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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak at Wake Forest University School of Law on Friday, Nov. 4

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will speak at Wake Forest University School of Law at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 4.

“He will be doing a general question-and-answer session and will include remarks regarding his talk the night before,” explained Professor Richard Schneider, who helped to arrange Kennedy’s visit to the law school. “Bobby is a lot of fun as a speaker and I encourage everyone to come out and take advantage of this rare opportunity.”

The event, which will be held in Room 1312, is free and open to the Wake Forest community.

Kennedy will present a “Green Gold Rush: A Vision for Energy Independence, Jobs and National Wealth” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in Wait Chapel. The lecture, which is also free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability in partnership with the Yadkin Riverkeeper, for which Schneider is a board member.

Kennedy’s reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions and his organizational work. He was named one of TIME magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success in helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. The group’s achievement helped spawn more than 160 Waterkeeper organizations across the globe. In 2009, he was named one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Agents of Change.”

Kennedy is a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, president of Waterkeeper Alliance, is a partner in the clean tech work of Silicon Valley’s VantagePoint Ventures, and is the environmental advisor to Napo Pharmaceuticals. He is also a clinical professor and supervising attorney at Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic and is co-host of Ring of Fire on Air America Radio. Earlier in his career, he served as assistant district attorney in New York City.

He has worked on environmental issues across the Americas, and has assisted several indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada in successfully negotiating treaties protecting traditional homelands. He is credited with leading the fight to protect New York City’s water supply. The New York City watershed agreement, which he negotiated on behalf of environmentalists and New York City watershed consumers, is regarded as an international model in stakeholder consensus negotiations and sustainable development. He also helped lead the fight to turn back the anti-environmental legislation during the 104th Congress.

Among his published books are the New York Times bestseller Crimes Against Nature (2004); The Riverkeepers (1997); and Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr: A Biography (1977). His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Nation, Outside magazine, the Village Voice, and many other publications. His award-winning articles have been included in anthologies of America’s best crime writing, best political writing and best science writing.

Kennedy is a graduate of Harvard University. He studied at the London School of Economics and received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. Following graduation, he attended Pace University School of Law, where he was awarded a master’s degree in environmental law.