First Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium

First Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium

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Date and Time

  • Friday, February 20, 2009 at 8:00 a.m.


Mother Rosalie Hill Hall Warren Auditorium, Room 116

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




The University of San Diego School of Law presents the First Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium, with the theme “Federal Preemption or State Prerogative: California in the Face of National Climate Policy.” The Symposium is co-sponsored by the Energy Policy Initiatives Center and the San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law. Scholarly articles written for the Symposium will be published in the Journal's inaugural issue.

To view a webcast of this event, please see the Webcasts page.




Our Symposium theme is “Federal Preemption or State Prerogative: California in the Face of National Climate Policy.” State governments have taken the lead in developing climate change law and policy in the United States. A leader among states, California passed the Global Warming Solutions Act in 2006 and is actively developing regulatory programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. California also participates in the Western Climate Initiative, an effort by seven states and four Canadian provinces to develop a regional cap and trade program. Yet all this activity is occurring in the shadow of existing and future federal law that could be determined to preempt it. Among the broad questions that will be addressed at the Symposium include: What is the significance of state and regional efforts given the likelihood of national climate policy? Which aspects of climate policy are best administered at the state level, and which require the coordination capacity of the federal government? What does the country's forty year history of federal-state relations in environmental law provide in the way of models and lessons for shared authority in climate law? Until federal policy is in place, how should the federal government respond to state and regional efforts?

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AGENDA (subject to change)

8 – 8:45 am Continental Breakfast/Registration
8:45 – 9:15 am Welcome
9:15 – 10:15 am Keynote: Mary D. Nichols, Chairman, California Air Resources Board
10:15 – 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 – 12 pm

A Presumption against Preemption in Climate Law?

William W. Buzbee, Professor of Law, Emory Law School
Ann E. Carlson, Professor of Law, UC Los Angeles School of Law
Victor Flatt, A.L. O'Quinn Chair in Environmental Law, University of Houston Law Center
Lorie Schmidt, Senior Counsel, House Energy and Commerce Committee

John Lormon, Esq., Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

12 – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 – 2:45 pm

Integrating State, Regional and Federal Regulatory Initiatives

Matt Bogoshian, Deputy Secretary for Law Enforcement and Counsel, California Environmental Protection Agency
Alice Kaswan, Professor of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law
Lesley K. McAllister, Associate Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law
John H. Minan, Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law

Kelly E. Richardson, Esq., Latham & Watkins LLP

2:45 – 3 pm Coffee Break
3 – 4:30 pm

Remaking Cooperative Federalism for Climate Law

S. William Becker, Executive Director, National Association of Clean Air Agencies
Joseph F.C. DiMento, Professor of Law, UC Irvine School of Law
Daniel A. Farber, Sho Sato Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law
Clifford Rechtschaffen, Special Assistant Attorney General, California Department of Justice, and Professor of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law

Rob Wilder, CEO and Founder, Wildershares LLC

4:30 – 5 pm Concluding Remarks: Richard J. Lazarus, Visiting Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law; Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center
5 – 6 pm Reception

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Mary D. Nichols
Chairman, California Air Resources Board

Mary D. Nichols was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as Chairman of the California Air Resources Board in July 2007. She returns to the Air Board 30 years after serving as the Chairman under Governor Jerry Brown from 1978 to 1983. Nichols has devoted her entire career in public and private, not-for-profit service to advocating for the environment and public health. In addition to her work at the Air Board, she has held a number of positions, including: assistant administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air and Radiation program under the Clinton Administration, Secretary for California's Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003, and Director of the University of California, Los Angeles Institute of the Environment. As one of California's first environmental lawyers, she initiated precedent-setting test cases under the Federal Clean Air Act and California air quality laws while practicing as a staff attorney for the Center for Law in the Public Interest. Nichols holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University. In her return as Chairman, Nichols' priorities include moving the state's landmark climate change program ahead, as well as steering the Board through numerous efforts to curb diesel pollution at ports, and continuing to pass regulations aimed at providing cleaner air for Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley. She values innovation, partnerships and common-sense approaches to addressing the state's air issues. The Air Resources Board leads the country in working with the public, the business sector, and local governments to protect the public's health, the economy and the state's ecological resources through the most cost-effective reduction of air pollution. The Board now employs roughly 1,200 engineers, scientists and attorneys, with an annual operating budget of more than $750 million.

