Earth Day Texas 2017 Environmental Law and Policy Symposium


Earth Day Texas 2017 Environmental Law and Policy Symposium

“People, Planet, and Profit”

A Convocation of Environmental Law Thought Leaders discussing

Key Legal Issues for a Protective and Productive Future

State Bar of Texas Approved 7 hours of CLE, including 2 hours of ethics Course #901374891

Friday, April 21 Hall of State, Fair Park, Dallas

7:30 AM to 8:30 AM            Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM to 8:45 AM            Opening Remarks, Jeff Civins, Haynes and Boone, LLP

8:45 AM to 10:15 AM          Topic 1:  Integrating science into regulatory decision-making.

Moderators:  Patrick J. Larkin, Strasburger, and Michael J. Nasi, Jackson Walker

  • Peter B. de Menocal, Dean of Science, Thomas Alva Edison/Con Ed Professor Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University
  • Steph Tai, Associate Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin School of Law
  • Charles D. McConnell, Executive Director, Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative
  • Lucy H. Fraiser, Principal, Zephyr Environmental Corporation

10:15 AM to 10:30 AM       Break

10:30 AM to 12:00               Topic 2: Reconciling energy and economic development with protection of the public health and the environment.

Moderator:  Melinda Taylor, Associate Director, Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business, University of Texas

  • Michael Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School
  • David Bookbinder, Chief Counsel, Niskanen Center
  • Scott W. Tinker, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Diana Liebmann, Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP

12:00 PM to 12:45 PM     Box Lunch / Discussion around tables

12:45 PM to 2:15 PM          Topic 3: Facilitating resolution of environmental disputes associated with development.

Moderators: Suzanne Murray, Haynes and Boone, LLP, and Teri Donaldson, DLA Piper

  • Carrie Thompson, Senior Program Manager, US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, Udall Foundation
  • Charles A. De Monaco, Partner, Fox Rothschild
  • Cassie Phillips, Director, Private Environmental Governance Initiative, Environmental Law Institute

2:15 PM to 3:45 PM            Topic 4: Integrating corporate sustainability and ethical considerations into corporate decision-making.

Moderators: Mary Simmons Mendoza, Haynes and Boone, LLP, and Connie Westfall, Strasburger

  • Susan Roberts, Walmart, Associate General Counsel
  • Irma Russell, Edward A. Smith/ Missouri Chair In Law, The Constitution, And Society University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • Natalie Stuckey, ‎Assistant General Counsel, Cummins Inc.
  • David Struhs, Vice-President, Corporate Services and Sustainability, Domtar Corporation

3:45 PM to 4:00 PM Wrap-up, Jeff Civins, Haynes and Boone, LLP

The symposium closes at 4:00 PM.  Attendees are invited to the following 30-minute live presentation.

“The Environment, Business and the EPA” 

Scott Pruitt, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


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