Climate & Energy Law Symposium

Climate & Energy Law Symposium

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Date and Time

  • Friday, April 9, 2010


Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Climate and Energy Law Symposium

Next-Generation Regulation: Instrument Choice in Climate Law

Symposium Overview | Pre-Symposium Workshop | Symposium Agenda
MCLE Credit | Location & Directions | Contact Information

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Symposium Overview

The University of San Diego's Second Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium will explore various regulatory approaches being proposed and adopted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Panels will focus on how innovative policy instruments such as emissions trading and carbon taxes complement, displace and otherwise interact with traditional regulatory approaches.

This year’s Symposium will include a half-day pre-symposium workshop that will explore how California’s environmental protection laws, such as the California Environmental Quality Act, affect the permitting and siting process for energy projects that could help California achieve its ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Presenting Sponsor:

Sempra Energy Logo


Lead Sponsor:

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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 second issue.

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Pre-Symposium Workshop (Thursday, April 8)

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Registration
2:00 – 2:15 p.m.


3:15 – 3:15 p.m.

John Geesman – Co-chair, American Council on Renewable Energy and former California Energy Commissioner (2002-2008)

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Coffee Break
3:30 – 5:15 p.m.

Siting Energy Projects in California: Finding the Balance

Ken Alex – Senior Assistant Attorney General, State of California
V. John White – Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technology
Jeffrey Durocher – Wind Permitting Manager, Iberdrola
John McKinsey – Partner, Stoel Rives LLP
Moderator: John Lormon – Partner, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

5:15 – 5:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Pre-Symposium Reception

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Symposium Agenda (Friday, April 9)

8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast⁄Registration
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome
9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Image of Keynote Speaker Jody FreemanKeynote
Jody Freeman – Professor of Law, Harvard University; former White House Counselor for Energy and Climate Change

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
10:15 a.m. – Noon

Markets for Emissions Reductions: Cap & Trade and Beyond

David M. Driesen – University Professor, Syracuse University
Kevin Kennedy
– Assistant Executive Officer, Office of Climate Change, California Air Resources Board
Lesley K. McAllister – Associate Professor of Law, University of San Diego
Michael Wara
– Assistant Professor of Law, Stanford University
Moderator: Thomas R. Brill – Director, Corporate Regulatory Policy, Sempra Energy

Noon – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Climate Change and Tax Law

Reuven S. Avi-Yonah – Irwin I. Cohn Professor of Law, University of Michigan
David G. Duff – Professor of Law, University of British Columbia
Roberta Mann – Professor of Law, University of Oregon
Walter Wang – Founder and Managing Director, Sunflower Tax, LLC; Adjunct Professor of Law, University of San Diego
Moderator: Karen C. Burke – Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, University of San Diego

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Coffee Break
3:15 – 5:00 p.m.

Instrument Choice Over Time: Stability vs. Ossification

Leslie Carothers – President, Environmental Law Institute
Holly Doremus – Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley
Richard J. Lazarus – Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Professor of Law, Georgetown University; and the Stanley Legro Professor in Environmental Law, University of San Diego
Robert A. Wyman, Jr. – Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
Moderator: John H. Minan – Professor of Law, University of San Diego

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Closing Reception

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Registration Information

Registration categories and fees are provided below.

Registration Category
March 31
General Admission $ 100 $ 125
USD Law Alumni, Academic, Government, and Non-profit 50 75
Students and USD Faculty Free 10

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MCLE Credit Information

The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Board of California-approved MCLE provider, and certifies that this symposium is approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 6.25 hours of general credit. No MCLE credits are available for the Pre-Symposium Workshop.

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Location & Directions

The Pre-Symposium Workshop and Climate & Energy Law Symposium will take place at Mother Rosalie Hill Hall.

School of Leadership and Education Sciences (Mother Rosalie Hill Hall)
Warren Auditorium, Room 116
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego CA 92110

> Use I-5 South
> Exit Sea World Dr. &
    Tecolote Rd.
> Proceed left at stoplight
    toward Morena Blvd.
> Turn right on Morena Blvd.
> Left on Napa
> Left on Linda Vista Rd.
> Turn left on Marian Way
    for West Entrance
    to campus
> Use I-5 North
> Exit Morena Blvd.
    (signs will say: Morena
    Blvd. use I-8 East)
> Stay to the right and follow
    signs for Morena Blvd.
> