Innovative Thinking From Legal Academia Highlighted at the 2021 ELI-Vanderbilt Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review Conference

March 2021

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 the most innovative environmental law and policy thinking of 2020. The April 9 conference, to be held via webcast only, will feature discussions on using climate change attribution science in litigation; increasing climate change activism by institutional investors; advancing environmental justice through mapping and cumulative impact strategies; and changing “zombie energy laws” that impede decarbonization in restructured energy markets.

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.

Selected articles include:

  • The Law and Science of Climate Change Attribution, by Michael Burger, Executive Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law & Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law, Colombia Law School; Jessica Wentz, Senior Fellow, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law; and Radley Horton, Lamont Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, The Earth Institute
  • Externalities and the Common Owner, by Madison Condon, Associate Professor, Boston University School of Law
  • A Game Changer in the Making? Lessons from States Advancing Environmental Justice through Mapping and Cumulative Impact Strategies, by Charles Lee, Senior Policy Advisor for Environmental Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Zombie Energy Laws, by Joshua Macey, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

Guest panelists will discuss each topic presented. Expert commentators who will speak on various topics include:

  • Frederick Alexander, CEO, The Shareholder Commons
  • Jessica Bell, Deputy Director, State Energy & Environmental Impact Center, NYU School of Law
  • Margaret Claybour, Founding Partner, Rock Creek Energy Group, LLP
  • Miles Farmer, Legal Advisor, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Steve Goldstein, Special Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Maryland
  • Natasha Lamb, Managing Partner, Director of Equity Research & Shareholder Engagement, Arjuna Capital
  • Hampden Macbeth, Staff Attorney, State Energy & Environmental Impact Center, NYU School of Law
  • Carol Monahan Cummings, Chief Counsel, California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
  • Anne Simpson, Managing Investment Director, Board Governance & Sustainability, CalPERS
  • Joanne Spalding, Chief Climate Counsel, Environmental Law Program, Sierra Club
  • Stacey VanBelleghem, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Benjamin Wilson, Chairman, Beveridge & Diamond PC
  • Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director, UPROSE

The full agenda is available here.

This year’s conference is co-sponsored by the DC 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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