Handling the environmental aspects of bankruptcy topic of April 5 lecture

Jim Redwine (courtesy Jim Redwine)

The executive who oversaw the environmental aspects of the 2009 General Motors bankruptcy case, a Vanderbilt alumnus, will speak April 5 at Vanderbilt Law School.

James M. Redwine, now senior environmental counsel at RACER Trust, a company working on cleanup and redevelopment of former GM properties, will speak at 4 p.m. April 5 in the Flynn Auditorium at the law school.

The lecture, “Environmental Aspects of the GM Bankruptcy: Can and Should the Results be Replicated?,” is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Redwine led a team that negotiated a $770 million settlement, the largest environmental trust settlement in U.S. history.

“The settlement set the stage for the prompt remediation and redevelopment of former GM sites,” Redwine said. “We hope it might serve as a template for the handling of future large bankruptcy cases involving significant environmental liabilities.”

The event is hosted by the Environmental Law Society, an organization for Vanderbilt students interested in learning more about environmental law and possible environmental legal careers.