June 20, 2019

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
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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
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