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10-22-2009

Clarkson University Forum with NYS Special Deputy Attorney General for Environmental Protection Tuesday

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A special Clarkson University Environmental Forum, featuring Katherine "Kit" Kennedy, New York State Special Deputy Attorney General for Environmental Protection, will be held this Tuesday, October 27, at 7 p.m. in the University’s Cheel Campus Center.

At this forum, co-sponsored by New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo and Clarkson, Kennedy will speak about "The Legal Fight Against Global Warming and other elements of the Attorney General’s environmental agenda." A question and answer session will follow her presentation.kkennedy

The event is free and open to the public.

Kennedy is Chief of the Attorney General’s Environmental Protection Bureau.

The Bureau enforces state and federal environmental laws, defends state agencies when sued on environmental matters, and recovers the costs incurred in State hazardous waste cleanups. Recent initiatives include legal action to slow global warming, reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants, clean up contaminated sites, and improve water quality and protect the Great Lakes.

Kennedy worked previously for 18 years at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she was a senior attorney and director of the Northeast Energy Project. She has worked on a range of issues, including clean energy, water and air pollution and land use issues. She is currently a visiting lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and has taught as an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law.

She received a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986 and a B.A. from Harvard College in 1982. She clerked for the Honorable Morris E. Lasker in the Southern District of New York.

For more information, please call 315-268-4430.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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