

          Professor John Leshy wins Prestigious Legacy Award from Defenders of Wildlife

          The Defenders of Wildlife Legacy Award acknowledges lifetime achievement in wildlife conservation.

          It’s hard to overstate the impact UC Hastings Professor John Leshy has had on decades of projects at the US Department of the Interior. He has served in the Interior Department under three different presidents, including as Solicitor (General Counsel) throughout the Clinton Administration. Previously he taught at Arizona State University College of Law (1980-1992), and served in the Interior Department in the Carter Administration, with the Committee on Natural Resources, US House of Representatives, and with the Natural Resources Defense Council in California. In 2008-2009 he co-chaired the Obama Administration transition team for the Interior Department. Leshy has published four books and more than 50 articles, essays, and book chapters on nearly every subject within the field of environmental law.

          So it is hardly a surprise that Leshy has been chosen as the 2013 honoree for the Defenders of Wildlife Legacy Award, which will be presented at an awards ceremony September 19 in Washington, DC. The Legacy Award, the highest honor the organization bestows, was established in 2007 to recognize exceptional contributions in wildlife conservation. The award will be presented to Professor Leshy by Bruce Babbitt, the 2008 Legacy Award recipient, who is also the inaugural speaker for the UC Hastings Gordon Mathis Riley Lecture in Environmental Law. Defenders board members Ed Asner and Caroline Gabel are co-chairs of the event and board member Jeff Corwin will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

          “We are so pleased to be honoring Professor John Leshy at this year’s Wildlife Conservation Awards Dinner,” says Jamie Rappaport Clark, President and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife. “John’s advocacy for the Endangered Species Act, in addition to his dedication to public service and public land conservation, has been remarkable. John has been one of the most significant and important public land lawyers in modern times and Defenders is truly grateful for his lifelong efforts on behalf of imperiled species and wild spaces of this nation.”

          Leshy is the first law professor to have won the award. “I’m deeply honored to receive this award from one of the nation's pre-eminent defenders of the environment, especially because its past recipients are among the nation’s most dedicated naturalist public servants. I've been fortunate to have had opportunities to help shape the law to protect our environment and manage our resources wisely.”

          Founded in 1947, Defenders of Wildlife is a major national conservation organization focused solely on wildlife and habitat conservation and the safeguarding of biodiversity. The seventh annual Wildlife Conservation Awards Dinner celebrates and honors individuals with a lasting and exceptional commitment to wildlife conservation in the categories of legacy, public service, science, and citizen advocacy. Previous honorees for the lifetime achievement award include Dr. George B. Rabb (2012); Rodger Schlickeisen (2011); Rep. John D. Dingell (2010); Ted Turner (2009); Bruce Babbitt (2008); and Dr. Edward O. Wilson (2007).

          John Leshy is the Harry D. Sunderland Distinguished Professor at the UC Hastings, where he teaches property law, constitutional law, Indian law and various natural resources courses. He has been a frequent visiting professor at Harvard Law School, from which he graduated in 1969, after earning an A.B. at Harvard College. 

          ##

          Go to News Archive

          Share this Story

          Share via Facebook
          Share via TwitterShare via EmailPrint Friendly Version

          Other Recent Stories/ RSS

          Monday, September 18, 2017

          Student Group Champions Reproductive Justice

          Members of the UC Hastings chapter of If/When/How are making a difference through lobbying, fundraising and career development.
          Friday, September 15, 2017

          The Slants - Live from UC Hastings

          2L Jeremy Chan, president of APALSA, reflects on how the student organization partnered with SFIPLA to bring the headline-making band to UC Hastings to perform and discuss their U.S. Supreme Court victory.
          Wednesday, September 13, 2017

          Community Connections

          La Raza Law Students Association works for diversity in the classroom and the courtroom.
          Monday, September 11, 2017

          Coping With Concentration- Tim Greaney researches regulatory measures to combat increasing healthcare costs for Health Affairs

          Professor Greaney’s commentary suggests that regulations should target the real culprits, providers with market power and the ability to stifle competition.
          Friday, September 08, 2017

          Promoting Diversity in Tech

          Pandora’s chief counsel helps others find success and a sense of belonging.
          Go to News Archive