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The Leadership of Women in Developing U.S. Environmental Law and Policy: What They Did, What It Meant, and Where It Is Going


June 20, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Environmental Law Institute
1730 M Street, NW, Suite 700 (Map)

Washington, DC (and webinar/simulcast to additional cities)


NOTE:  IN PERSON REGISTRATION for the Washington, DC location is now CLOSED. You may still register for the  webinar option.
In-person registration for NYC and SF venues is still open using the links at the bottom of this page.

This event is free and
open to the public but you must register.

  • Please register by June 17. Contact mcmurrin@eli.org with questions.
  • For in-person attendance at ELI in DC (limited), REGISTER HERE. A reception will follow 5:30 - 6:30 PM.
  • Please check at the bottom of this page for available in-person attendance at one of the hosted simulcast sites (list will be updated as hosts are confirmed). Please register directly with the host firm using the information given for that particular location. Each simulcast event will be followed by a networking session.
  • For individual webinar, REGISTER HERE.  Webinar information will be emailed one business day prior to the event. The webinar will begin at 4 PM Eastern, 3 PM Central, 2 PM Mountain, and 1 PM Pacific. If you are unsure if you can access the webinar via the GoToMeeting platform, please go HERE to view system requirements prior to registering.
  • There is no CLE for this event.

NOTE: All registrants for ELI events need to have an ELI "account." When you click on the above Register Here link, you will be asked to log in.

  • ELI members and previous registrants have accounts. If you don't remember your password, please click on the "Request new password" tab.
  • Non-members who have previously not set up an ELI account may click on the "Create new account" tab, complete the process, and then return to this page to register. While creating this account does not confer membership, it will allow you to register for this and future events at any appropriate non-member rate that may be required.

An ELI WELL (Women in Environmental Law  & Leadership) 50th Anniversary Seminar

While women have been critical to the development of environmental law and policy in the United States, those central contributions have been underreported and not well understood.  Women changed the course of American history through their leadership in the abolitionist, prohibition, suffragette, public health, and civil rights movements.  The techniques honed during those efforts influenced women shaping environmental law and policy. The challenges women faced in taking the lead in environmental law and policy in some ways are unique to the field—and even to each individual-- and in other ways mirror challenges faced by women in other disciplines.

As ELI celebrates “Gender and the Environment” month in June as part of its 50th Anniversary, join us for a panel discussion of how women have shaped environmental law and policy in the United States, the impact of that work on women’s roles in the environmental field, what the experience meant for those who contributed, and what the future holds for environmental law and policy with women increasingly in leadership roles.

The panel discussion will convene in Washington, DC, and will be available by webinar. Gatherings at receptions after the panel discussion will be held in Washington, DC, New York City, and other cities to be announced.  These events will provide participants the opportunity to continue the discussion in those venues.

Kathy Robb, Principal, Sive, Paget & Riesel P.C. and Adjunct Environmental Law Professor, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University (Moderator)
Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, Director, Interface, Inc.
Linda Fisher, former Vice President, Safety, Health and Environment and Chief Sustainability Officer, DuPont and former Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Seema Kakade, Director, Environmental Law Clinic and Assistant Professor of Law, Francis King Carey School of Law, University of Maryland
Peggy Shepard, Co-Founder and Executive Director, WE ACT for Environmental Justice


There will be no materials for this session.


Additional Webcast/Networking sites (please register using the information provided for the appropriate location):

Allen & Overy
(simulcast by webinar; 4-5:30 PM Eastern Time)
1221 6th Avenue (map/directions)
New York, NY
Reception to follow
RSVP here to attend in person

Paul Hastings (simulcast by webinar; 1-2:30 PM Pacific Time)
101 California Street, 48th Floor (map)
San Francisco, CA
Lunch will be provided by the host firm
RSVP here to attend in person