The Worst Case and the Worst Example: An Agenda for Any Young Lawyer Who Wants to Save the World from Climate Chaos

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William H. Rodgers

University of Washington - School of Law

Anna Moritz

Center for Biological Diversity

Date Written: Spring 2009

Abstract

Wherever you turn with regard to climate change, you'll hear about the worst, and the worst of the worst, and the worst that will happen after that. Young lawyers should consider climate change a career opportunity. We suggest a personal strategy: (I) Honoring Knowledge and Learning; (II) Protecting Your Institutions and Loving Your Country; (III) Planning and Conducting Your Personal War on Bad Law; and (IV) Rejecting Defeatism and Impossibility Theorems.

Impossible problems can only succumb to implacable convictions. Humans created the conditions for this climate change catastrophe. Perhaps they can stumble into ultimate triumph.

Keywords: climate change, environmental law, practice of law, courts, agencies, Congress, public policy, science, pessimism, optimism

Suggested Citation

Rodgers, William H. and Moritz, Anna, The Worst Case and the Worst Example: An Agenda for Any Young Lawyer Who Wants to Save the World from Climate Chaos (Spring 2009). Southeastern Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 295-335, 2009, University of Washington School of Law Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2446167

William H. Rodgers (Contact Author)

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Anna Moritz

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