New York, June 13, 2013—Columbia Law School Professor Edward Lloyd, an activist and scholar with expertise in environmental law issues and citizen suit litigation, was honored by the New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) for his dedicated work in environmental law at its 11th annual awards reception on June 7.
The WEC, now 27 years old, is the nation’s longest-standing state labor and environmental advocacy coalition. This year’s reception, held at Rutgers University, celebrated Lloyd and three other honorees who defend environmental justice in New Jersey’s businesses, universities, and public schools.
"The New Jersey Work Environment Council plays a critical role in bringing environmental and labor advocates together to promote the health and safety of workers and communities,” said Lloyd, the Evan M. Frankel Clinical Professor of Environmental Law., “It has been my honor and pleasure to work with WEC."Lloyd, the Evan M. Frankel Clinical Professor of Environmental Law, was honored specifically for his “tireless efforts and dedication to protecting the environment and health and safety of workers and communities,” as cited on the award. He is director of the Law School’s Clinical Programs and Environmental Law Clinic, where he represents environmental and community organizations in complex civil suits that address urgent ecological challenges. In 2012, for instance, Lloyd filed a lawsuit on behalf of 28 labor, environmental, and community groups, including WEC, to overturn Governor Christie’s “waiver rule” to roll back environmental and worker protection safeguards.
A member of the Columbia Law School faculty since 2000, Lloyd has lectured on various issues in environmental law and citizen suit litigation, including many environmental courses for practicing lawyers. Before coming to Columbia, he directed the Rutgers University Law School Environmental Law Clinic.
Outside the Law School, Lloyd is actively involved in environmental jurisdiction both in New Jersey and nationally. He has testified before U.S. Senate and House of Representatives committees on environmental justice and has been a member of the Litigation Review Committee of the Environmental Defense Fund since 1991. He also co-founded and co-directs the Eastern Environmental Law Center, the sole public interest environmental law firm in New Jersey, and served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Environmental Litigation. He has also served on the New Jersey Pinelands Commission since 2002.