The Environmental Law Institute Board of Directors recently announced that they have selected John Cruden as President, one of the most respected environmental lawyers in the country. Until his selection by the ELI, John was Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division.
An effective advocate, legal scholar and consensus-builder, John Cruden is the perfect choice to lead the EIL.
In the ELI press release announcing his appointment, Cruden is quoted as saying:
“The nation and the world are at an important crossroads,” said Cruden. “For 40 years, the U.S. has been among the world leaders in developing a legal framework to control pollution and manage our natural resources. Republican and Democratic presidents passed historic laws with broad bi-partisan support from Congress that benefit our nation, our people and our economy. That legacy—the essential framework of an efficient system of governance and level playing field grounded in the rule of law, sound science and public participation—is in jeopardy.
While it is a lot easier to develop consensus when you are holding the stick as the enforcer, John is certain to be an effective leader and consensus builder at the ELI. Congratulations to the ELI for the wisdom to select John and best wishes to John as he moves on to the next phase in his distinguished career.