Students studying Environmental Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law with Professor of Law Robert Percival are required to produce short films focusing on environmental issues, in order to increase awareness of both the difficulty and importance of communicating what often can be complex legal and policy issues to a broader public audience. Producing the films is only part of Professor Percival's course curriculum, he has established a film festival showcasing the students films. The students' films are screened by an independent panel of judges and at the festival, they receive awards, called "Golden Tree" Awards, in ten categories (Most Educational, Best Acting, Best Interviews, Best Use of Humor, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Animation/Special Effects, Best Music, Best Picture, and a Special Judges Award).
A total of 84 of the student films that have been made between 2003 to 2016 are now available online at: http://digitalcommons.law.
Robert V. Percival is the Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and the Director of the Environmental Law Program at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. He received a B.A. summa cum laude from Macalester College and a J.D./M.A. from Stanford University. Percival served as the managing editor of the Stanford Law Review and he was named the Nathan Abbott Scholar for graduating first in his law school class. Following graduation, he served as a law clerk for Judge Shirley M. Hufstedler of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White. Percival joined the Maryland faculty in 1987 after serving as a senior attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund. He has been a visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School, the Georgetown University Law Center, the China University of Political Science and Law, and Comenius University. Percival is the principal author of the most widely used environmental law casebook, now in its seventh edition. In 2014 he received the Senior Distinguished Education Award from the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of global environmental law.
Introduction and moderation of the presentation by Daniel Guttman, Clinical Professor of Environmental Studies and Law.
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