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August 6, 2020

An ELI & Environmental Protection Agency Co-Sponsored Public Webinar

Are you interested in becoming an environmental lawyer for the American public? A panel of Environmental Protection Agency career attorneys shared what it is like to work at the EPA as well as how to pursue a Federal attorney job.

These leading panelists represented a broad cross-section of Federal legal careers, including attorneys of diverse backgrounds. Their practices cover counseling, litigation, and enforcement, as well as both environmental and general Federal agency law.

This webinar welcomed all, with a special emphasis towards students interested in working for the EPA or another Federal agency and attorneys interested in a lateral move.Our panelists explored these careers and potential opportunities.

Ryland Li
, Attorney-Advisor, Office of General Counsel, Air and Radiation Law Office, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Moderator
Merrick Cosey, Attorney-Advisor, Office of General Counsel, General Law Office, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Kellie Ortega, Attorney-Advisor, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Air Enforcement Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Aditi Prabhu, Acting Assistant General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Cross-Cutting Issues Law Office, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Amanda Urban, Attorney-Advisor, Office of Regional Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5

There are no panelist materials for this event.

ELI members will have subsequent access to any materials/a recording of this session (usually posted w/in 48 hours). If you are not an ELI member but would like to have access to archived sessions like this one, go HERE to see the many benefits of membership and how to join.

August 18, 2020

This webinar focused on why it is important to consider the projected levels of flooding in coastal Mississippi when planning infrastructure, including transportation infrastructure. The material presented covered the current levels of flooding in coastal Mississippi, how those levels are increasing, why it is useful to incorporate the projected levels of flooding into planning as a matter of policy, and a preview about the tools that can be used (tools will be covered in detail in the subsequent presentation). This webinar also explained the role and certain duties of local governments in maintaining infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, making infrastructure more resilient, and provide examples. As many bridges and other infrastructure are being replaced in coastal Mississippi, now is the time to act and make sure that projected levels of flooding are being considered.


1:30 – 1:35            Introduction

                                Amy Reed and Sofia O’Connor, Environmental Law Institute


1:35 – 1:55            Incorporation of Projected Levels of Flooding into Planning

                                Renee Collini, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and
                               Mississippi State University


1:55 – 2:10             Role of Local Governments in Maintaining Infrastructure

                                Shana Jones, Carl Vinson Institute of Government
                                University of Georgia


2:10 – 2:30            Q&A


August 25, 2020

Environmental Law Institute, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Germany, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI)

Co-sponsored by the FAO and RRI for the online version of the Stockholm International Water Institute's (SIWI's) World Water Week

Secure and equitable frameworks governing water tenure—relationships between individuals, communities, governments, and private entities at all levels with respect to water—are a fundamental component of sustainable and climate-resilient water management. Particularly for vulnerable populations and women, legally secure water tenure rights are essential to improving livelihoods, food security, and gender equality, and are important determinants of climate resilience.

Building on RRI/ELI’s recent, 15-country analysis of Indigenous, Afro-descendant, and local communities’ legally recognized freshwater tenure rights, the webinar will also feature FAO’s preliminary Water Tenure and Water Accounting assessment results and highlight perspectives from pilot countries (Senegal, Sri Lanka, and Rwanda) to facilitate interactive discussion on mainstreaming water tenure as a pillar of climate-resilient water governance in national policy debates. Participants in this World Water Week At Home event contributed to an ongoing international process articulating the good governance of water tenure and relationships with land, forests and fisheries tenure; strengthening communities’, smallholders’, and women’s water tenure rights; and increasing climate resilience. Learn more.


August 26, 2020

Presented by Women In Government Relations and co-sponsored by ELI

Please join us for our annual professional development power lunch, where we discuss everything from how you know when it’s the right time to make a transition to the next level, what are the best ways to network, how to find the right fit job for you in the government relations field, and much more. We’ll hear form an experienced panel from different facets of government relations, and leave lots of time for questions and an open discussion.

Speakers: [for full bios, please visit the event site]
Brittany Seabury (Moderator)

Charlyn Stanberry, Chief of Staff for Representative Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09)
Brittany Bolen, Associate Administrator of the Office of Policy and Senior Counsel to the Administrator of the U.S. EPA
Patrice Stanley, political and policy expert with a wealth of knowledge about the inner workings of Washington, D.C., and an unparalleled network of relationships

August 27, 2020

An ELI ELI Professional Development Webinar

In the third Environmental Law Institute Emerging Leaders Initiative (ELI ELI) Professional Development Webinar, ELI Board Member and Leadership Council Member Mason Emnett explored the electricity market design for a decarbonized grid.

As states adopt more aggressive decarbonization mandates in the absence of federal action, there is a growing conflict between state programs supporting particular types of electric generation technologies and federal regulation of interstate electricity markets that are technology-neutral by design. There are several ways this conflict can be resolved but each requires significant changes to regulatory and market structures, and a strong federal-state partnership that has been lacking in recent years.

Leading expert Mason Emnett explored the many facets of this topic. He also provided a broad review of the various decarbonization pathway studies that all agree with the notion that cleaning up the electric generation sector is the lynchpin of broader decarbonization efforts so that electrification of other fossil uses does not replace one source of emissions for another.

ELI ELI Professional Development Webinars are for the exclusive benefit of Emerging Leaders.

Mason Emnett
, Vice President, Competitive Market Policy, Exelon Corporation

August 28, 2020

Rights and Resources Initiative and Environmental Law Institute

Clearly defined and legally secure freshwater tenure rights are essential to Indigenous Peoples’, Afro-descendants’,  and local communities’ livelihoods, food security, and territorial governance; as well as to countries’ efforts to achieve sustainable development priorities and ensure climate resilience. However, the extent to which such rights are legally recognized remains largely unknown and unmonitored. A new report, Whose Water, provides an innovative methodology and comparative assessment on the extent to which the national-level legal frameworks of 15 countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America recognize communities’ and community women’s rights to use, govern, and protect their freshwater resources.

Co-authors of the report from Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) explored findings from this pathbreaking analysis on the status of Indigenous Peoples’, Afro-descendants’, and local communities’ legally recognized rights to freshwater and insights for further securing these rights. Participants also heard perspectives from across regions concerning the value of this framework and opportunities to leverage the data to advocate for stronger legal protections for both communities’, and women within communities’, water tenure rights. Learn more.

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