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Environmental Law Section Book Club – The Snail Darter And The Dam

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May 28, 2020 @ 4:00 pm 6:00 pm

We invite our Environmental Law Section (ELS) members to stay connected and inspired through our new ELS Book Club. Our book selections below touch upon environmental law issues through a range of styles and topics. We encourage you to pick up one or more of our selections and start reading along with us!

The Snail Darter and the Dam: How Pork-Barrel Politics Endangered a Little Fish and Killed a River
By: Zygmunt J.B. Plater (2013)

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In this eye-opening book, the lawyer who with his students fought and won the first Endangered Species Act case to be adjudicated before the Supreme Court – known officially as Tennessee Valley Authority v. Hill – tells the fascinating story behind one of the nation’s most significant environmental law battles.  We invite ELS members to consider the story behind this landmark case, and to discuss how this case may have been utilized in their own legal work as well as any parallels they see in current Endangered Species Act work going on in California today.

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