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Posted Oct. 3, 2013

UVA Law Symposium: Can the President Make a Difference on Climate Change?

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The Virginia Environmental Law Journal's symposium will be held Wednesday, Oct. 9, and bring together some of the country's leading experts on climate change law.

An upcoming symposium at the University of Virginia School of Law will bring together leading environmental law experts to discuss the president's authority to respond to climate change, both in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing communities for the impacts of an evolving climate.

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"Given Congress' plodding efforts to pass climate change legislation, it is important to consider what avenues remain for the president to curtail greenhouse gases and facilitate adaptation to the impacts of climate change," said third-year law student John Harding, senior research and projects editor of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal.

The symposium, "The Promise and Limits of Presidential Action on Climate Change," is sponsored by the journal and will be held Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 9:50 a.m. in Caplin Pavilion. Robert Sussman, former senior policy counsel of the EPA, will deliver a keynote address at 11:30 a.m.

"The Virginia Environmental Law Journal is bringing together some of the country’s leading experts on climate change law to discuss the efficacy of an executive way forward," Harding said.

The event's first panel will focus on the president's ability to impose policies that mitigate climate change, and will feature experts including UVA Law professor Michael Livermore; Jeff Holmstead, a former assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency; UCLA law professor Ann Carlson; Professor Robert Percival of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; and University of San Francisco law professor Alice Kaswan.

Another panel will weigh the president's authority to enact policies that can help communities adapt to climate change. It will also feature Kaswan, as well as UVA Law professor Jonathan Cannon, Duke law professor James Salzman and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill law professor Victor Flatt.

The symposium will be open to the public and parking will be available in the D2 lots.

 

Schedule - Wednesday, Oct. 9

9:50 a.m.
Coffee and Bodo's Bagels
Mitigation Panel
  • Associate Professor Michael Livermore, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Jeff Holmstead, former assistant administrator for the EPA
  • Professor Ann Carlson, UCLA School of Law
  • Professor Robert Percival, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Professor Alice Kaswan, University of San Francisco School of Law
11:30 a.m.
Keynote Address by Robert Sussman, former EPA senior policy counsel
Lunch by Sticks Kebob Shop

12:45 p.m.
Mitigation Panel

  • Professor Jon Cannon, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Professor James Salzman, Duke University School of Law
  • Professor Victor Flatt, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law
  • Professor Alice Kaswan, University of San Francisco School of Law