Loyola at a Glance
Book by law professor honored by American Library Association
April 26, 2011
“Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World,” a book by College of Law professor Robert Verchick, J.D., was listed as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2010 by the American Library Association.
Each year, Choice publishes a list of outstanding academic titles that were reviewed during the previous calendar year.
This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community. The list is quite selective and contains approximately 10 percent of some 7,000 works reviewed in Choice each year. Choice editors base their selections on the reviewer's evaluation of the work, the editor's knowledge of the field, and the reviewer's record.
“Facing Catastrophe” was published by Harvard University Press in June. In the book, Verchick argues for a new perspective on disaster law that is based on the principles of environmental protection. His ideas boil down to three simple commands: Go Green, Be Fair and Keep Safe. Verchick argues that government must assume a stronger regulatory role in managing natural infrastructure, distributional fairness and public risk. He proposes changes to the federal statutes governing environmental impact assessments, wetlands development, air emissions and flood control, among others. Making a strong case for more transparent governmental decision-making, Verchick offers a new vision of disaster law for the next generation.
Verchick, an expert in environmental law who holds the Gauthier-St. Martin Eminent Scholar Chair in Environmental Law at Loyola, recently served in the Obama administration as Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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