On March 31, Patrick Hanes participated on a panel that discussed the prosecution of international environmental crimes under U.S. laws, including the Lacey Act. The panel, which included a moderator and two to three panelists, was part of an Environmental Crimes Conference hosted by the University of Michigan’s Environmental Law and Policy Program.
The conference brought together professors, prosecutors, defense attorneys, industry leaders, public interest lawyers, community members and students to consider issues raised by the prosecution of environmental crimes. It featured panels on criminal enforcement for disasters like the Gulf Oil Spill, fraudulent activity such as the Volkswagen debacle and misconduct by state and local officials as occurred in the Flint Drinking water crisis.
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