Addressing the Challenge of Climate Change: The Role of the Law and Lawyers
CLE on November 16, 2016 | Philadelphia, PA
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 email@example.com.
CLE Provided by the Philadelphia Bar Association
7.5 credit CLE course, including one ethics credit
|1||Introductions and Setting the Tone||Gaetan J. Alfano , Steve Harvey , Yolanda Pagano||8:30–9:05|
|2||The International Framework: UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement||John C. Dernbach||8:30–9:05|
|3||The Challenge||Jeffrey D. Sachs||9:05–9:30|
|4||Local Government Efforts to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change||Wendi Goldsmith , Margaret Peloso , Sarah Wu||9:30–10:30|
|6||Legal and Regulatory Framework at the Federal and State Level: Implementing the Paris Agreement and the Clean Power Plan||Megan Ceronsky , Robert B. McKinstry, Jr. , Robert “Bo” Reiley||10:45–12:00|
|7||Lunch Speaker | Pennsylvania's Climate Future: Perils and Possibilities||John Quigley||12:00–1:00|
|8||Deep De-carbonization: The Economic Implications of the Future Legal and Regulatory Framework||Lindsay Baxter , C. Baird Brown , John C. Dernbach||1:00–2:00|
|9||Deep De-carbonization: The Technical and Policy Challenge||John Byrne , Kathleen Robertson , Nicholas Steckler||2:00–3:00|
|11||Ethical Framework: Achieving Environmental and Intergenerational Justice||Kenneth T. Kristl , Michael G. Mahoney , Amy Sinden||3:15–4:15|
|12||Conclusion What Can Lawyers Do?||Steve Harvey||4:15–5:00|
Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association
Program Manager of Energy & Climate, Pennsylvania Environmental Counsel
Attorney, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Chairman and President of the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment
Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President, the White House
Commonwealth Professor of Environmental Law and Sustainability and Director, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, at Widener University Commonwealth School of Law
Director, Center for Urban Watershed Renewal, Center for Urban Watershed Renewal
Director, A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate Change
Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, Widener University Delaware Law School
Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Chief Environmental Counsel, Pfizer, Inc., and Chair, Environmental Committee, New York City Bar
Attorney, Ballard Spahr LLP
Director, A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate Change
Attorney, Vinson & Elkins
Senior Fellow, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, former Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Assistant Director, Bureau of Regulatory Counsel, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Sr. Environmental & Fuels Policy Manager, Federal Regulatory Affairs for Exelon Corporation
University Professor at Columbia University and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Sustainable Development Goals
James E. Beasley Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Analyst, US Power Markets, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Deputy Director for Planning, Mayor's Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia