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AU experts available to analyze Supreme Court case, AEP v. Connecticut

WHO:    Daniel Jacobs, director of the Master’s in Sustainability Management Program at American University’s Kogod School of Business, is an award-winning former Justice Department trial attorney, with considerable experience both practicing and teaching environmental law

William J. Snape III, environmental fellow and practitioner in residence at American University’s Washington College of Law and senior counsel to the Center for Biological Diversity which focuses on  global warming and public lands conservation. Snape is also a member of President Obama’s Trade and Environment Committee.

WHAT:    Jacobs and Snape can discuss the case from a layperson and legal perspective both in advance of and following the U.S. Supreme Court hearing on April 19.
WHEN:    April 15 - 20, 2011
WHERE:    In–studio, on location on the Supreme Court steps following the hearing (Jacobs), or at American University

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 15) – On April 19, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut. American University Kogod School of Business professor Daniel Jacobs will attend the oral argument. Jacobs’ experience leading high-profile environmental enforcement cases on behalf of the Justice Department, and leading initiatives to protect American business interests on behalf of the State Department, uniquely qualify him to provide fair and thoughtful analysis of the case. He is available pre and post argument to discuss the case’s pivotal issues and the potential implications from layperson and legal perspectives.  
William J. Snape III possesses a two decades’ long environmental legal career both teaching and in serving various NGOs dedicated to environmental advocacy. Snape has published numerous law journal articles focusing on the environment. In addition to teaching at the Washington College of Law, Snape is serving as a member of President Obama’s Trade and Environment Committee.

Jacobs commented, “This is a historic case in which states have turned to the Court for help in protecting their citizens’ health and their natural resources, in view of lagging federal regulation of carbon emissions from power plants. It will be interesting to see if the Court favors the business interests or states’ rights.”

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