Jeff Civins in Texas Lawyer: Science-Teacher-Turned-Lawyer Ponders Carbon Capture


Jeff Civins taught science in New York City schools before he graduated from the University of Texas School of Law, where he teaches a seminar on environmental litigation. It's not surprising, then, that the part-time educator and partner in Haynes and Boone, LLP in Austin views the Obama administration's newly unveiled climate change proposals as an occasion for lawyers to teach their clients about alternative fuel options, carbon capturing technologies and energy conservation solutions.

The state distinguishes itself as one big laboratory for such possibilities, he said. Those possibilities abound in Texas, where a confluence of geography, geology, demographics and industrial strength create innumerable options for businesses that want to make money from lowering carbon emissions.

"Texas is remarkable," Civins said.

He listed Texas' advantages in a brave new world of alternative energies and carbon capturing, and he suggested that those advantages offer opportunities for lawyers to consult strategically with their clients.

Excerpted from the Texas Lawyer, June 30, 2014. To view full article, click here.


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