2009-2010 Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review Conference

April 16, 2010
2105 Rayburn House Office Building, Capitol Hill
Washington, DC


  • Leslie Carothers, President, Environmental Law Institute
  • Michael P. Vandenbergh, Tarkington Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University
  • Patricia A. Moye, Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review
  • Linda K. Breggin, Senior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute


Super Wicked Problems and Climate Change: Restraining the Present to Liberate the Future

  • Richard J. Lazarus, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Commenters
    • Mary D. Nichols, Chairman, California EPA Air Resources Board
    • Keith Cole, Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, General Motors
    • Jeanette Soares, Senior Staff Attorney, Government Accountability Office
    • Student Moderator: Lindsey N. Winthrop


Ratifying Kyoto at the Local Level: Sovereigntism, Federalism, and Translocal Organizations of Government Actors (TOGAS)

  • Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School
  • Joshua Civin, Assistant Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Joseph Frueh, Law Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Commenters:
    • Bradley M. Campbell, Counselor at Law, Bradley M. Campbell LLC
    • S. William Becker (co-commenter), Executive Director, National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA)
    • Amy Royden-Bloom (co-commenter), Senior Staff Associate, NACAA
    • Roger R. Martella, Jr., Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
    • Student Moderator: Stephen Smith


U.S. Nuclear Waste Law and Policy: Fixing a Bankrupt System

  • Richard B. Stewart, Professor, New York University School of Law
  • Commenters:
    • Vice Admiral John J. Grossenbacher (Ret.), Director, Idaho National Laboratory
    • Geoffrey H. Fettus (co-commenter), Senior Project Attorney, Nuclear Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
    • Dr. Thomas B. Cochran (co-commenter), Senior Scientist, Nuclear Program, NRDC
    • David R. Hill, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
    • Student Moderator: Alec Denton

Rethinking the ESA to Reflect Human Dominion over Nature

  • Katrina Miriam Wyman, Professor, New York University School of Law
  • Commenters:
    • Wm. Robert Irvin, Senior Vice President for Conservation Programs, Defenders of Wildlife
    • Steven P. Quarles, Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP
    • Richard Johnson, Deputy Assistant General Counsel, Government Accountability Office

Nashville Conference
April, 1, 2010
11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Flynn Auditorium, Vanderbilt University Law School


  • Dean Chris Guthrie, Dean, Vanderbilt University Law School

Introductory Remarks

  • Mayor Karl Dean, Mayor of Nashville

The Quiet Revolution Revived: Sustainable Design, Land Use Regulation, and the States

  • Sara C. Bronin, Associate Professor of Law, University of Connecticut
  • Commenters:
    • Lavea Brachman, Non-Resident Fellow, Brookings Institution & Co-Director, Greater Ohio
    • Bert Mathews, President, The Mathews Company