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S. William Becker
Executive Director, National Association of Clean Air Agencies

Bill Becker is the Executive Director of NACAA – the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (formerly STAPPA and ALAPCO), an association of state and local air pollution control agencies in 53 states and territories and over 165 major metropolitan areas across the country. NACAA’s members have primary responsibility under the Clean Air Act for implementing our nation’s air pollution control programs.

In addition to managing NACAA’s headquarters office in Washington, DC, Mr. Becker serves as the association’s chief spokesperson and liaison with Congress, representatives of elected state and local officials, federal officials, and public and private interest groups, with the goal of giving state and local air regulators an effective voice in the development and implementation of clean air laws, regulations and policies. In addition, he manages all aspects of NACAA’s efforts related to an array of critical air quality issues, including health-based air quality standards, global warming, toxic air pollution, motor vehicles, energy and enforcement. Mr. Becker has received a number of awards, including among others, the S. Smith Griswold Outstanding Air Pollution Control Official Award in 2008 and being named by Scientific American as one of our nation’s top environmental policy leaders in 2001-2002.

Prior to joining NACAA in 1980, Mr. Becker worked for the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, and directed the environmental affairs departments for two national associations. He received a Civil Engineering degree in 1971 from Syracuse University, and a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

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Matt Bogoshian
Deputy Secretary for Law Enforcement and Counsel
California Environmental Protection Agency

Matt Bogoshian presently serves as the Deputy Secretary for Law Enforcement and Counsel at the California Environmental Protection Agency. As Cal EPA's chief counselor and law enforcement official, Matt is responsible for ensuring that California's numerous environmental agencies take consistent, effective and coordinated actions to protect public health and the environment. Cal EPA is the Governor's cabinet level agency composed of six constituent state agencies and nearly 5000 thousand employees. The Cal EPA agencies include the California Air Resources Board (ARB), State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCBs)and the Integrated Waste Management Board (IWMB) under an umbrella agency with the newly created Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR).

Before his appointment by Governor Schwarzenegger last year, he served for more than twelve years as a Deputy District Attorney for the Monterey County Office of the District Attorney. As the lead environmental prosecutor, Matt co-led the statewide prosecution of the 7-Eleven case which resulted in the court ordered creation of the multi-million dollar California Environmental Protection Prosecution Fund administered by the California Attorney General. He served as the Fund's first Chairperson and received the California Attorney General's Award of Distinction for his work.

Mr. Bogoshian earned a JD from the University of California Davis, a Masters of Public Administration from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State University.

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William W. Buzbee
Emory Law School

William W. Buzbee is a Professor of Law, Director of the Emory Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, and a Director of Emory’s new Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance.  He has been a Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School (2003) and Cornell Law School (2006), and taught in 2003, 2005, and 2007 for the Leiden-Amsterdam-Columbia Law School Summer Program in American Law.  Professor Buzbee helped design and launch the Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory Law School. He still chairs its Advisory Board. Professor Buzbee is also a founding Member Scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, a Washington D.C.-based regulatory think tank.

Professor Buzbee's scholarship focuses on environmental law, administrative law, and other public law topics, with his most recent work focusing on regulatory federalism and design issues.  His books include “Preemption Choice: The Theory, Law & Reality of Federalism’s Core Question” (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2008) and “Environmental Protection: Law and Policy” (5th ed. Aspen 2007) (with R. Glicksman, D. Markell, D. Mandelker, and D. Tarlock).  Recent articles include “Adjudicatory Triggers of Enhanced Ambient Environment Information,” 83 Indiana Law Journal 583 (2008); “Asymmetrical Regulation: Risk, Preemption, and the Floor/Ceiling Distinction,” 82 New York University Law Review 1547 (2007); and “Interaction’s Promise: Preemption Policy Shifts, Risk Regulation, and Experimentalism Lessons,” 57 Emory Law Journal 146 (2007). Three of his articles have been named among the ten best environmental or land use law articles of that year and republished in the Land Use and Environment Law Review.  Professor Buzbee received his JD from Columbia Law School in 1986 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Amherst College in 1983.

