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


September 15, 2020



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 explored these questions and more as they dove into the multi-faceted aspects of avoiding legal malpractice claims and ethics violations when handling GHG emissions in court. Leading experts confronted 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. Our session was 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
Pamela R. Esterman, Partner, Sive Paget & Riesel, PC
Victor B. Flatt, Co-Director, Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (EENR) Center and Dwight Olds Chair in Law, University of Houston Law Center
Aileen Hooks, Partner, Baker Botts LLP

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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.