ELI 2020 Policy Forum
Like many areas of the American experience in 2020, the environment seems to be at a crossroads. The coronavirus pandemic, economic dislocation, racial injustice, wildfires and flooding have placed U.S. governance, the economy, and social systems under tremendous strain. Meanwhile, trust in government and other public institutions is low.
In this pivotal moment, science continues to project an accelerated path to climate change. Recent substantive and procedural changes in federal regulations and policies have affected federal and state governments’ capacity to address climate change and numerous other environmental hazards.
ELI and George Washington University School of Law’s 2019 workshops on reimagining environmental governance, together with recent ELI work summing up current legal developments and challenges, offers a map to guide multiple stakeholders into a new era. Leading panelists explore major issues highlighted by the Environment 2021 report including the effects of substantive and procedural changes, and the ability to address new problems and meet the needs of environmental justice. Panelists contemplate the future roles for federal, state, and local governments, technology, innovation, and private environmental governance in meeting the challenges environmental and natural resources law will face in the coming decade. Panelists look at new proposals for legislation, and the role of federalism in creating opportunities for climate legislation, social reform, remaking the energy economy, and protecting communities and public resources. Join the Environmental Law Institute and leading panelists to explore these issues and more.
James M. McElfish, Jr., Senior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
Seema Kakade, Director, Environmental Law Clinic, and Associate Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Granta Nakayama, Partner, King & Spalding LLP
Vickie Patton, General Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund
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