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Kay Slaughter

Discipline: Environmental Science

Katherine “Kay” Slaughter brings a legal perspective as well as experience as a public official to the teaching of environmental issues. Until her retirement in 2010 she was senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), a regional environmental legal advocacy organization, headquartered in Charlottesville, Va. At SELC Kay worked on a variety of environmental cases and public policy and advocated before the Virginia General Assembly. In the 1990s, Ms. Slaughter served as a member of the Charlottesville City Council and as Charlottesville Mayor, and was appointed by President Clinton to the EPA’s Advisory Committee on Local Government from 1997-2001. Since 2003, she has taught a class: “Law, Land and Environment” at the University of Virginia, School of Architecture, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning. Her article, “Will Uranium Get a Glowing Welcome in Virginia?” about the legal issues and health impacts of uranium production was published in the Virginia Environmental Law Journal in 2010. Over the past decade, she has written a number of personal essays for local publications and for the local NPR station and has spoken on environmental issues. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia School of Law.