Prof. Villa speaks about Flint drinking water issues at Harvard Law School

April 14, 2016 - Tamara Williams

Professor Cliff Villa
Professor Carol Suzuki

On April 13, 2016, Professor Cliff Villa gave a presentation at Harvard Law School on the factual circumstances and potential legal remedies for addressing the health consequences of lead contamination in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan.

The invitation to speak at Harvard Law School followed similar presentations by Villa to a number of different audiences in different locations over the past two months.

The journey began with the first presentation on Flint drinking water at UNM School of Law on February 3, 2016. From there, Villa gave presentations including at UNLV Boyd School of Law, Seattle University School of Law, EPA Region 10 in Seattle, middle schools, high schools, and a college engineering class.

Through all these presentations, Villa has attempted to explain the Flint tragedy as a consequence of human failure, with the prevention of similar tragedies depending ultimately on individuals acting with a sense of personal responsibility.