2020-2021 Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review Conference

April 9, 2021 9:30 am — 3:30 pm
Webinar only

Co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute, DC EENR, WCEE, and Vanderbilt University Law School

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

Topics include:

  • Climate change litigation
  • Corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG)
  • Environmental justice
  • Energy regulation

The conference will feature the following speakers:


The Law and Science of Climate Change Attribution
9:50 - 11:05 am ET

Michael Burger (author), Executive Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law; Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law, Colombia Law School
Jessica Wentz (author), Senior Fellow, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Radley Horton (author), Lamont Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, The Earth Institute

Steve Goldstein, Special Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Maryland
Joanne Spalding, Chief Climate Counsel, Environmental Law Program, Sierra Club
Stacey VanBelleghem, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP


Externalities and the Common Owner
11:15 am - 12:30 pm ET

Madison Condon (author), Associate Professor, Boston University School of Law

Frederick Alexander, CEO, The Shareholder Commons
Natasha Lamb, Managing Partner, Director of Equity Research & Shareholder Engagement, Arjuna Capital
Anne Simpson, Managing Investment Director, Board Governance & Sustainability, CalPERS


A Game Changer in the Making? Lessons from States Advancing Environmental Justice through Mapping and Cumulative Impact Strategies
12:45 - 2:00 pm ET

Charles Lee (author), Senior Policy Advisor for Environmental Justice, United States Environmental Protection Agency

Carol Monahan Cummings, Chief Counsel, California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
Benjamin Wilson, Chairman, Beveridge & Diamond PC
Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director, UPROSE


Zombie Energy Laws
2:10 - 3:25 pm ET

Joshua Macey (author), Assistant Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

Jessica Bell, Deputy Director, State Energy & Environmental Impact Center, NYU School of Law
Margaret Claybour, Founding Partner, Rock Creek Energy Group, LLP
Miles Farmer, Legal Advisor, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Hampden Macbeth, Staff Attorney, State Energy & Environmental Impact Center, NYU School of Law


Materials will be posted as they are available. For questions about the conference, please contact Heather Luedke at luedke@eli.org.

For more information about ELPAR, please visit: https://www.eli.org/environmental-law-and-policy-annual-review