Innovative Academic Proposals Highlighted at ELI-Vanderbilt Law School 2023 Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review Conference

March 2023

Washington, D.C.: The Environmental Law Institute and Vanderbilt Law School invite leading scholars, policymakers, and attorneys to join the annual Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review (ELPAR) conference to discuss some of the most innovative environmental law and policy thinking of the 2022-2023 academic year. The March 31 conference, to be held in-person and via webcast, will feature discussions on U.S. climate adaptation policy, algorithmic decisionmaking tools, and ESG mutual fund performance.

Articles will be presented by the authors and discussed by leading practitioners and policymakers before an audience of business, government, think-tank, and nonprofit representatives. Articles to be featured at the March 31 conference include:

  • 4°C, by J.B. Ruhl, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair in Law, Director, Program on Law and Innovation, Co-Director, Energy Environment and Land Use Program, Vanderbilt University Law School; and Robin Kundis Craig, Robert C. Packard Trustee Chair in Law, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
  • Do ESG Mutual Funds Deliver on Their Promises?, by Quinn Curtis, Associate Dean for Curricular Programs, the Honorable Albert V. Bryan Jr. ’50 Research Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law; Jill Fisch, Saul A. Fox Distinguished Professor of Business Law, Co-Director, Institute for Law and Economics, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School; and Adriana Robertson, Donald N. Pritzker Professor of Business Law,  University of Chicago Law School

 Expert policymakers and practitioners who will offer comments on the proposals include:

  • Keith Benes, Senior Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Carlos Evans, Director of the Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability, City of Dallas
  • Kathryn Geoffroy, Associate, Arnold & Porter
  • Debra Gore-Mann, President and CEO, The Greenlining Institute
  • Stephen Hall, Legal Director and Securities Specialist, Better Markets 
  • Anne Kelly, Vice President, Government Relations, Ceres
  • Joel Scheraga, Senior Advisor for Climate Change Adaptation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Rod Schoonover, Founder and CEO, Ecological Futures Group
  • Hana Vizcarra, Senior Attorney, Earthjustice 

The full agenda is available here.

This year’s conference is co-sponsored by the D.C. Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Community and the Women's Council on Energy and the Environment.

The conference is free, but registration is required. Registrants are welcome to attend all or a portion of the conference.

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