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Ann E. Carlson
University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law

Ann E. Carlson is Professor of Law and the inaugural Faculty Director of the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law. She is also on the faculty of the UCLA Institute of the Environment. Professor Carlson teaches Property, Environmental Law and Climate Change Law and Policy and was the recipient of the 2006 Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching. She served as the law school’s academic associate dean from 2004-2006. Her scholarship in environmental law focuses on climate change law and policy, federalism and the role social norms play in affecting environmentally cooperative behavior.

Professor Carlson’s most recent publications include “Iterative Federalism and Climate Change,” forthcoming in the Northwestern University Law Review, “Implementing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Caps: A Case Study of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power,” 55 UCLA Law Review 1479 (2008) and “Heat Waves, Global Warming & Mitigation, Issues” in “Legal Scholarship, Catastrophic Risks: Prevention, Compensation and Recovery” (, 2007), reprinted in 26 UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy 169 (2008). Her article “How the Supreme Court’s Takings Jurisprudence Affects Local Land Use Decisions” (with D. Pollack), 35 U.C. Davis Law Review 103 (2001) was selected by the Land Use and Environment Law Review as one of the top ten environmental articles of the year. She is also co-author (with R. Findley, D. Farber and J. Freeman) of “Cases and Materials on Environmental Law” (7th Ed., 2006). Carlson received her JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1989 and her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1982.

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Joseph F.C. DiMento
University of California, Irvine, School of Law

Professor Joseph F.C. DiMento graduated cum laude with a B.A. in government from the Harvard College, and earned his JD and PhD from the University of Michigan.  His areas of expertise include law, environment and urban planning (local, state, federal comparative and international land use, planning and environmental law); law and society; alternative dispute resolution and conflict resolution; and organizational response to innovations (legal, management, planning).

Professor DiMento has held numerous academic positions including, the University of California, Irvine with the School of Social Ecology Planning, Policy and Design; Criminology, Law and Society; Paul Merage School of Business; Global Peace and Conflict Studies; Newkirk Center for Science and Society; a focused research Group in International Environmental Cooperation; and Assistant executive vice chancellor. He has also taught at Whittier Law School, the University of Florida Law School, University of Michigan Law School/PhD Program in Urban and Regional Planning, and the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Professor DiMento has authored or co-authored 10 books on environmental law, urban planning and related issues, particularly, Climate Change; What It Means To Us, Our Children and Our Grandchildren, by DiMento and Doughman (eds)(MIT, 2007). He is a prolific contributor to academic journals, including Duke Law Journal, the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation, Ecology Law Quarterly, Natural Resources Lawyer, Journal of Urban Law, Land Use and Environmental Law Review, Zoning and Planning Law Report, Michigan Bar Journal, Journal of Environmental Systems, Journal of Social Issues, Georgetown International Environmental Law Review and many others. He also has been published in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor and other publications.

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Daniel A. Farber
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Professor Daniel A. Farber received a B.A. in philosophy with high honors in 1971 and an MA in sociology in 1972, both from the University of Illinois. In 1975 he earned his JD from the University of Illinois, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, editor in chief of the "University of Illinois Law Review," a Harno Scholar and class valedictorian. After graduating, Professor Farber clerked for Judge Philip W. Tone of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. He then practiced law with Sidley & Austin before joining the faculty of the University of Illinois Law School. He became a member of the University of Minnesota Law School faculty in 1981 and has served as a visiting professor at Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago Law School. He joined UC Berkeley in 2002, where he is the Sho Sato Professor of Law, co-Director of the Center for Environmental Law & Policy, and Chair of the Energy and Resources Group.

Professor Farber has published more than 15 books including “Judgment Calls: Politics and Principles in Constitutional Law" (Oxford University Press, 2008) (with S. Sherry); Disasters and the Law: Katrina and Beyond" (Aspen, 2006) (with J. Chen), and "Eco-Pragmatism: Making Sensible Environmental Decisions in an Uncertain World" (University of Chicago Press, 1999).  He has written many articles on environmental and constitutional law as well as on contracts, jurisprudence and legislation. He is a pioneer in the emerging field of Disaster Law, which examines legal issues related to society's ability to deal effectively with the aftermath of catastrophes and the risk of future disasters.  Some of his most recent publications relating to climate change include “Apportioning Climate Change Costs,” 26 UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy 21 (2007/2008); Basic Compensation for Victims of Climate Change,” 155 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1605 (2007); and “Adapting to Climate Change: Who Should Pay?” 23 Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law 1 (2007).

