(Posted April 3, 2017)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, professor of law at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, will speak at Juniata College on “Citizens, Town Councils and Landowners: The Complex Web of Rights and Decision-making in Shale Oil and Gas Development” at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science.

            The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by the Will Judy Endowment.

            Before joining the faculty at the college, Robertson practiced environmental law at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Her current research interests focus on urban environmental issues and rights of access to land.

She joined the Cleveland-Marshall faculty in 1995 as an assistant professor. She was promoted to associate professor in 2001 and was named full professor in 2009. She also served as associate dean for academic enrichment from 2009 to 2014.

            She has been researching and speaking about issues concerning the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Coast oil spill and the regulation of oil and gas production in Ohio.

            She earned a bachelor’s degree in 1985 from Tufts University and went on to earn a law degree in 1990 from the University of Wisconsin. She went on to earn a master of laws degree in 1995 and a doctor of science of law degree in 2001, both from Columbia University.

            She teaches a wide variety of courses, including classes in property, Legislation and the Regulatory State, environmental law and regulation, and international environmental law.

            Robertson received the Wilson G. Stapleton Award for Faculty Excellence and the McNair Scholars Mentor of the Year Award in 2013. She was named a Fulbright Senior Specialist at Uppsala University in Sweden in 2009.

            She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the International Academic Association for Planning, Law and Property Rights.

            The Will Judy Lectureship was established by Captain Will Judy, an attorney, soldier, author and publisher who graduated from Juniata in 1911. Most of his work involved publications about dogs, including the writing of eight books, editing a dog encyclopedia, and serving as the publisher of Dog World magazine. Will Judy established the lectureship series in 1960 in order to supplement and enrich the academic program at the college.

Contact Gabe Welsch at welschg@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.