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Lawyers and Climate Change: The First National Conference of Lawyers Committed to Addressing the Climate Emergency


April 28, 2017


Washington, DC (and webcast)

For a complete list of the generous partners of this event, please go HERE.

On April 28, 2017, the day before the climate march in Washington, DC, a group of leading lawyers and academics convened at American University for a half-day conference to consider potential solutions to the problem of climate change and the role of lawyers and associations of lawyers in advancing those solutions.

Program Topics:

  • The Role of Lawyers in Addressing Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future
  • The Bi-partisan Response to Climate Change
  • Climate Change Litigation in the U.S. and Lessons from Abroad
  • Ethical, Moral and Justice Implications of Climate Change with An Interactive Discussion on Individual and Legal Community Next Steps to Action

Vicki Arroyo
, Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center at Georgetown Law and the Director of the Environmental Law Program
Victoria Barrett, Fellow with the Alliance for Climate Education
John C. Dernbach,Commonwealth Professor of Environmental Law and Sustainability and Director, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, at Widener University Commonwealth School of Law
David Estrin, Certified Environmental Law Specialist and Counsel, Gowling WLG Adjunct Professor and Co-Academic Director Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinical Program, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Sally Fisk, Environmental Committee, New York City Bar Association
Karen Florini, Visiting Fellow, The Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School
Peter J. Fontaine, Co-chair of Cozen O’Connor LLP’s Energy, Environmental & Public Utilities Practice Group and the Climate Change practice
Steve Harvey, President, A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate Change
J. Kevin Healy, Partner Member of Bryan Cave's Environmental and the Real Estate Client Service Groups
Diane Henkels, Vice-Chair, The Oregon State Bar Sustainable Future Section
David Hunter, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law
Bob Inglis, Executive Director republicEn.org
Daniel Kreeger, Co-founding board member and executive director of the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO)
Robert B. McKinstry, Jr., Attorney, Ballard Spahr LLP
Julia Olson, Executive Director and Chief Legal Counsel for Our Children's Trust
Yolanda Pagano, Director, A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate Change
Matthew F. Pawa, Attorney, President at the Pawa Law Group P.C.
Craig Segall, Assistant Chief Counsel of the California Air Resources Board
Bill Snape, Assistant Dean of Adjunct Faculty Affairs and Fellow in Environmental Law at American University Washington College of Law
Jerry Taylor, President of the Niskanen Center
Sharonda Williams-Tack, Environmental Justice State Coordinator at Sierra Club
Mary Wood, Philip H. Knight Professor of Law at the University of Oregon

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