Douglas A. Kysar, deputy dean and Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law at Yale Law School, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at Mercer Law School’s 2012 Law Day luncheon on March 16. His presentation is entitled “Limited Government in an Era of Unlimited Harm: A Case Study of Climate Change Litigation."
Kysar received his B.A. summa cum laude from Indiana University in 1995 and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1998. After a federal judicial clerkship and two years at Foley Hoag and Eliot in Boston, he began his law teaching career at Cornell Law School in 2001. He joined the Yale Law School faculty in 2008. His teaching and research areas include torts, environmental law, and risk regulation. He has published articles on a wide array of environmental law and tort law topics, and is co-author of a leading casebook on torts. His recent book, Regulating from Nowhere: Environmental Law and the Search for Objectivity (Yale University Press 2010), seeks to reinvigorate environmental law and policy by offering novel theoretical insights on cost-benefit analysis, the precautionary principle, and sustainable development.
The 2012 Law Day Luncheon starts at 12:30 p.m. and will be held in the University Center on Mercer University’s main campus. The luncheon is $20 for alumni that register before March 9 and $30 at the door. Registration is available online or by contacting Leslie Cadle at email@example.com or (478) 301-2180. During the event, Mercer Law School will recognize two alumni for their outstanding contributions to the legal profession: Judge John T. Laney, LAW ’66 and CLA ’64, Outstanding Alumnus Award, and Dwight J. Davis LAW ’82, Alumni Meritorious Service Award.
“In only ten years as a law professor, Doug Kysar has established himself as one of the nation’s premier scholars in the areas of environmental law and torts. His writing consistently offers not only analytical rigor but also new and creative ideas,” Mercer Law Dean and Macon Chair in Law Gary Simson said. “Having been his colleague during his first few years of teaching, I can also attest to his talents as a teacher and speaker. From the start, students fought to get into his classes and, after only a year or two, they elected him to be the faculty speaker at graduation. I very much look forward to hearing his thoughts on Law Day about climate change litigation. I am sure it will be a stimulating and memorable address.”
Established in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Law Day is designed to strengthen the public’s understanding of the American justice system. Though the national observance of Law Day is generally May 1, many law schools, including Mercer Law School, publicly recognize it earlier in the spring semester due to the heavy academic demands in May. The Law Day theme this year is “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom.”