2020 Shapiro Symposium

Learning from the Past, Innovating for the Future in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law

This event has been canceled and will be rescheduled in the Fall.


In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Environmental & Energy Law Program, please join us as we welcome back GW Law Graduates who are now professors in the environmental and energy law fields. Each scholar will present on a change in environmental, natural resources, and energy law that they believe is needed to deal with the critical issues we face today. The 2020 Jamie Grodsky Prize for Environmental Scholarship will also be presented to the best paper written for a GW Law class during the 2019 calendar year.


8:30 - 9 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast - Kelly Lounge

9 – 9:15 am: Opening Remarks 

  • LeRoy Paddock, The George Washington University Law School
  • Lin Harmon-Walker, The George Washington University Law School

9:15 – 9:45 am: Environmental Law for “Deep” Climate Adaptation

JB RuhlJB Ruhl
David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law; Director, Program on Law and Innovation; Co-director, Energy, Environment and Land Use Program
Vanderbilt Law School

9:45 – 9:55 am: Discussants

10 – 10:30 am: Securing Public Lands, Water, and Wildlife Law

Sandi ZellmerSandi Zellmer
Professor of Law and Director of Natural Resources Clinics
Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana


10:30 – 10:40 am: Discussants

10:40 – 10:50 am: Break

10:50 – 11:20 am: Still Greening After All These Years: Evolving Environmental and Economic Benefits of a Clean Energy Economy

Joseph TomainJoseph P. Tomain
Dean Emeritus and Wilbert and Helen Ziegler Professor of Law
The University of Cincinnati, College of Law


11:20 – 11:30 am: Discussants

11:30 – 11:45 am: Audience Q&A for morning speakers (from notecards)

11:45 am – 12:15 pm:  Lunch (Kelly Lounge)

12:15 – 12:30 pm:  The Jamie Grodsky Award for Environmental Scholarship

12:30 pm – 1 pm: The Public Trust Doctrine Fifty Years After Sax and Some Thoughts on Its Future

Michael BlummMichael Blumm
Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law
Lewis & Clark Law School


1 pm – 1:10 pm: Discussants

1:10 – 1:40 pm: Translating Restorative Justice Practices into Environmental Advocacy: A Promising Pathway Amidst Discord

Kim Diana ConnollyKim Diana Connolly
Professor, Director of Clinical Legal Education, and Vice Dean for Advocacy and Experiential Education
University at Buffalo School of Law


1:40 – 1:50 pm: Discussants

1:50 – 2 pm: Break

2 – 2:30 pm: The Evolution of Supreme Court Jurisprudence on the Clean Water Act

Steve JohnsonSteve Johnson
Professor of Law
Mercer University Law School


2:30 – 2:40: Discussants

2:40 – 3:10 pm: The Constitutional Role of Courts in Crafting Remedies for Climate Disruption

Pat ParenteauPat Parenteau
Professor of Law and Senior Counsel, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic
Vermont Law School


3:10 – 3:20: Discussants

3:20 – 4 pm: Audience Q&A for afternoon speakers (from notecards)

4 – 4:30 pm: Closing Thoughts About the Future of Environmental Law