Tuesday, November 3, 2020
John Cruden, who among many other things was a longtime Justice Department leader in the Environment and Natural Resources Division, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Environmental Law on October 20 by the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. At the Justice Department, John first led the Environmental Enforcement Section before being promoted to Deputy Assistant Attorney General and eventually being named Assistant Attorney General under President Obama. In addition to his Justice Department service, John also has served as the president of the D.C. Bar, chief legislative counsel for the Army, president of the Environmental Law Institute, chair of ABA SEER, and president of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. He continues to practice environmental law as a principal at Beveridge & Diamond PC in addition to teaching at The George Washington University and Santa Clara University law schools. Those of us who have worked with John in any of these roles know and appreciate the integrity, diligence, intellect, and wisdom he brings to his work. It is hard to imagine environmental law without John Cruden's contributions. This award is extremely well deserved, especially during these times when those in government service are facing so many challenges.