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Disclosure Exposure: Exploring GHG Disclosure & Attorney Ethics Rules (ELI Master Class)


September 15, 2020
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm




This event is open to the public but registration/payment is required by September 11. Registration fees: ELI members $100-$65; non-members $150-$100.
If you are unsure if you are an ELI member, contact mcmurrin@eli.org PRIOR to registering (or go HERE to join).

  • 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.
  • Webinar start times are as follows:  12 noon Eastern, 11 AM Central, 10 AM Mountain, and 9 AM Pacific. Please note that your browser may/may not automatically adjust the time for your zone when you register.
  • ELI is an accredited CLE provider in Pennsylvania and Vermont and is therefore approved in those jurisdictions. CLE approval has been granted for Colorado, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey. Application is pending in California, Texas, and Virginia. Many states have reciprocity with these jurisdictions – please check with your affiliated bar first. We will apply for CLE approval in additional states upon request until Sept. 8. You must request CLE and enter your Bar number when you register and by any deadlines given. Please READ the CLE information at the bottom of this page for your participation requirements.

  • Any cancellations after the registration deadline will be subject to a $35 charge. See ELI's Event Policies and CLE Financial Hardship Policy.
  • Contact mcmurrin@eli.org with questions.

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An ELI Master Class

According to the United Nations, approximately 100,000 deaths worldwide have been attributed to human–induced climate change. As a result, numerous cases have been brought to court where judges, prosecutors, and attorneys must confront greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the ethics surrounding disclosure. Consequently, attorneys representing industries that release emissions could find themselves unexpectedly accused of breaching ethical responsibilities if they fail to report these activities under certain circumstances.

How do such claims arise?  Under what types of circumstances would attorneys need to report? What should attorneys be focusing on to ensure compliance under ethics rules? Panelists will explore these questions and more as they dive into the multi-faceted aspects of avoiding legal malpractice claims and ethics violations when handling GHG emissions in court. Leading experts will confront how to understand the various states’ professional ethical rules, how to respond to ethical issues that arise in response to such claims, and how to avoid dishonest or deceitful conduct. Join ELI and leading experts for an in-depth exploration of GHG emissions in court and disclosure under ethics rules.

Tracy Hester
, Co-Director, Center for Carbon Management in Energy and Lecturer, University of Houston Law Center, Moderator (invited)
Victor B. Flatt, Co-Director, Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (EENR) Center and Dwight Olds Chair in Law, University of Houston Law Center (invited)
Pam Giblin, Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Leadership Council (invited)
Hana Heineken, Senior Campaigner, Responsible Finance, Rainforest Action Network (invited)
Kevin S. Minoli, Partner, Alston & Bird and former Principal Deputy General Counsel, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (invited)

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.


Webinar CLE Attendees (you must have selected CLE info when you registered):

  • When watching the webinar you will need to have the webinar at the forefront of your computer screen as GoTo webinar software will be tracking attentiveness and creating an attentiveness report.
  • You will need to be watching the webinar for a majority of the time to receive CLE Credit.
  • We will email you the CLE information and certification within one week of the event.