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  Kennedy, Jr., Robert F.
NameRobert F. Kennedy, Jr.
, New York , United States
Born January 17, 1954 (67 years)
Last ModifedAJ
Mar 20, 2009 06:55pm
Tags Divorced - Married -
InfoROBERT F. KENNEDY, JR.'s reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions: prosecuting governments and companies for polluting the Hudson River and Long Island Sound; winning settlements for the Hudson Riverkeeper; arguing cases to expand citizen access to the shoreline, and suing sewage treatment plants to force compliance with the Clean Water Act. "He's a pioneering environmental attorney who has established whole new standards for governmental and industrial compliance with environmental laws,"said former Hudson Riverkeeper John Cronin.

Mr. Kennedy serves as Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and President of the Waterkeeper Alliance. He is also a Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace University School of Law in New York. Earlier in his career he served as Assistant District Attorney in New York City. He has worked on several political campaigns and was state coordinator for Edward M. Kennedy's 1980 Presidential Campaign. 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 Riverkeepers (1997), New York State Apprentice Falconer's Manual, (1987), and Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr: A Biography (1977).

His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Pace Environmental Law Review, and other publications.

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 to Latin America, including first descents on three little known rivers in Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela.

He is third of eleven children born to Ethel Skakel Kennedy and the late Robert F. Kennedy.



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Feb 08, 2019 03:45pm Commentary Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Spouts His Insane Anti-Vaxxer Conspiracy Theory in Measles Hot Zone  Article IndyGeorgia 
Sep 09, 2013 05:00pm News RFK Jr Calls Sharpton a 'Buffoon,' Says Jesse Jackson Addicted to 'Publicity'  Article Scott³ 
Sep 08, 2013 05:00pm News RFK’s sex diary: His secret journal of affairs  Article Scott³ 
May 16, 2012 04:00pm Obituary Mary Kennedy, second wife of Robert Kennedy Jr., found dead in Mt. Kisco home: report   Article COSDem 
May 01, 2008 08:00pm Opinion The Next President’s First Task [A Manifesto]  Article RP 
Aug 29, 2005 10:00am Blog Entry “For They That Sow the Wind Shall Reap the Whirlwind”  Article Rob Brodner 

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Father Robert Francis Kennedy 1925-1968
Grandfather Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. 1888-1969
Uncle John Fitzgerald Kennedy 1917-1963
1st Cousin Caroline Kennedy 1957-
1st Cousin John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. 1960-1999
Aunt Eunice Mary Kennedy Shriver 1921-2009
1st Cousin Bobby Shriver 1954-
1st Cousin Maria Shriver 1955-
1st Cousin Mark K. Shriver 1964-
1st Cousin Anthony Kennedy Shriver 1965-
Aunt Patricia Kennedy Lawford 1924-2006
Aunt Jean Kennedy Smith 1928-2020
Uncle Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy 1932-2009
1st Cousin Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy, Jr. 1961-
1st Cousin Patrick J. Kennedy 1967-
Grandmother Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy 1890-1995
Great-Grandfather John F. Fitzgerald 1863-1950
Sister Kathleen Kennedy Townsend 1951-
Brother Joseph P. Kennedy II 1952-
Nephew Joseph P. Kennedy, III 1980-
Sister Kerry Kennedy 1959-
Brother Chris Kennedy 1963-
Brother Max Kennedy 1965-
Mother Ethel Skakel Kennedy 1928-

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