2018 J.B. & Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium

Shapiro

 

The Public Trust Doctrine in the 21st Century

Join The George Washington University Law School, the Journal of Energy and Environmental Law, GW Environmental & Energy Law Association, and the Environmental Law Institute for a symposium on the Public Trust Doctrine in Washington, D.C.

The Public Trust Doctrine is rooted, at least in part, in the 800-year old Charter of the Forests and remains a subject of significant debate today. The Symposium will reflect on the role of the Charter of the Forests, the development of the Public Trust Doctrine in the United States, and explore the role of Public Trust Doctrine today in contexts including climate, water resources, state constitutions, and other settings.

The Symposium will bring together some of the foremost experts on public trust issues in the United States and Canada who hold variety of perspectives on the Doctrine to discuss the evolving role that the Public Trust Doctrine is playing today with respect to climate change, public lands, water rights and other critical environmental and natural resource issues.


Agenda

Thursday, March 15

Noon - 12:30 pm: Registration 

12:30 - 12:45 pm: Opening Remarks 

  • Steve Miano, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller; former Chair of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy & Resources
  • Lee Paddock, The George Washington University Law School

12:45 - 1 pm: Jamie Grodsky Award for Environmental Scholarship

1 - 1:45 pm: Keynote address— The Charter of the Forests

  • Nicholas Robinson, Haub School of Law at Pace University

1:45 - 3:30 pm: Historical Roots of Public Trust in the U.S. 

Moderator

  • Daniel Magraw, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies

Panelists

  • Jim Huffman, Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Erin Ryan, Florida State University College of Law

3:30 - 3:45pm: Break

3:45 - 5:30 pm: Implications of the Juliana Case

Moderator

  • Rob Glicksman, The George Washington University Law School

Panelists

  • Mary Wood, University of Oregon (by video)
  • Brad Mank, University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • Randall Abate, Florida A&M College of Law

Friday, March 16         

8:30 - 9 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9 - 11:30 am: Applications of the Public Trust Doctrine: Part I

Moderator

  • Sheila Hollis, Duane Morris, former Chair of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy & Resources

Panelists

  • Michael Blumm, Lewis & Clark Law School (Sovereign and Property Ownership: The Public Trust Doctrine as a Usufructuary Right)
  • Daniel Siegel, California Office of the Attorney General (The Public Trust Doctrine in California)
  • Rick Frank, University of California Davis School of Law (Water and the American West: The Public Trust Doctrine’s New Frontier
  • Harry Wruck, EcoJustice Canada (The Public Trust in Canada)

11:30 - Noon: Lunch

Noon - 2:45 pm: Applications of the Public Trust Doctrine: Part II

Moderator

  • Caitlin McCoy, The George Washington University Law School

Panelists

  • Margaret Peloso, Vinson & Elkins (Public Trust as a Climate Adaptation Tool)
  • Melissa Scanlan, Vermont Law School (The Role of the Courts in Guarding Against Privatization of Important Public Environmental Resources)              
  • Alex Klass, University of Minnesota Law School (The Public Trust Doctrine in the Shadow of State Environmental Rights Laws)
  • John Dernbach, Widener University Commonwealth Law School (The Public Trust Doctrine and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court)
  • Tracy Hester, University of Houston Law Center (The Public Trust Doctrine in Texas)

2:45 - 3:15 pm: Closing Thoughts

  •  Dan McGraw, Nicholas Robinson