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Stegner Center Young Scholar – Sanne Knudsen

November 3, 2016 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

12th Annual Stegner Center Young Scholar

The Flip Side of Michigan v. EPA: Are Cumulative Impacts Centrally Relevant?

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12:15-1:15 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6)
In deciding Michigan v. EPA, the Supreme Court described costs as a “centrally relevant” factor to regulatory decision-making and held that the EPA should therefore have considered cost when deciding whether to regulate mercury emissions from power plants. In the wake of that decision, some commentators suggested that the case would be a blow to agencies pursuing aggressive public health agendas. In her lecture, Professor Knudsen will explore the flipside of Michigan v. EPA. In particular, taking Michigan v. EPA as a blueprint, Professor Knudsen considers whether cumulative impacts are centrally relevant to environmental regulation and – like cost – deserve a systemic and meaningful role in agency decision-making.

sanne knudsenSanne Knudsen, Stimson Bullitt Endowed Professor of Environmental Law, Associate Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law
Professor Sanne H. Knudsen received a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan, where she graduated Order of the Coif and was a member of the Michigan Law Review. After graduating from law school, she clerked for the Honorable Ronald M. Gould on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Knudsen went on to practice law in the area of environmental litigation at Faegre & Benson in Minneapolis, and Sidley, Austin Brown & Wood in Chicago. While at Faegre, Professor Knudsen represented numerous environmental public interest organizations on a pro bono basis. Her clients included Defenders of Wildlife, the Humane Society of the United States, Sierra Club, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, and Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness.

After leaving law practice, Professor Knudsen became a Visiting Assistant Professor that the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. While in Utah, she taught Natural Resources Law, Environmental Practice, and Wildlife Law. She also supervised clinical students in conjunction with the Western Resource Advocates Environmental Law Clinic.

Professor Knudsen joined the University of Washington School of Law in 2011. She teaches Natural Resources Law, Environmental Law, Administrative Law, and Civil Procedure. Her scholarship focuses on how environmental laws and tort liability frameworks can better reduce or redress long-term and multiple-stressor environmental harms. Her most recent work, entitled “Regulating Cumulative Risk,” is forthcoming in the Minnesota Law Review and argues that the public health implications of combined exposures to pesticides and chemicals requires greater regulatory emphasis on cumulative risk assessment.

1 hour of CLE (pending).
No registration required.  Free and open to the public.

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The Young Scholar Program is supported by a generous donation from the Cultural Vision Fund.



November 3, 2016
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
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S. J. Quinney College of Law
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Salt Lake City, UT 84112 United States


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