April 15 - 17, 2010 - Springfield, Missouri

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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Environmental business leader and advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will speak at the sixth annual Public Affairs Conference, themed “The New Economy: Promise and Peril.” Kennedy will speak at 10 a.m. April 16 in JQH Arena. Missouri State, Leadership Springfield and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board collaborated to make Kennedy’s appearance at the conference possible.

Kennedy’s reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions. He was named one of TIME magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success in helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. The group’s achievement helped spawn more than 160 Waterkeeper organizations across the globe. In 2009, he was named one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Agents of Change.”

The conference, including the speech, is free and open to the public, but tickets are required to attend Kennedy’s keynote address. Missouri Rotary Convention attendees will be provided tickets to attend this event.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has duly earned the reputation as a resolute defender of the environment as the result of a litany of successful legal actions. He has been named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” and one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Agents of Change.”

Kennedy serves as senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, president of Waterkeeper Alliance, is a partner in the clean tech work of Silicon Valley’s VantagePoint Ventures and is the environmental adviser to Napo Pharmaceuticals. He is also a clinical professor and supervising attorney at Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic and is co-host of Ring of Fire on Air America Radio. Earlier in his career, he served as assistant district attorney in New York City.

Kennedy has worked on environmental issues across the Americas, and has assisted several indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada in successfully negotiating treaties protecting traditional homelands. He is credited with leading the fight to protect New York City’s water supply. The New York City watershed agreement, which he negotiated on behalf of environmentalists and New York City watershed consumers, is regarded as an international model in stakeholder consensus negotiations and sustainable development. He also helped lead the fight to turn back the anti-environmental legislation during the 104th Congress.

Among Kennedy’s published books are the New York Times bestseller Crimes Against Nature, The Riverkeepers, and Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr: A Biography. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Nation, Outside magazine, the Village Voice, and many other publications. His award-winning articles have been included in anthologies of America’s best crime writing, best political writing and best science writing.

Kennedy is a graduate of Harvard University. He studied at the London School of Economics and received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. Following graduation, he attended Pace University School of Law, where he was awarded a master’s degree in environmental law.