as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of
successful legal actions. Mr. Kennedy was named one of Time magazine's “Heroes for
the Planet” for his success helping Riverkeeper lead the
fight to restore the Hudson River. The group's achievement helped
spawn more than 130 Waterkeeper organizations across the globe.
Mr. Kennedy serves as Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the
Hudson Riverkeeper and President of Waterkeeper Alliance. 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. He has
worked on several political campaigns including the presidential
campaigns of Edward M. Kennedy in 1980, Al Gore in 2000 and John
Kerry in 2004.
He 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 helped
lead the fight to turn back the anti-environmental legislation
during the 104th Congress.
Among Mr. Kennedy's published books are the New York Times’ bestseller Crimes
Against Nature (2004), St. Francis of Assisi: A Life of Joy
(2005), The Riverkeepers (1997), and Judge
Frank M. Johnson, Jr: A Biography (1977). His articles
have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington
Post, 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.
Mr. 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 Masters Degree in Environmental Law.
He is a licensed master falconer, and as often as possible
he pursues a life-long enthusiasm for white-water paddling. He
has organized and led several expeditions in Canada and Latin
America, including first descents on three little known rivers
in Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela.