ELI Primary Menu

Skip to main content

Confronting Climate Change: Primary Forces in Advancing Environmental Protection in a Court of Law


February 25, 2020
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


Environmental Law Institute
1730 M Street, NW, Suite 700 (Map)

Washington, DC (and webinar)


This brown-bag lunch event is free and open to the public but you must register.

  • Please register by February 21. Contact mcmurrin@eli.org with questions or to change your registration.
  • For in-person attendance, REGISTER HERE.
  • For webinar/telecon, REGISTER HERE.  Webinar information will be emailed one business day prior to the event. If you are unsure if you can access the webinar via the GoToMeeting platform, please go HERE to view system requirements prior to registering.
  • All times noted are Eastern Time. The webinar will begin at 12:30 PM Eastern, 11:30 AM Central, 10:30 AM Mountain, and 9:30 AM Pacific. There is no CLE for this course.

NOTE: All registrants for ELI events need to have an ELI "account." When you click on the above Register Here link, you will be asked to log in.

  • ELI members and previous registrants have accounts. If you don't remember your password, please click on the "Request new password" tab.
  • Non-members who have previously not set up an ELI account may click on the "Create new account" tab, complete the process, and then return to this page to register. While creating this account does not confer membership, it will allow you to register for this and future events at any appropriate non-member rate that may be required.

An Environmental Law Institute and Climate Media Lab, The Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University co-sponsored workshop

A wide range of plaintiffs have pursued climate litigation encompassing federal statutory claims, public trust claims, adaptation issues, and more on both the domestic and international fronts. Decisions in these cases have the potential to shape how the law addresses pressing climate issues in the years to come. Climate science is both a vital element of environmental litigation and such litigation can be an important avenue for the communication of climate science to the public.

What should courts be focusing on to ensure justice as the number of environmental protection cases continue to increase? How can these cases be communicated to key audiences to ensure engagement and public education? Expert panelists will address these questions and more as they reflect on past cases and tackle the multifaceted aspects of climate cases. Leading panelists will also explore strategies to successfully communicate climate change in the context of litigation.  Join expert panelists, the Environmental Law Institute, and the Climate Media Lab at the Milken Institute School of Public Health of George Washington University for this timely workshop focused on how courts confront climate change and advance environmental protection.

Sandra Nichols Thiam
, Associate Vice President, Research & Policy and Director, Judicial Education Program, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
Christi Cooper, Producer/Director, “YOUTH v GOV” documentary, Barrelmaker Productions Limited
Robert L. Glicksman, J. B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law, George Washington University Law School
Sabrina McCormick, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health, George Washington University
Lee Paddock, Professorial Lecturer, George Washington University and Visiting Scholar, Environmental Law Institute

Robert Glicksman presentation
Materials will be posted as they are received...

ELI members will have access to materials/a recording of this session (usually posted w/in 48 hours). If you are not an ELI member but would like to have access to archived sessions like this one, go HERE to see the many benefits of membership and how to join.