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Federal Environmental Legislation

(222 Ratings)

Produced on: November 02, 2015

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 62 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Professor Sheldon L Trubatch, Esq. applies his experience practicing and teaching about energy and environmental legal issues to introduce nine major federal statutes for regulating environmental impacts. Topics covered include clean air, clean water, superfund, endangered species, environmental justice, resource conservation, safe drinking water, and toxic substances.


This overview provides a comprehensive basis for starting detailed research into most legal environmental issues.


Learning Objectives:

I.    Gain awareness of the scope of federal environmental legislation

II.   Obtain a foundation for the further development of expertise for dealing with specific legal environmental concerns

III.  Grasp the importance of federalism in federal environmental statutes that divide legal responsibility between the federal and state agencies


Sheldon Trubatch

The Regulatory Strategy Group, LLC

Sheldon Trubatch has practiced law for over thirty-five years since graduating from Columbia University School of Law. He has had a broad range of practice experiences including large law firms (partner Winston & Strawn, of counsel Sidley & Austin), corporate (Commonwealth Edison, Bechtel SAIC), government (acting solicitor, Nuclear Regulatory Commission), and dotcom start-ups (general counsel AnswerChase). 

Sheldon has successfully argued several administrative law and environmental cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals, resolved complex federal organizational conflicts of interest matters, and negotiated multi-million dollar contracts. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he obtained a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Brandeis University and was a tenured member of the faculty at the California State University, Long Beach.

Currently, he is a faculty member at the Outreach College of the University of Arizona, where he teaches courses on energy law and art crime, and is an adjunct professor in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, where he teaches administrative law and energy law.


Thomas C.

Well done survey of a huge area of the law for neophytes

Brian O.

Nice introductory survey of several statutes.

Patricia L.

Sheldon Trubatch is a superstar! What a great lecturer - I want more lectures from him

Pamela W.

Great overview.

Clarence S.

Excellent survey course.

Carol C.

excellent overview of technical subject for the allotted time

Bruce B.

Good course

Patrick P.

A very high level introduction to major statutes.

Laura M.

I found great value in the coverage regarding surrounding real-world circumstances leading to the federal legislation, as well as in the case-based coverage of how the laws operate in practice. Thanks for a well-planned and interesting talk!

John P.

Great course

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