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Victor Flatt
University of Houston Law Center

Professor Victor Flatt is the A.L. O'Quinn Chair in Environmental Law at the University of Houston Law Center. He earned his B.A., magna cum laude, in Chemistry and Mathematics at Vanderbilt University in 1985, where he was a Harold Stirling Vandrerbilt Scholar, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and the analytical laboratory coordinator for the Student Environmental Health Project. He graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in 1988, where he was a John Henry Wigmore Scholar and Order of the Coif.  After law school, Professor Flatt clerked for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and worked in private practice in complex environmental law in Seattle, Washington.  Professor Flatt joined the University of Houston Law Center in 2002 as the first permanent A.L. O'Quinn Chair in Environmental Law. Prior to this, he was a Professor of Law and head of the Environmental Law program at Georgia State University School of Law, and he has been a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Georgia, University of Washington, Seattle University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Professor Flatt has published numerous books and articles in environmental law, with particular attention to environmental administration.  Recent works include “Legal Protection of the Environment (Thomson West, 2nd ed., 2007) (with Johnston and Funk);  “Act Locally, Affect Globally: Why Local Government is the Best Arena for Engagement and Work with the Private Sector to Control Environmental Harms,” 35 Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review 455 (2008); “Taking the Legislative. Temperature: Which Federal Climate Change Legislative Proposal is “Best”?, 102 Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy 123 (2007); and “Gasping for Breath: The Administrative Flaws of Federal Hazardous Air Pollution Regulation, 34 Ecology Law Quarterly 107 (2007).  Five of his articles have been recognized as winners or finalists in the annual best of environmental and land use law compendium published by the Land Use and Environment Law Review.

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Alice Kaswan
University of San Francisco School of Law

Professor Alice Kaswan received a BS with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned her JD from Harvard University graduating cum laude.  Prior to joining the law faculty of the University of San Francisco, she was a law clerk for The Honorable Marie L. Garibaldi of the New Jersey Supreme Court, and later, an associate at Berle, Kass & Case and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Professor Kaswan also served as an Assistant Professor at Columbus School of Law, Catholic University.

Professor Kaswan teaches in the areas of Administrative Law, Environmental Law, International Environmental Law, and Property.  She has published numerous articles in law journals throughout the country. Among her most recent articles are, "A Cooperative Federalism Proposal for Climate Legislation: The Value of State Autonomy in a Federal System," 85 Denver University Law Review 791 (2008); "Environmental Justice and Domestic Climate Change Policy," 38 Environmental Law Reporter 10287 (2008); "The Domestic Response to Global Climate Change: What Role for Federal, State, and Litigation Initiatives?" 42 University of San Francisco Law Review 39 (2007); and "Climate Change and the Courts," Environmental Litigation Reporter(Thomson West), Vol. 28, Issue 6 (October 17, 2007).

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Richard J. Lazarus
Georgetown University Law Center

Richard J. Lazarus is a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law and a Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Supreme Court Institute at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Torts, and Supreme Court Advocacy. He previously worked for the U.S. Justice Department, in both the Environmental and Natural Resources Division and the Solicitor General's Office, where he was assistant to the Solicitor General. Professor Lazarus has represented the United States, state and local governments, and environmental groups in the U.S. Supreme Court in approximately 37 cases, many of which raised natural resource and environmental law issues. Professor Lazarus serves on several national advisory boards, including Environmental Defense's Litigation Review Committee.

