Environmental Law

Phone: 978.681.0800 X131
Email: kolson@mslaw.edu

I have recently developed this course and will be offering it for the first time this spring because of my concern about what has been rightfully called the biggest challenge ever to face mankind. While the full effects of climate change might not be felt for another fifty years, knowledgeable scientists have concluded that we have a short time frame in which to take corrective steps or else our children and grandchildren will face the potentially devastating consequences of our inaction. These consequences include sea level rise which could inundate most coastal regions, temperature increases which could result in the climate in New England more closely resembling that of South Carolina or Florida, and infectious diseases like Triple-E, dengue fever, malaria, and West Nile virus becoming common in places where they have never even existed. For these reasons and many others, this course embraces policy considerations, legal initiatives by cities, counties, states and the federal government, statutory enactments, regulatory activities and court rulings.

Introduction to Global Climate Change Chapter 1 (.pdf)
Introduction to Global Climate Change Chapter 4 (.pdf)

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Massachusetts School of Law's Mission

military logoMassachusetts School of Law's mission is to provide an academically rigorous affordable legal education emphasizing ethics, advocacy, leadership, and professional skills. MSLAW provides an accessible and affordable legal education to tomorrow’s leaders in law, business, and technology who seek to contribute to their communities as advocates, lawyers, and leaders. Lawyers have substantial influence in our society and MSLAW prepares its graduates to use that power to help their clients and obtain the societal advancement that a law degree has traditionally provided.

To accomplish its mission, Massachusetts School of Law brings together a diverse group of scholars, judges, expert practitioners and other professionals to provide individuals from all backgrounds a rigorous, professionally advantageous, affordable legal education so that they can improve their lives and better serve their communities.