MEET Webcast Interview with ELI President John Cruden

June 19, 2013

10:30AM – 12:00PM Eastern

Hosted by The Horinko Group’s Water Division

Watch a video recap of this webinar.

John Cruden, President of the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), was the featured presenter of the sixth installment in the Mentoring Environment & Energy Together free webinar series.  Mr. Cruden discussed his diverse career path, which began with many years of military assignments before he became Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.  Mr. Cruden also shared insights about his current role heading up many exciting efforts at ELI.


  • John Cruden, President of the Environmental Law Institute (ELI)
    John C. Cruden is the fourth President of the Environmental Law Institute (ELI). Mr. Cruden joins ELI from the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, a position he had held since 1995. At the Department of Justice, Mr. Cruden supervised all federal civil environmental litigation involving agencies of the United States, and oversaw the Environmental Enforcement Section and Environmental Defense Section. He has personally litigated and led settlement negotiations in numerous environmental cases, many with reported decisions. He has also led Department of Justice delegations to international environmental conferences. Prior to becoming Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Cruden was Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section.Before joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Cruden was the Chief Legislative Counsel of the Army. After graduating from West Point, Mr. Cruden served in airborne, ranger, and Special Forces units in Germany and Vietnam before attending law school. After working for Justice Stanley Mosk, California Supreme Court, he attended the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Graduate Course where he was named outstanding graduate. His subsequent military assignments include: criminal prosecutor in Germany; Chief of Litigation Branch, Europe; General Counsel, Nuclear Defense Counsel; Staff Judge Advocate; and Professor, Judge Advocate General’s School, Charlottesville, VA. His military education includes being a Fellow, Army War College and Honor Graduate, Command and General Staff College.Mr. Cruden is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, University of Santa Clara (summa cum laude, 2006 Alumni Special Achievement Award), and University of Virginia (honors). He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and California, a number of federal courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court.