April 20, 2018

Co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute, A Call To The Bar, and George Washington University Law School


12:00 pm


12:30 pm

Welcome and Keynote: Filling the Federal Climate Action Gap

12:50 pm

The Economic Risk and Rewards of Climate Action

  • Jennifer Huang, International Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), Moderator
  • Kenneth L. Adams, Partner, Adams Holcomb LLP and US Coordinating Counsel, Center for Climate Integrity
  • Bob Litterman, Chairman, Risk Committee & Founding Partner, Kepos Capital  [presentation]

1:40 pm

Companies and NGOs Taking Action on Climate Change

2:30 pm

Networking Break

3:00 pm

State and Local Climate Action Strategies

  • C. Baird Brown, Principal, eco(n)law LLC, Moderator
  • Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center, Assistant Dean of Centers and Institutes, and Professor from Practice, Georgetown University Law Center  [presentation]
  • John Byrne, Director & Distinguished Professor of Energy and Climate Policy, University of Delaware and Chairman & President, Foundation for Renewable Energy & Environment  [presentation]
  • Mike Grainey, Principal, Michael W. Grainey, Consulting LLC  [presentation]

3:50 pm

Climate Litigation Now

  • William J. Snape, III, Fellow, Practitioner-In-Residence, and Assistant Dean of Adjunct Faculty Affairs, American University Washington College of Law, and Senior Counsel, Center for Biological Diversity, Moderator  [presentation]
  • Dena Adler, Climate Law Fellow, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
  • Tom Lorenzen, Partner, Environment & Natural Resources and Government Affairs groups, Crowell Moring
  • Ed McTiernan, Partner, Arnold & Porter
4:40 pm

How Can You Take Action on the Climate Crisis?

5:30 pm Reception
April 20, 2018

The Gulf of Mexico is a biologically rich, unique and diverse area that needs to be conserved and protected at the ecosystem level of management. The Gulf of Mexico Sister Sanctuary Network seeks to facilitate the sharing of science so managers can better prepare for and respond to ocean changes and threats due to human induced impacts from overfishing, invasive species, and climate change. Panelists addressed current developments of the Sister Sanctuaries Network from the perspectives of Cuba, Mexico, and the United States.

Donald C. Baur, Partner, Perkins Coie
María José Espinosa Carrillo, Director of Programs and Operations. Center for Democracy in the Americas
Valerie Miller,  Manager, Cuba Oceans Program, Environmental Defense Fund
Fernando Bretos, Curator of Ecology and Director of MUVE, Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Alejandra Navarrete, Advisor, Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Fisheries in Mexico; National Project Coordinator, GEF Project Implementation of the Strategic Action Program for the Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem between U.S. and Mexico.