Jonathan Lash, president of Hampshire College, will present the University of Maine School of Law’s 19th Annual Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 20. Lash’s lecture, “Community, Rights and Climate: A Challenge for a Clever Species,” will take place in USM’s Hannaford Lecture Hall located in the Abromson Community Education Center at 88 Bedford Street, Portland. The annual Coffin lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the USM parking garage on Bedford St. To attend, RSVP to Lexie Moras or call 207-780-4344.
Before his appointment as president of Hampshire College in July of 2011, Lash served as president of the World Resources Institute for the last two decades. As president of WRI, Lash was able to secure the environmental think tank’s position as an international leader on issues ranging from sustainable transportation to protecting ecosystems.
Appointed by President Bill Clinton, Lash served as co-chair of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development from 1993 to 1999. He played a key role in the creation and success of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, which in 2007 issued the highly influential “Call to Action” on global warming.
In 2005, Rolling Stone included Lash in their list of top environmental leaders. He is also considered an expert on global warming.
Lash has dedicated his career to social justice and environmental sustainability, ideals that fall in line with the core values at Hampshire College, founded in 1970. The lecture series honors Judge Frank M. Coffin, a distinguished member of the United States Judiciary and friend of the University of Maine School of Law.