Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review Conference

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April 16, 2010

Members of the media are cordially invited to attend the third annual Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review (ELPAR) conference, co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute and Vanderbilt University Law School. This special conference on innovative ideas from the academic literature on environmental law and policy will highlight five articles that address various aspects of the hottest topics in the current policy debate. These include climate change, translocal government organizations, nuclear waste, and endangered species.

The annual conference convenes the authors of the articles and commenters to present their ideas and views to an audience that includes business, government (federal, state and local), think tank, and non-profit representatives. The conference is structured in a manner that encourages dialogue among presenters and attendees.


Super Wicked Problems and Climate Change: Restraining the Present to Liberate the Future (9:15 – 10:15 AM)

  • Richard J. Lazarus (author), Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Keith Cole, Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, General Motors
  • Mary D. Nichols, Chairman, California EPA Air Resources Board
  •  Jeanette Soares, Senior Staff Attorney, Government Accountability Office

Ratifying Kyoto at the Local Level: Sovereigntism, Federalism, and Translocal Organizations of Government Actors (10:30 – 11:20 AM)

  • Judith Resnik (co-author), Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School
  • Joshua Civin (co-author), Assistant Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Joseph Frueh (co-author), Law Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Bradley M. Campbell, Counselor at Law, Bradley M. Campbell LLC
  • Roger R. Martella, Jr., Partner, Sidley Austin, LLP
  • S. William Becker, Executive Director, National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA)
  • Amy Royden-Bloom, Senior Staff Associate, NACAA

Rethinking the Endangered Species Act to Reflect Human Dominion over Nature (11:30 AM – 12:30 PM)

  • Katrina Miriam Wyman (author), Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
  • Wm. Robert Irvin, Senior Vice President for Conservation Program, Defenders of Wildlife
  • Steven P. Quarles, Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Richard Johnson, Deputy Assistant General Counsel, Government Accountability Office

U.S. Nuclear Waste Law and Policy: Fixing a Bankrupt System (12:30 – 1:30 PM)

  • Richard B. Stewart (author), Professor, New York University School of Law
  • Vice Admiral John J. Grossenbacher (Ret.), Director, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Geoffrey H. Fettus, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Thomas B. Cochran, Director of Nuclear Program, NRDC

Full conference agenda is available here. 

Read the 2009-2010 Article Summaries.

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