Ron Meador: Lawyers Should Report Environmental Abuse


If a lawyer can break client confidentiality to disclose child abuse, alert police to an impending assault, or blow the whistle on financial fraud — well, why not to report crimes against the environment?

That excellent and, I think, eminently reasonable question is discussed at length in the Boston College Law Review by Tom Lininger, a professor at the University of Oregon’s law school.

A former federal prosecutor of polluters who mishandled hazardous waste, Lininger’s scholarship focused on domestic violence and sexual assault before turning to the intersection of ethics and environment in American bar associations’ codes.

 “Green Ethics for Lawyers” can be read here.