Innovative Thinking From Legal Academia Highlighted at the 2020 ELI-Vanderbilt Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review Conference

March 2020

Washington, D.C.: Leading scholars, policymakers, and attorneys are invited to join the Environmental Law Institute and Vanderbilt University Law School at their annual conference to discuss the year’s most innovative environmental law and policy proposals. The April 3 conference will feature discussions on addressing the cost of carbon dioxide emissions via FERC’s authority to ensure just and reasonable interstate wholesale electricity rates; improving SEC sustainability disclosure requirements; and imposing exactions on developers to incentivize investment in low-carbon energy supply and energy-efficient buildings.

Articles will be presented by the authors and discussed by leading academics in the field before an audience of business, government, think-tank, and nonprofit representatives. The presentation will be webcast as well.

Selected articles include:

  • Markets, Externalities, and the Federal Power Act: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Authority to Price Carbon Dioxide Emissions, by Bethany Davis Noll (Litigation Director, Institute for Policy Integrity, New York University School of Law) and Burcin Unel (Energy Policy Director, Institute for Policy Integrity, New York University School of Law)
  • Making Sustainability Disclosure Sustainable, by Jill E. Fisch (Saul A. Fox Distinguished Professor of Business Law; Co-Director, Institute for Law and Economics, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School)
  • Energy Exactions, by Jim Rossi (Associate Dean for Research; Judge D.L. Lansden Chair in Law, Vanderbilt University Law School) and Christopher Serkin (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Elisabeth H. and Granville S. Ridley Jr. Chair in Law, Vanderbilt University Law School)

Guest panelists will discuss each topic presented. Expert commentators who will speak on various topics include: Nikki Adame-Winningham, Environmental Corporate Counsel, Pfizer; Rick Fleming, Investor Advocate, U.S. SEC; Julia Hatcher, Partner, Latham & Watkins; Diana Jeschke, Counsel, Crowell & Moring; Deron Lovaas, Director, EEFA, Resilient Communities, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program, Natural Resources Defense Council; Max Minzner, General Counsel, Arcadia Power; Carl Pechman, Director, National Regulatory Research Institute, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners; Veena Ramani, Senior Program Director, Capital Market Systems, Ceres; Tom Riesenberg, Director of Legal Policy and Outreach, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board; Kim Smaczniak, Managing Attorney, Clean Energy Program, Earthjustice; and Benjamin Wechsler, Partner, Linowes and Blocher LLP. The full agenda is available here.

This year’s conference is co-sponsored by DC Bar Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Community, Women in Government Relations Task Force on Energy, Environment & Agriculture, and Women’s Bar Association of District of Columbia.

The details:

  • Where: Environmental Law Institute, 1730 M Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036 (and via webinar).
  • When: April 3, 2020, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Networking reception 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
  • Attend in Person: The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please click here to register for this event.
  • Attend via Webinar: Please follow this link if you would like to register for the webinar.

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