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Marc McGinnes

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J. Marc McGinnes (born September 27, 1941) is an environmental leader, lawyer, and educator.[1] He became a public interest environmental lawyer and led the founding of the Community Environmental Council (1970) and the Environmental Defense Center (1977).


McGinnes received his BA in History from Stanford University in 1963. He attend the UC Berkeley School of Law and received his law degree in 1966. In 1967, McGinnes received his post-JD degree from Nancy-Université France.[1]

Teaching career[edit]

In 1971, McGinnes joined the faculty of the Environmental Studies Program of the University of California, Santa Barbara, one of the first undergraduate programs of its kind in the United States. In 1983, he began full-time there, developing courses for both the Environmental Studies and Law and Society programs. He also served in various campus advisory and administrative positions.[2] Since 2005, he has served in an emeritus capacity.[3] In 2016, McGinnes donated his research papers, teaching and practice papers and materials to the UCSB Library. In 2017 he developed and convened a seminar titled Hope That Works.[4]

Environmental Rights Work[edit]

After the 1969 Santa Barbara oil blowout and subsequent oil spill, Rep. Pete McCloskey urged McGinnes, then practicing law in San Francisco, to go to Santa Barbara to assist in that community’s response.[5] McGinnes served as chair of the national Environmental Rights Day conference in Santa Barbara following the oil spill.[6][7][8]

In 1970, McGinnes was the founding president of the Community Environmental Council, one of the nation’s first ecology center/think tanks.[9] In 1977 he was the founding chief counsel of the Environmental Defense Center, one of the nation’s first regional public-interest environmental law firms.[10]


  • In Love with Earth: Testimonies and Heartsongs of an Environmental Elder (Mercury Press International, 2018).[11][12]
  • Principles of Environmental Law (Rainbow Bridge, 1980).[13]
  • Rise Up! A Stilter’s Adventures in Higher Consciousness (Mercury Press International, 2017).[14][15]


  1. ^ a b "J. Marc McGinnes". The Regents of the University of California. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "THANK YOU, Marc McGinnes, for 33 years of dedicated service to the Environmental Studies Program at UCSB!". The Regents of the University of California. May 2005. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  3. ^ "Awards & Scholarships". The Regents of the University of California. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "Guide to Marc McGinnes papers UArch FacP 59". The Regents of the University of California. 2017. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  5. ^ Fenton, Jessica (April 9, 2015). "All Creatures Great and Small/". UCSB The Current. The Regents of the University of California. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  6. ^ "Santa Barbara's Role in the Birth of the Modern Environmental Movement". Environmental Studies at UCSB. January 2005. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  7. ^ Wheeling, Kate; Ufberg, Max (April 18, 2017). "'The Ocean Is Boiling': The Complete Oral History of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill". Pacific Standard. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  8. ^ "The spill that energised US 'green' movement". Al Jazeera English. June 6, 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "CEC Staff, Board & Partnership Council: Marc McGinnes". Community Environmental Council. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  10. ^ McGinnes, Marc (26 January 2017). "The Birth of the Environmental Defense Center". Environmental Defense Center. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  11. ^ McGinnes, Marc (April 22, 2019). Book Excerpt: 'In Love with Earth'. Santa Barbara Independent, Inc. ISBN 978-0999034217. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)
  12. ^ McGinnes, Marc (December 7, 2018). 'In Love with Earth: Testimonies and Heartsongs of an Environmental Elder'. Mercury Press International. ISBN 978-0999034217.
  13. ^ "Env S 124: Environmental Dispute Resolution". The Regents of the University of California. 2004. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  14. ^ Donelan, Charles (June 20, 2017). "Marc McGinnes 'Rise Up' - Still Crazy After All These Years". Santa Barbara Independent. Santa Barbara Independent, Inc. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  15. ^ McGinnes, Marc (May 21, 2017). 'Rise Up: A Stilter's Adventures in Higher Consciousness'. Mercury Press International. ISBN 978-0999034200.