2024 Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review (ELPAR) Conference

April 5, 2024 9:30 am — 2:15 pm
Hybrid (in-person in DC & via webinar)

Co-hosted by the Environmental Law Institute and Vanderbilt University Law School

Cosponsored by the D.C. Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Community

Please join us on April 5, 2024, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. ET (in-person and via Zoom) for the 2024 Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review (ELPAR) Conference in Washington, D.C. The in-person component will take place at the Environmental Law Institute’s offices. 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.

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  • Behavioral science and climate change
  • Siting of renewable energy projects
  • Role of negotiation in environmental law

Articles for Discussion:


  • Felix Mormann (author), Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law (Climate Choice Architecture)
  • Dr. Lisa Dilling, Associate Chief Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund (Climate Choice Architecture)
  • Anjali Narang, Visiting Graduate Researcher, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economic and Management, College of Business, Cornell University (Climate Choice Architecture)
  • Tabitha Scott, Executive Sustainability Officer, Gilbane (Climate Choice Architecture)
  • Dr. Reuven Sussman, Director, Behavior & Human Dimensions Program, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (Climate Choice Architecture)
  • Christiana Ochoa (co-author), Dean and Herman B. Wells Class of 1950 Endowed Professor, Indiana University Maurer School of Law (Deals in the Heartland)
  • Kacey Cook (co-author), Constance and Terry Marbach Conservation Attorney, Conservation Law Center (Deals in the Heartland)
  • Hanna Weil (co-author), 2024 JD Candidate, University of Minnesota Law School (Deals in the Heartland)
  • Hilary Clark, Senior Director, Siting & Permitting, Social Licensing, American Clean Power (Deals in the Heartland)
  • Eric Lantz, Director, Wind Energy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy (Deals in the Heartland)
  • Josh Mandelbaum, Senior Attorney, Environmental Law & Policy Center
  • Christopher McLean, Assistant Administrator, Electric Program, Rural Utilities Service, Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture (Deals in the Heartland)
  • Dave Owen (author), Associate Dean for Research and Harry Sunderland ’61 Professor of Law, University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (The Negotiable Implementation of Environmental Law)
  • Carl Bruch, Senior Attorney and Director of International Programs, Environmental Law Institute (The Negotiable Implementation of Environmental Law)
  • John Cruden, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond (The Negotiable Implementation of Environmental Law)
  • Ben Grumbles, Executive Director, Environmental Council of the States (The Negotiable Implementation of Environmental Law)
  • Vickie Patton, General Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund (The Negotiable Implementation of Environmental Law)

For questions about the conference, please contact Tori Rickman at rickman@eli.org.

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