Pamela A. Hill
BA, University of Rochester
JD, Boston University School of Law
Pamela Hill is an environmental lawyer with over thirty years of experience as an attorney at the US Environmental Protection Agency. From 1991 until 2011, when she left EPA, she was the deputy regional counsel at the Agency’s New England Regional Office. In that capacity she had senior management responsibilities for the legal work performed by the Region under federal law. Ms. Hill has experience working on all the major federal environmental statutes and has served in various EPA supervisory positions, including as chief of legal units responsible for Superfund and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and for the Clean Air Act and Toxic Substances Control Act. She actively participated in the national development of EPA’s hazardous waste regulations as well as EPA’s Superfund legislative reauthorization proposals and administrative reforms. She also was active in the development of the Region’s Urban Initiative and has provided legal advice on environmental justice and issues arising under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to top level government managers. Ms. Hill was a senior legal advisor to the national Executive Steering Committee implementing EPA’s Environmental Justice Strategy. Ms. Hill started working at EPA in 1977, first at EPA Headquarters in Washington, and later in the New England Office. She has taught environmental law at Boston University School of Law since 1995. She has also taught at Northeastern University School of Law, and has been a guest lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health and Vermont Law School. She has frequently appeared as a speaker at Bar Association and Continuing Legal Education forums, and has published articles in the New England Law Review and elsewhere. In 2017 Oxford University Press published her book, Environmental Protection: What Everyone Needs to Know.
Ms. Hill received her BA from the University of Rochester and JD from Boston University School of Law. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.
Climate Change Law and Policy (S): LAW JD 796
Climate change is the most important environmental issue of this century. It has generated major law and policy over the last several years, both in the United States and internationally, and presents significant legal and policy issues that remain unresolved. This seminar will examine the legal tools available to address climate change and possibilities for future action, as well as related challenges in light of the current political landscape. The seminar first will consider the international context and review the history of climate change efforts on a global scale, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol, and the 2015 Paris Agreement. It will then focus on currently available U.S. authorities, including the Clean Air Act and executive branch powers, and on state and local efforts. Because there is no statute that addresses climate change head-on, the seminar will consider the challenges presented when a major policy concern is advanced in the absence of a firm statutory foundation. Climate change also raises important issues of human rights, environmental justice, and international and intergenerational equity, which will be examined. Finally, the seminar will look to the future and pose questions concerning expectations for international cooperation and possible developments in U.S. law and policy. There are no prerequisites. The grade will be based on class participation and papers. NOTE: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper Class Writing Requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.
FALL 2016: LAW JD 796 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Environmental Justice & Civil Rights (S): LAW JD 722
Environmental Justice can be defined as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws and policies. Over the last two decades efforts to secure environmental justice have become important features of environmental policy and activism in the United States and globally. This seminar will explore whether a healthy environment is a basic human right, why environmental justice concerns have arisen, and what legal mechanisms may be used to address them. We will identify current situations where claims of environmental injustice might be made, and examine how existing legal tools, including the 1964 Civil Rights Act, federal environmental statutes, and international treaties might be applied to deal with them. Course requirements include a final paper, a class presentation based on the paper topic, and class participation. Students may also register for the spring 2018 Environmental Law Practicum and gain practical experience working on environmental justice issues at a Boston environmental non-profit organization. There is no prerequisite for this seminar. LIMITED WRITING REQUIREMENT OPTION: A limited number of students may be permitted to satisfy the upper-class writing requirement with the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. OFFERING PATTERN: This class is not offered every year. Students are advised to take this into account when planning their long-term schedule.
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 722 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2018
Environmental Law Practicum (C): LAW JD 766
THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have formally applied to and been accepted to the Environmental Law Practicum. Students receive credit for completing environmental law-related legal projects for a Boston-based environmental law organization, such as the Conservation Law Foundation and Alternatives for Community and Environment. Projects will vary in scope and content based on student interest and the needs of the partnering organization. Project topics include clean energy, clean water, and environmental justice, which concerns the intersection of civil rights, fundamental fairness, and environmental policy. Students may also have the opportunity to work on litigation-related matters. Throughout the semester, students will work both under the supervision of an attorney at the partner organization and under the supervision of Professor Pam Hill. Practicum students must attend six class meetings with Professor Hill. Students receive either 1 or 2 graded credits depending on the nature of the project and the anticipated workload. NOTE: This clinic satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement and counts towards the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.
FALL 2016: LAW JD 766 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
FALL 2016: LAW JD 766 B1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 766 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 766 B1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
FALL 2017: LAW JD 766 A1 , Sep 5th to Dec 7th 2017
FALL 2017: LAW JD 766 B1 , Sep 5th to Dec 7th 2017
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 766 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 25th 2018
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 766 B1 , Jan 16th to Apr 25th 2018