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Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review (Washington, D.C. Conference)


April 3, 2020
9:30 am - 3:00 pm


Webinar only


This event is free and open to the public but you must register. Go HERE to see the current agenda.

  • Please register REGISTER HERE by APRIL 1.  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 9:30 AM Eastern, 8:30 AM Central, 7:30 AM Mountain, and 6:30 AM Pacific. There is no CLE for this event.

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Co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute; Vanderbilt University Law School; WGR Taskforce on Energy, Environment and AgricultureDC Bar Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (EENR) Community; and Energy and Environmental Law Forum of the Women's Bar Association of D.C.

Go HERE to view the final agenda.

Topics include:

  • Addressing the cost of carbon dioxide emissions via FERC’s authority to ensure just and reasonable interstate wholesale electricity rates
  • Improving SEC sustainability disclosure requirements
  • Imposing exactions on developers to incentivize investment in low-carbon energy supply and energy efficient buildings

The conference will feature the following speakers:

Markets, Externalities, and the Federal Power Act: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Authority to Price Carbon Dioxide Emissions

  • Bethany Davis Noll (author), Litigation Director, Institute for Policy Integrity, Adjunct Professor, NYU School of Law
  • Burcin Unel (author), Energy Policy Director, Institute for Policy Integrity, NYU School of Law
  • Diana Jeschke, Counsel, Crowell & Moring
  • Max Minzner, General Counsel, Arcadia Power
  • Kim Smaczniak, Managing Attorney, Clean Energy Program, Earthjustice

Making Sustainability Disclosure Sustainable

  • Jill E. Fisch (author), Saul A. Fox Distinguished Professor of Business Law; Co-Director, Institute for Law and Economics, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
  • Nikki Adame-Winningham, Environmental Corporate Counsel, Pfizer
  • Rick Fleming, Investor Advocate, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Julia Hatcher, Partner, Latham & Watkins
  • Veena Ramani, Senior Program Director, Capital Market Systems, Ceres
  • Tom Riesenberg, Director of Legal and Regulatory Policy, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

Energy Exactions

  • Jim Rossi (author), Associate Dean for Research; Judge D. L. Lansden Chair in Law, Vanderbilt University Law School
  • Christopher Serkin (author), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Elisabeth H. and Granville S. Ridley Jr. Chair in Law, Vanderbilt University Law School
  • Deron Lovaas, Director, EEFA, Resilient Communities, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

  • Carl Pechman, Director, National Regulatory Research Institute, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
  • Benjamin Wechsler, Attorney, Yumkas, Vidmar, Sweeney & Mulrenin, LLC

Materials will be posted as they are available. For questions about the conference, please contact Anna Beeman at beeman@eli.org

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