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Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review


Sally Katzen Ethan Shenkman Aditi Prabhu Vanderbilt Student

The Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review (ELPAR) is a special issue of the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR), published in collaboration with the Vanderbilt University Law School (VULS) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) in Washington, DC. Each year, Vanderbilt Law students work with an expert advisory committee and senior staff from ELI to identify the year’s best academic articles that present legal and policy solutions to pressing environmental problems. The result is a one issue, student-edited volume that includes condensed versions of the selected articles, along with commentaries from leading experts from the academy, law firms, business, government and non-governmental organizations.

In conjunction with the publication, ELI and Vanderbilt co-sponsor an annual conference at which the authors of the articles and comments present their ideas and views to an audience that includes business, government (federal, state, and local), think tank, and non-profit representatives. 


March 31, 2017 Conference:

ELPAR hosted a conference in Washington, D.C., featuring a discussion about several of the articles selected for publication this year. The conference took place on March 31, 2017, from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm, at ELI. The final agenda is available here.


This year's featured articles and commenters include:


How Cheap is Corporate Talk? Comparing Companies' Comments on Regulations with their Securities Disclosures

  • James W. Coleman (author), Assistant Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • Matt Banks, Manager, Climate & Business, World Wildlife Fund
  • Alan Horowitz, former ‎Vice President, Global Safety, Health, Environment, Sustainability & Operations Compliance, AstraZeneca
  • Jeffrey A. Smith, Co-Director of Fordham Law School Sustainability Initiative and retired partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
  • Brian J. Wong, Senior Counsel, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Climate Exactions

  • J. Peter Byrne (co-author), Faculty Director, Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Institute, and John Hampton Baumgartner, Jr. Professor of Real Property Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Kathryn A. Zyla (co-author), Deputy Director, Georgetown Climate Center
  • Christopher V. Carlyle, Attorney, The Carlyle Appellate Law Firm
  • Adam Freed, Principal, Bloomberg Associates
  • Gwen Wright, Planning Director, Montgomery County Planning Department

The President's Budget as a Source of Agency Policy Control

  • Eloise Pasachoff (author), Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center (via video)
  • Rosario Palmieri, Vice President for Labor, Legal, and Regulatory Policy, National Association of Manufacturers
  • Russell Shay, Director of Public Policy, Land Trust Alliance
  • Ali Zaidi, Precourt Energy Fellow, Stanford University; Senior Advisor, Morrison & Foerster LLP; former Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy, and Science, White House Office of Management and Budget (2014-2017)



Click here to view the
2016 issue of ELPAR.

ELPAR 2016

Click here to view the Trends in Environmental Law Scholarship 2008-2014 article published in ELPAR.