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Legal High Fliers Flock To Challenge and Defend EPA Climate Regs

Publication Date: 
November 15, 2010
The New York Times - Energy & Environment
Lawrence Hurley

Professor and former dean Kathleen Sullivan is mentioned in the New York Times as a "high flier" in the legal profession for her work defending a portion of the Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas regulations. Lawrence Hurley wrote the following story:

The list is a who's who of the Washington legal community.

A former U.S. solicitor general, the former dean of Stanford Law School and lawyers who have held senior positions in various administrations all find themselves in the same legal arena: fighting -- and defending -- U.S. EPA's greenhouse gas regulations.

Dozens of industry groups have hired top-notch legal talent in their efforts to challenge four major EPA rules aimed at regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

Pitted against them are teams of government lawyers and attorneys representing environmental groups.


Another is Kathleen Sullivan of the Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan law firm, who served as dean of Stanford Law School and was at one point thought to be under consideration by the Obama administration to replace Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court.

Clement represents industry groups challenging the regulations, while Sullivan represents the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which supports one of the four regulations, the tailpipe rule, which sets a national standard for car emissions.