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Addressing the Challenge of Climate Change: The Role of the Law and Lawyers

CLE on November 16, 2016 | Philadelphia, PA

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ATTORNEYS TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE AT DAY-LONG SESSION

A Call to the Bar, the Philadelphia Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council are convening lawyers and others concerned about our global future on November 16 to engage the legal community in climate change awareness, education, and action. Economist and author Jeffrey D. Sachs to address group from UN Climate Change Conference.

PHILADELPHIA (November 10, 2016) – The result of the American presidential election highlights the need for bipartisan support for fighting climate change. The law and legal framework proposed to date can be used to build a variety of solutions to climate change, including harnessing the power of free markets to stimulate investment and growth in alternative energy supplies and technology. With the recent report from the science community that more needs to be done sooner to address climate change, our future will depend on our ability as a society to come together in support of reasonable laws to address the problem.

Our November 16 all-day CLE program will focus on the legal, policy, economic, and ethical issues involved in fighting climate change. Our outstanding speakers will address the impact the election will have on our efforts to fight climate change, the promotion of new technologies, and the chance for the United States to become the world leader in alternative energy and technologies, while at the same time supplying jobs at home.

In short, with the election of a new president the topics to be addressed on November 16 could not be more important. We hope you will consider attending.

 


 

PHILADELPHIA (October 17, 2016) – With the evidence now overwhelming that carbon pollution is driving climate change, leading experts are coming together with the area legal community on November 16, 2016, at the law firm of Drinker Biddle to focus on this important question:

How can the legal community serve as a catalyst for action to address climate change?

Kicking off the discussion will be Jeffrey D. Sachs, the world-renowned economist, leader in sustainable development, and UN advisor, who will speak remotely from the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, where global leaders and experts will be discussing the next steps in implementing the Paris Climate Change Agreement adopted last year. The bestselling author and syndicated columnist Sachs has been called “probably the most important economist in the world,” by the New York Times.

Participants will hear from leading attorneys, state and federal government officials, and experts on energy and the environment on topics such as: the legal framework for addressing the challenge, the need for much stronger and quicker action, the economic case for action, legal and economic issues specific to Pennsylvania, and the ethical and philosophical argument for action by lawyers and others. Megan Ceronsky, Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to the President, will speak on a panel discussing the the Clean Power Plan. John Quigley, Senior Fellow at Penn’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy and former PA Secretary of Environmental Protection, will share unique insights over lunch into the challenge here in Pennsylvania. The day will close with a hands-on discussion of what lawyers can do to spur action toward climate solutions.

“Attorneys have a vital role in responding to the threat of climate change,” said Steve Harvey, an attorney who founded A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate Change. “We need to get beyond the politics and find sensible, decisive solutions so we can preserve the planet for ourselves and our children.”

The event will be held at the law firm of Drinker Biddle, One Logan Square, Ste. 2000, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-6996. Please note that this is the new location, as the event was originally planned and announced for the Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania. Attorneys are eligible to receive seven and a half CLE credits, including one ethics credit. For registration and sponsorship information, please contact Tara Phoenix at 215-238-6349 or by e-mail at tphoenix@philabar.org.

CLE Provided by the Philadelphia Bar Association

7.5 credit CLE course, including one ethics credit

Agenda

#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1Introductions and Setting the ToneGaetan J. Alfano , Steve Harvey , Yolanda Pagano 8:30–9:05
2The International Framework: UNFCCC and the Paris AgreementJohn C. Dernbach 8:30–9:05
3The ChallengeJeffrey D. Sachs 9:05–9:30
4Local Government Efforts to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate ChangeWendi Goldsmith , Margaret Peloso , Sarah Wu 9:30–10:30
5Morning Break10:30–10:45
6Legal and Regulatory Framework at the Federal and State Level: Implementing the Paris Agreement and the Clean Power PlanMegan Ceronsky , Robert B. McKinstry, Jr. , Robert “Bo” Reiley 10:45–12:00
7Lunch Speaker | Pennsylvania's Climate Future: Perils and PossibilitiesJohn Quigley 12:00–1:00
8Deep De-carbonization: The Economic Implications of the Future Legal and Regulatory FrameworkLindsay Baxter , C. Baird Brown , John C. Dernbach 1:00–2:00
9Deep De-carbonization: The Technical and Policy ChallengeJohn Byrne , Kathleen Robertson , Nicholas Steckler 2:00–3:00
10Afternoon Break3:00–3:15
11Ethical Framework: Achieving Environmental and Intergenerational JusticeKenneth T. Kristl , Michael G. Mahoney , Amy Sinden 3:15–4:15
12Conclusion What Can Lawyers Do?Steve Harvey 4:15–5:00
13Cocktail Hour5:00–6:00

Who's Speaking?

Gaetan J. Alfano

Gaetan J. Alfano

Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association

Lindsay Baxter

Lindsay Baxter

Program Manager of Energy & Climate, Pennsylvania Environmental Counsel

C. Baird Brown

C. Baird Brown

Attorney, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

John Byrne

John Byrne

Chairman and President of the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment

Megan Ceronsky

Megan Ceronsky

Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President, the White House

John C. Dernbach

John C. Dernbach

Commonwealth Professor of Environmental Law and Sustainability and Director, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, at Widener University Commonwealth School of Law

Wendi Goldsmith

Wendi Goldsmith

Director, Center for Urban Watershed Renewal, Center for Urban Watershed Renewal

Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey

Director, A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate Change

Kenneth T. Kristl

Kenneth T. Kristl

Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, Widener University Delaware Law School

Michael G. Mahoney

Michael G. Mahoney

Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Chief Environmental Counsel, Pfizer, Inc., and Chair, Environmental Committee, New York City Bar

Robert B. McKinstry, Jr.

Robert B. McKinstry, Jr.

Attorney, Ballard Spahr LLP

Yolanda Pagano

Yolanda Pagano

Director, A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate Change

Margaret Peloso

Margaret Peloso

Attorney, Vinson & Elkins

John Quigley

John Quigley

Senior Fellow, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, former Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Robert “Bo” Reiley

Robert “Bo” Reiley

Assistant Director, Bureau of Regulatory Counsel, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Kathleen Robertson

Kathleen Robertson

Sr. Environmental & Fuels Policy Manager, Federal Regulatory Affairs for Exelon Corporation

Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs

University Professor at Columbia University and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Sustainable Development Goals

Amy Sinden

Amy Sinden

James E. Beasley Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law

Nicholas Steckler

Nicholas Steckler

Analyst, US Power Markets, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Sarah Wu

Sarah Wu

Deputy Director for Planning, Mayor's Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia

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