Richard B. Risk CLE Practicum Series featuring Jan Schlichtmann

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In 1973, Jan Schlichtmann graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and in 1977 earned his law degree from Cornell. In 1978,  Schlichtmann began private practice in Massachusetts as a trial lawyer earning recognition for his innovative work in civil justice, science and the environment.

He is renowned for his pioneering work in the Woburn water contamination case that, for the first time, brought together leading experts in science, medicine and engineering and used a novel multi-disciplinary approach to unravel the complex interaction between industrial activities and the public health.

Schlichtmann’s groundbreaking work has been the subject of a number of legal and scientific journals and books, press reports, magazine articles, national and international television and radio shows including 60 Minutes and Nova. The Woburn odyssey was chronicled in the national bestseller, A Civil Action that became a major motion picture starring John Travolta as Schlichtmann.

Attorney Schlichtmann has lectured at many of the nation's law schools and colleges and spoken before numerous national and regional professional and civic groups. He has participated in an array of public forums on issues of law, public policy and the environment.

In addition, Schlichtmann has consulted with and testified before several governmental agencies and legislative committees on issues regarding the environment, science and civil justice.

Responding to the challenge of our time, Jan Schlichtmann has devoted himself to working with others to develop and support innovative thinking in the law and transformative technology that takes its inspiration from nature. He believes that collaboration between law and science offers humankind its best hope for a safer, healthier and better future.

This lecture has been approved for 1 CLE credit, which TU Law will provide at no charge.

Wednesday, April 4 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Lorton Performance Center, Gussman Hall
550 South Gary Place, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104-9700

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Lecture/Speaker, Featured


General Public, Faculty, Staff, Students, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Law Students, Alumni, Law Alumni


College of Law




Free and Open to the Public

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