2006 Archive

New Disaster Law Class Addresses Gaps in Legal System

Daniel Farber, Sho Sato Professor of Law, is teaching a new course during the spring semester, “Disasters and the Law: The Legal Implications of Hurricane Katrina.” Farber, an internationally recognized expert in environmental law and constitutional law, is faculty director of the California Center for Environmental Law & Policy (CCELP) at Boalt. In the wake of Katrina, Farber has led discussions among legal scholars and policymakers concerning shortcomings in the U.S. legal system to prevent and respond to large-scale disasters on the scale of Katrina. His course will enable students to play a real role in thinking through these issues and lay the groundwork for a report surveying post-Katrina legal issues. Participating students will take part in Boalt’s Center for Social Justice and CCELP’s one-day conference on Katrina issues, Après Le Déluge on January 19, as well as a session on environmental justice issues and Katrina to be held later in the spring. The Boalt library has developed a website of legal sources relating to Katrina. 1/17/2006