Professor Lazarus’s books include “Environmental Law Stories” (Foundation Press, 2005) (co-edited with O. Houck) and “The Making of Environmental Law” (University of Chicago Press, 2004).  Professor Lazarus has also authored numerous book chapters and articles, most recently “Ulysses: the Sirens of Politics, and Climate Change: Binding the Present to Liberate the Future” 94 Cornell Law Review (forthcoming 2009); “Advocacy Matters Before and Within the U.S. Supreme Court: Transforming the Court by Transforming the Bar” 90 Georgetown Law Journal 1487 (2008); and “Environmental Law after Katrina: Reforming Environmental Law by Reforming Environmental Lawmaking” 81 Tulane Law Review 1019 (2007).  Professor Lazarus holds a BS from the University of Illinois in chemistry and a B.A. in economics, and a JD from Harvard Law School.

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John J. Lormon
Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP

John Lormon specializes in and is the group leader for Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch's environmental, land use and government affairs practice group.  Mr. Lormon has managed numerous federal and state Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Superfund cases.  He has special expertise in land use and environmental regulatory matters.  He was team leader for Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich's environmental and land use practice group for eight years before joining Procopio. 

He was appointed by the Governor to the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region 9 (1992 to 1996), and to the State Coastal Conservancy (1997 to 2004).  Currently Mr. Lormon is a member of the Directors Cabinet for Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where he co-chairs the Climate Task Force and a member of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Regional Infrastructure and Special Projects Committee.  He is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy and Resources and a member of the Section’s Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems Committee.

Mr. Lormon received his undergraduate and law degree from Boston College and is a member of the California, Alaska and Massachusetts bars.

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Lesley K. McAllister
University of San Diego School of Law

Professor Lesley K. McAllister teaches and conducts research in the areas of environmental law, property law, and comparative and international law.  She holds a PhD from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley (2004); a JD with distinction from Stanford Law School (2000); and a BSE, magna cum laude, from Princeton University (1991).  Before joining the University of San Diego law faculty, Professor McAllister clerked for the Honorable Fern M. Smith of the Northern District of California and also worked for Earthjustice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Regional Counsel. 

Professor McAllister’s publications include her book “Making Law Matter:  Environmental Protection and Legal Institutions in Brazil” (Stanford University Press, 2008), as well as various book chapters and articles including “The Overallocation Problem in Cap-and-Trade: Moving Toward Stringency,” 34 Columbia Journal of Environmental Law (forthcoming 2009); “On Environmental Enforcement and Compliance:  A Reply to Professor Crawford’s Review of ‘Making Law Matter: Environmental Protection and Legal Institutions in Brazil,’” 40 George Washington International Law Review  (forthcoming 2009); “Sustainable Consumption Governance in the Amazon,” Environmental Law Reporter (forthcoming, 2008);  “Revisiting a “Promising Institution”: Public Law Litigation in the Civil Law World,” 24 Georgia State University Law Review 693 (2008); “Beyond Playing ‘Banker’: The Role of the Regulatory Agency in Emissions Trading,”59 Administrative Law Review 269 (2007); and “Judging GMOs: Judicial Application of the Precautionary Principle in Brazil,” 32 Ecology Law Quarterly 149 (2005).

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John H. Minan
University of San Diego School of Law

Professor John H. Minan was a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and a law professor at the University of Toledo before coming to USD in 1977. He has taught at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, and at the United States Naval Academy. He teaches and writes in the areas of land-use planning, property, water rights and comparative law; and is nationally recognized in the field of solar energy law. He has authored or co-authored nine books, four contributions to books, more than 4 0 law review articles and numerous published reports and proceedings. Minan served on the Board of Governors of the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project and on the San Diego River Conservancy. From 1999-2006, he served on the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, and was its chairman for six-consecutive terms. He is currently on the Council of the ABA’s Section of State and Local Government, and on its Publications Oversight Committee. Professor Minan received his BS from the University of Louisville, MBA from the University of Kentucky, and JD from the University of Oregon.

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Clifford Rechtschaffen
Special Assistant Attorney General, California Department of Justice
Golden Gate University School of Law

Professor Clifford Rechtschaffen received his A.B. degree from the Princeton University, and earned a JD from Yale Law School. He specializes in Environmental Law, and has taught courses in California Environmental and Natural Resources Law, Civil Procedure, Environmental Law and Policy, Environmental Law Clinic: Public Natural Resources Law and Policy, and Toxics Law and Policy. Also, Professor Rechtschaffen received a Fulbright fellowship to teach International Environmental Law in Slovenia in 2005. In addition to academia, Professor Rechtschaffen practiced environmental law with the California Attorney General and is currently a special assistant to California Attorney General Jerry Brown on climate change issues. 

