Jonathan Lash will present the 19th Annual Frank M. Coffin Lecture
on October 20, 2011

The 19th Annual Frank M. Coffin lecture on Law and Public Service will be on Thursday, October 20, 2011, at 7:00 pm at the Abromson Community Education Center (88 Bedford Street, in Portland). Jonathan Lash, President of Hampshire College, will discuss “Community, Rights, and Climate: A Challenge for a Clever Species.” This lecture series sponsored by the University of Maine School of Law honors the late Judge Frank M. Coffin, longtime federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, former member of Congress, and renowned leader and mentor in public service. Jonathan Lash is a global expert on climate change, energy security, and environment and development policies. He was President of the World Resources Institute (WRI) for two decades and was appointed earlier this year as President of Hampshire College.

Under Lash’s leadership, WRI developed innovative approaches to measuring and reducing greenhouse emissions, demonstrated the financial importance of environmental risks and opportunities to capital markets, and pioneered the use of digital technologies to solve environmental problems.

Appointed by President Bill Clinton, Lash served as co-chair of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development from 1993 to 1999. He played a key role in the creation and success of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership which in 2007 issued the highly influential “Call to Action” on global warming.

Lash previously held posts as Director of Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center and as Vermont Secretary of Natural Resources and Commissioner of Environmental Conservation. He served in the Peace Corps, at the Natural Resources Defense Council, as a federal prosecutor, and as law clerk to U.S. Circuit Court Judge Frank M. Coffin. Lash is a graduate of Harvard College and earned his masters and law degrees from the Catholic University of America.

For additional information on this event please contact Lexie Moras in the Dean’s Office at 207-780-4344 or

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