Honors and Awards
- Public Interest Law Professor of the Year, 2011, Boston College Public Interest Law Foundation
- Recipient of the 2005 David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Land Air Water Association at the 23rd International Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
- Fall 2017: Environmental Law
- Spring 2018: Property, Environmental Law Seminar, Environmental Law Advanced Teaching Seminar
Zygmunt J.B. Plater
Professor of Law
Boston College Law School
885 Centre Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459
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The Snail Darter and the Dam: How Pork-Barrel Politics Endangered a Little Fish and Killed a River (2013)
Even today, thirty years after the legal battles to save the endangered snail darter, the little fish that blocked completion of a TVA dam is still invoked as an icon of leftist extremism and governmental ...
Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law, and Society (1998)
Accompanied by 2003-2004 Teacher's Manual Update, by Plater, Abrams, Goldfarb and Graham. Minneapolis: WestGroup, 2003; 1999-2000 Teacher's Manual Update, by Plater, Abrams, Goldfarb and Graham. St. Paul, MN: WestGroup, 1999; Teacher's Manual, by Plater, Abrams, ...
Environmental Law and Policy: A Coursebook on Nature, Law and Society. Cases, Materials, and Text (1992)
Supplemented by 1994 Supplement to A Casebook on Nature, Law, and Society, by Plater and Abrams. St. Paul, MN: West Publishing Co., 1994.) Accompanied by Supplementary Manual, For Teaching Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law, ...
Works in Progress (2)
A Glimpse Into the Realpolitik of Federal Land Planning, in Comparative Context With the Mysterious NLUPA and the CZMA The George Washington Journal of Energy & Environmental Law (2015)
There is an old adage that “those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” Planning is a fundamentally rational, basal process shared at some level and to some degree by all, establishing and implementing frameworks ...
Human-Centered Environmental Values Versus Nature-Centric Environmental Values: Is This the Question? Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law (2014)
The challenging background context for much of the discussion and cogitation in the panels and pages of this conference is the unfortunate fact that environmental protection law in virtually all its manifestations is currently faring ...
A Jeffersonian Challenge From Tennessee: The Notorious Case Of The Endangered “Snail Darter” Versus Tva’s Tellico Dam—And Where Was The Fourth Estate, The Press? Tennessee Law Review (2013)
From the introduction: For most if not all public interest issues in contemporary governance debates, there are in effect four branches of government, not three. For better or worse, the modern media constitute the essential ...
Classic Lessons from a Little Fish in a Pork Barrel - Featuring the Notorious Story of the Endangered Snail Darter and the TVA's Last Dam Utah Environmental Law Review (2012)
Canaries are small, fragile, sensitive creatures weighing no more than 20 grams, about seven-tenths of an ounce. They have become a familiar and significant metaphor, however, due to the important role they played as vivid ...
Monograph: Classic Lessons from a Little Fish in a Pork Barrel University of Utah Press (2012)
The “snail darter story” has become an iconic episode in modern American history—a classic case regularly voted one of the top three Supreme Court environmental decisions but also enjoying dubious public notoriety as the “Most ...
The Exxon Valdez Resurfaces in the Gulf of Mexico ... and the Hazards of “Megasystem Centripetal Di-Polarity” Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review (2011)
The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon blowout spill in the Gulf of Mexico shocked the nation with the amount of oil and harm it unleashed upon the Gulf and its natural and human ecosystems. As details ...
Learning From Disasters: Twenty-One Years After the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Will Reactions to the Deepwater Horizon Blowout Finally Address the Systemic Flaws Revealed in Alaska? Environmental Law Reporter (2010)
Twenty years ago, after the calamitous Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, the pervasive systemic flaws—that according to the Alaska Oil Spill Commission had made a major calamity not just possible but ...
Law, Media, & Environmental Policy: A Fundamental Linkage in Sustainable Democratic Governance Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review (2006)
The functional linkages between law and media have long been signficant in shaping American democratic governance. Over the past thirty-five years, environmental analysis has similarly become essential to shaping international and domestic governmental policy. Environmentalism—focusing ...