2019-2020 Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review Conference

Washington, DC, Conference

Environmental Law Institute
Friday, April 3, 2020
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM EDT

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Co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute; Vanderbilt University Law School; WGR Taskforce on Energy, Environment and Agriculture; DC Bar Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (EENR) Community; and Energy and Environmental Law Forum of the Women's Bar Association of D.C.

Topics include:

  • Addressing the cost of carbon dioxide emissions via FERC’s authority to ensure just and reasonable interstate wholesale electricity rates
  • Improving SEC sustainability disclosure requirements
  • Imposing exactions on developers to incentivize investment in low-carbon energy supply and energy efficient buildings

Featured Articles:

Markets, Externalities, and the Federal Power Act: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Authority to Price Carbon Dioxide Emissions

  • Bethany Davis Noll (author), Litigation Director, Institute for Policy Integrity, Adjunct Professor, NYU School of Law
  • Burcin Unel (author), Energy Policy Director, Institute for Policy Integrity, NYU School of Law
  • Diana Jeschke, Counsel, Crowell & Moring
  • Max Minzner, General Counsel, Arcadia Power
  • Kim Smaczniak, Managing Attorney, Clean Energy Program, Earthjustice

Making Sustainability Disclosure Sustainable

  • Jill E. Fisch (author), Saul A. Fox Distinguished Professor of Business Law; Co-Director, Institute for Law and Economics, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
  • Nikki Adame-Winningham, Environmental Corporate Counsel, Pfizer
  • Rick Fleming, Investor Advocate, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Julia Hatcher, Partner, Latham & Watkins
  • Veena Ramani, Senior Program Director, Capital Market Systems, Ceres
  • Tom Riesenberg, Director of Legal and Regulatory Policy, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

Energy Exactions

  • Jim Rossi (author), Associate Dean for Research; Judge D. L. Lansden Chair in Law, Vanderbilt University Law School
  • Christopher Serkin (author), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Elisabeth H. and Granville S. Ridley Jr. Chair in Law, Vanderbilt University Law School
  • Deron Lovaas, Director, EEFA, Resilient Communities, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Carl Pechman, Director, National Regulatory Research Institute, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
  • Benjamin Wechsler, Attorney, Yumkas, Vidmar, Sweeney & Mulrenin, LLC


Nashville, TN, Conference

Vanderbilt University Law School
Thursday, Feburary 20, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM CT


The conference took place on February 20, 2020, from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, at Vanderbilt University Law School. Click here to learn more.

Featured Article:

The Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review is pleased to host Shana Jones, Thomas Ruppert and Jason Evans to discuss their recent article “Roads to Nowhere in Four States: State and Local Governments in the Atlantic Southeast Facing Sea-Level Rise.” Through their analysis of localities’ efforts to protect property and infrastructure as sea-levels rise and flooding increases, the authors will discuss whether climate adaptation challenges faced by localities merit the reconsideration of the duties, immunities, and authorities of state and local governments.

  • Jenny Howard, General Counsel, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
  • Kym Hunter, Senior Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center
  • Benjamin McFarlane, Senior Regional Planner, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission


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