2021-2022 Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review Conference

Virtual Conference

Friday, March 25, 2022
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM EST

Each year, Vanderbilt Law School and the Environmental Law Institute identify innovative environmental law and policy proposals in the academic literature. Leading professors, policymakers, and practitioners were invited to discuss the proposals selected this year. 


Speaker Biographies 

Slide Deck 


Sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute and Vanderbilt University Law School
Cosponsored by the Women's Council on Energy and the Environment and the DC Bar Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Committee.


  • Environmental citizen suits 
  • Employee, environmental, social and governance (EESG)
  • The clean energy transition and regional transmission organizations (RTOs)  


Environmental Citizen Suits and the Inequities of Races to the Top
  • David Adelman (author), Harry Reasoner Regents Chair in Law, University of Texas School of Law
  • Jori Reilly-Diakun (author), Attorney-Advisor, U.S. EPA, Office of General Counsel, Pesticides and Toxic Substances Law Office
  • Bina Reddy, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond PC
  • Howard Learner, President and Executive Director, Environmental Law & Policy Center 
Caremark and ESG, Perfect Together: A Practical Approach to Implementing an Integrated, Efficient, and Effective Caremark and EESG
  • Leo Strine (author), Of Counsel, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Michael L. Wachter Distinguished Fellow in Law and Policy, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
  • Kirby Smith (author), Associate, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Reilly Steel (author), Ph.D. Student, Princeton University
  • Jonas Kron, Chief Advocacy Officer, Trillium Asset Management
  • Margaret Peloso, Partner, Environment & Natural Resources, Vinson & Elkins LLP
  • Todd Phillips, Director, Financial Regulatory and Corporate Governance, Center for American Progress
Rethinking Grid Governance for the Climate Change Era
  • Shelley Welton (author), Associate Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Tom Hassenboehler, Partner, COEFFICIENT
  • Casey Roberts, Senior Attorney, Sierra Club
  • Rebecca Tepper, Chief, Energy and Environment Bureau, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office

The condensed articles and comments are available on the ELPAR main page. For more information on previous conferences, please see our Past Events page.