Professor Rechtschaffen’s books include “Environmental Enforcement, Cases & Materials” (Carolina Academic Press, 2007) (with J. Mintz & R. Kuehn); “Creative Common Law Strategies to Protect the Environment” (Environmental Law Institute, 2007) (with D. Antolini); and “Reinventing Environmental Enforcement and the State/Federal Relationship.” (Environmental Law Institute 2003) (with D. Markell).  His articles include “Strategies for Implementing the Environmental Justice Vision,” 1 Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal 321 (2008); “Shining the Spotlight on European Union Environmental Compliance,” 24 Pace Environmental Law Review 161 (2007); “Promoting Pragmatic Risk Regulation: Is Enforcement Discretion the Answer?” 52 University of Kansas Law Review 1327 (2004); "Enforcing the Clean Water Act in the Twenty-First Century: Harnessing the Power of the Public Spotlight," 55 Alabama Law Review 775 (2004); and “Improving State Environmental Enforcement Performance through Enhanced Government Accountability and other Strategies,” 33 Environmental Law Reporter 10557 (2003)(with D. Markell).  The latter two articles were selected for special recognition as among the best articles in their years of publication.

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Kelly E. Richardson
Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

Kelly E. Richardson is a partner in the San Diego office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Richardson handles a variety of environmental compliance, transactional and litigation matters emphasizing hazardous waste management, storm water compliance, waste water compliance, site cleanups, air issues and due diligence. He represents clients in administrative enforcement matters, environmental permitting and environmental insurance coverage litigation. Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, Mr. Richardson gained nearly a decade of experience in environmental compliance and engineering with a large international oil company.

Mr. Richardson is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of San Diego Law School, and is the past Co-Chair of the San Diego County Bar Association's Environmental Section. He is a frequent speaker at environmental conferences and has published articles on various environmental issues.

Mr. Richardson is a member of the California, San Diego, Nevada, Hawaii and American Bar Associations.

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Lorie Schmidt
Senior counsel, US House Committee on Energy and Commerce

Lorie Schmidt received her undergraduate degree from Purdue University in 1981 and her law degree from Harvard Law School in 1984. After law school, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable James E. Noland, U.S. District Court from 1984 to 1986. Before joining the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce as senior counsel for the Democratic staff, she worked as an associate at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker from 1986 to 1991; as an attorney and supervisor at the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of General Counsel from 1991 to 1997; and as a senior attorney advisor in the policy office of EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation from 1997 to 2005.

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Robert Wilder
CEO and Founder, Wildershares, LLC

Robert Wilder is CEO & Founder of Wildershares, LLC and the Manager of the WilderHill Clean Energy Index. In 2008, the tracking fund (PBW) of the first of the WilderHill Indexes (ECO) was named by Lipper® as the #1 Ranked Small Cap Core Fund of 2007 for its performance. Also, the Clean Energy Index® was featured as “the Dow Jones industrial average of global warming” by USA Today in 2007, with the exchange traded fund (ETF) called “Best ETF for 2007”. Dr. Wilder’s work was recognized in 2006 by an “Outstanding Individual Achievement” Award, and shortly after launching the tracking fund for ECO was named "Most Innovative New ETF Product in 2005."

Dr. Wilder is author of the 1998 book, "Listening to the Sea," that links marine biodiversity to smart and cost-effective energy technologies that prevent pollution. His book chapters and articles have appeared in Nature, National Academy of Sciences Press, Engineering News-Record, UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, University of Chicago Press, the Journal of Alternative Investments, and elsewhere.  His awards include a Fulbright Fellowship, an American Assn. for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) / EPA Fellowship in Environmental Science & Technology, and National Academy of Sciences Young Investigator Award (twice). He serves as a Trustee for the Society for Conservation Biology, and sits on other boards. Dr. Wilder previously was on the faculty at University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and coordinated a national program for The Nature Conservancy. More recently, he has been a Visiting Lecturer at University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Wilder holds a PhD from University of California at Santa Barbara and a JD from the University of San Diego School of Law.

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