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Stanford's Law And Business Schools Launch Green Energy Initiative

Publication Date: 
November 30, 2010
The National Law Journal
Karen Sloan

Dean Larry Kramer is quoted in a National Law Journal story following the announcement of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. His comments on the importance of clean energy can be found here:

Stanford University's law and business schools are launching a joint interdisciplinary research center that will focus on the development, policy and financing of clean energy technology.

University officials on Tuesday announced the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, which is being funded with a $7 million donation from Stanford alumni and Fallaron Capital Management managing partner Thomas Steyer and his wife, Kat Taylor, who got her business and law degrees from Stanford.


"Energy may be our most pressing public policy problem today," Stanford Law Dean Larry Kramer said in a written statement. "Our success in addressing it will determine much about the future — both economically and environmentally. And any solutions require working across disciplines and understanding the critical role of both law and finance in making technological innovations workable."

Kramer expects the center to contribute to the "national and global efforts" to develop clean energy.

Stanford isn't the first law school to turn its research attention to clean energy, although Kramer said that no similar law and business collaboration exists at any other law school. Vermont Law School has an Institute for Energy and the Environment, Pace Law School has an Energy and Climate Center, and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law has a Center for Law, Energy and the Environment.