On Sept. 24 at UC Hastings College of the Law, William K. Reilly will offer a lecture in environmental law titled, “Climate Smart Food Security: Can They Be Reconciled?”
The Gordon Mathis Riley Environmental Law memorial lecture series enables UC Hastings to bring legal luminaries to campus to present lectures on current topics in environmental law. The event on Sept. 24, 2014, will take place in Mary Kay Kane Hall at UC Hastings in the Alumni Reception Center at 200 McAllister Street. The event is free and open to the public.
William K. Reilly is a Senior Advisor to TPG Capital, LP, an international investment partnership. During his tenure with TPG, he was the Founding Partner of Aqua International Partners (1998‐2010), a private equity fund dedicated to investing in companies in the water sector. Reilly served as the first Payne Visiting Professor at Stanford University (1993‐1994), Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1989‐1993), president of World Wildlife Fund (1985‐1989), president of The Conservation Foundation (1973‐1989), director of the Rockefeller Task Force on Land Use and Urban Growth (1972‐1973), and a senior staff member of the President's Council on Environmental Quality (1970‐1972). He headed the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio in 1992, and served as one of the seven original Trustees appointed by President Clinton to manage the Presidio National Park in San Francisco. In May 2010, he was appointed by President Obama to co‐chair the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling and in late 2012 to the President’s Global Development Council.
Reilly is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of World Wildlife Fund, Chairman Emeritus of the Board of the ClimateWorks Foundation, Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, Co‐Chairman of the Bipartisan Policy Center Energy Project, Co‐Chairman of the Board of the Global Water Challenge, and a Director of the Packard Foundation. He recently rotated off the boards of directors of ConocoPhillips, DuPont, and the National Geographic Society, and he currently serves on the boards of Royal Caribbean International and Energy Future Holdings, for which he serves as Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Advisory Board. In 2007 Reilly was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served in the U.S. Army to the rank of Captain, and holds a B.A. from Yale, a J.D. from Harvard, and an M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University.
The Gordon Mathis Riley Memorial Lecture is funded by a generous gift to UC Hastings from the family of Gordon Mathis Riley, a first‐year law student at UC Hastings who died suddenly on December 14, 2012, at the age of 30. Riley, of Park City, Utah, was a graduate of UC Santa Barbara, where he studied philosophy. He previously attended the Peak and Island Schools in Hong Kong, Scotch College in Australia, The Hong Kong International School and Park City High School. Riley loved the study of law, philosophy, big‐wave surfing, skiing, yoga, and writing. He had a passion for preserving the world’s coastal and mountain environments. His favorite times were on the waves in Hong Kong, Australia, Indonesia and California, and he adored the mountains of Utah. He is lovingly remembered by his parents, Robert and Shardel, his sister, Meredith, and his brother, Mitchell, his many friends throughout the world and within our Hastings community, and his grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Gordon’s family established this lecture series “… as a fitting tribute to the life and interests of our son and brother, Gordon Mathis Riley, and as a legacy for his classmates at UC Hastings. His passion for the environment, his dedication to yoga and to spiritual thinking, and his abiding interest in outdoor activities resonate strongly with the intention of this lecture series.”