Merhige Center News

Jan. 15, 2014: Merhige Center Issues New Report on Toxic Chemicals in the Virginia Environment

Professor Noah Sachs and third-year student Ryan Murphy prepared the first comprehensive report on the sources of toxic releases in Virginia and recommends that the Commonwealth take the lead on a number of fronts to protect Virginians. The report is titled, "A Strategy to Protect Virginians From Toxic Chemicals." [View the report]

Jan. 18, 2013: International Environmental Law Class Issues New Report on Climate Change Equity

Professor Noah Sachs' international environmental law students prepared a major new report on equity and fairness issues in the new climate change treaty that is to be negotiated by 2015. The report, prepared for the DC-based World Resources Institute, is titled "Toward a Global Climate Treaty: Selected Equity Issues." [View the report]

Professor Noah Sachs' latest article, Can We Regulate Our Way to Energy Efficiency? Product Standards as Climate Policy, was published by Vanderbilt Law Review in November 2012.

The article explores efficiency performance standards for products such as lighting, refrigeration, and heating equipment and argues that these standards can help address climate change by reducing energy consumption. The article was part of a major symposium held at Vanderbilt to explore the role in energy supply and energy demand in climate change.  [View the article]

Professor Noah Sachs Publishes Op-Ed on Independence of Federal Agencies

On November 26, 2012, Professor Noah Sachs published an op-ed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch opposing a new bill that would curtail the independence of some federal agencies.  [View the article]

Professor Joel Eisen's article "Residential Renewable Energy: By Whom?" honored by Vanderbilt Law School

Environmental Law Professor Joel Eisen's article "Residential Renewable Energy: By Whom?" was presented at a Vanderbilt Law School conference in February, and has been honored by the Environmental Law Institute and Vanderbilt Law as one of the top four environmental law articles of 2011. More information

University of Richmond Law Students learn about Environmental Justice Issues

On Jan. 25, 2012, over 40 University of Richmond professors, undergraduate students, and law students attended a presentation given by Dr. Andrea Simpson, a professor of political science at the University of Richmond and the chair of the school's Political Science Department.  The event was entitled "Race, Class, and Power in Environmental Justice," and was co-sponsored by the Merhige Center for Environmental Studies and the Black Law Students Association at the University of Richmond School of Law. Dr. Simpson gave a lively lecture about the roots of environmental justice, current projects that are underway, and the challenges that face the environmental justice movement in the future. 

University of Richmond Moot Courtroom Dedicated by Justice Stephen Breyer in honor of Judge Robert R. Merhige Jr.

On Oct. 6, 2011, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer visited the University of Richmond School of Law to speak at the dedication ceremony for the school's Robert R. Merhige Jr. Moot Courtoom. The event honored the late Judge Merhige, an alumnus of the University of Richmond and a federal judge for more than 31 years. Justice Breyer spoke highly of the late judge's many accomplishments and of the propriety of a such an honor being bestowed upon him. Read more about the dedication.