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

Learning from the Past, Innovating for the Future in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law
Fri, 9 April, 2021 10:00am

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

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