2021 J.B. & Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium

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

Join the Environmental and Energy Law Program for the 2021 J.B. & Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium. Scholars 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 2020-21Jamie Grodsky Prize for Environmental Scholarship will also be presented to the best paper written for a GW Law class during the 2019-20 calendar year.


10 - 10:15 am: Opening Remarks from Dean Dayna Bowen Matthew and Professor Robert Glicksman

10:15 - 11 am: Environmental Law for “Deep” Climate Adaptation followed by discussion or Q&A

  • JB Ruhl, LLM '86, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law; Director, Program on  Law and Innovation; Co-director, Energy, Environment and Land Use Program, Vanderbilt Law School

11 – 11:15 am: Break (open conversation room)

11:15 am - Noon: Translating Restorative Justice Practices into Environmental Advocacy: A Promising Pathway Amidst Discord followed by discussion or Q&A

  • Kim Diana Connolly, LLM '09, Professor, Director of Clinical Legal Education, and Vice Dean for Advocacy and Experiential Education, University at Buffalo School of Law

Noon – 12:15 pm: Break (open conversation room)

12:30 – 1:15 pm: Still Greening After All These Years: Evolving Environmental and Economic Benefits of a Clean Energy Economy followed by discussion or Q&A

  • Joseph P. Tomain, JD '74, Dean Emeritus and Wilbert and Helen Ziegler Professor of Law, College of Law, University of Cincinnati

1:15 – 1:30 pm: Break (open conversation room)

1:30 – 1:45 pm: Presentation of the 2020 and 2021 Grodsky Awards

1:45 – 2:45 pm: Securing Public Lands, Water, and Wildlife Law followed by discussion or Q&A

  • Sandi Zellmer, LLM '96, Professor of Law and Director of Natural Resources Clinics at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana

2:45 – 3:30 pm: The Evolution of Supreme Court Jurisprudence on the Clean Water Act followed by discussion or Q&A

  • Steve Johnson, LLM '91, Professor of Law, Mercer University Law School

3:30 – 3:45 pm: Break (open conversation room)

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm: The Public Trust Doctrine Fifty Years After Sax and Some Thoughts on Its Future

  • Michael Blumm, JD '76, LLM '79, Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School

4:30 – 4:45 pm: Break (open conversation room, optional)

4:45 pm – 5:30 pm: International Environmental Law at 50

  • Nicholas Bryner, JD '12, John P. Laborde Endowed Professor in Energy Law 1 and 2, Assistant Professor of Law, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center

5:30 – 5:45 pm: Break (open conversation room, optional)

5:45 – 6:30 pm: The Constitutional Role of Courts in Crafting Remedies for Climate Disruption

  • Pat Parenteau, LLM '75, Professor of Law and Senior Counsel, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, Vermont Law School

6:30 – 6:45 pm: Break (open conversation room, optional)

6:45 – 7 pm: Closing Thoughts About the Future of Environmental Law

7 – 8 pm: Social Hour for Participants