The Supreme Court’s Fall Term began on October 1, and the very first case it heard involves a highly contentious battle over the Endangered Species Act. In Weyerhaeuser v. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Court will determine how broad the federal government’s powers are to designate land as “critical habitat” when no endangered or threatened species inhabit it, and whether government agencies should consider the economic effects of making such designations.
But Weyerhaeuser isn’t the only important environmental and land use case on the Supreme Court’s docket this term. Other cases already slated for consideration involve conservation of Alaska’s national parks, the rights of Native American tribes to use certain federal lands, and other important and interesting legal disputes.
Our panel of environmental law experts discussed these and other cases.
Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
Amanda Cohen Leiter
Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
President, Mark C. Rutzick, Inc.
Moderator: Gregory Conko
Deputy Director, George Mason University Law & Economics Center