Brenda Mallory, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, will discuss leading-edge issues in environmental policy April 8 at an event co-sponsored by the University of Virginia School of Law.

She will speak for this year’s annual Lillian K. Stone Distinguished Lecture in Environmental Policy at 4 p.m. in the Law School’s Caplin Pavilion. Professor Emeritus Jonathan Z. Cannon will serve as moderator.

As chair since 2021, Mallory advises the president on environmental and natural resources policies that improve, preserve, and protect public health and the environment. She is the first African American to serve in the role. Mallory formerly worked as director of regulatory policy at the Southern Environmental Law Center and served as general counsel of the White House Council on Environmental Quality in the Obama administration. Before that, she served as the principal deputy general counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The lecture, made possible through a gift from University of Virginia alumni Thatcher Stone ’82 (College ’78) and Frank Kittredge (Architecture ’78), is hosted jointly by the Schools of Architecture and Law. The lectureship is intended to create an opportunity for students to learn about environmental policy and the National Environmental Policy Act.

The lecture is named in honor of Stone’s mother, Lillian K. Stone, who was chief of environmental project review at the U.S. Department of the Interior for 25 years.

The event is open to the public, with parking available in the D2 lots adjacent to the Law School. The talk will be followed by a reception.

Founded in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the nation. Consistently ranked among the top law schools, Virginia is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service.

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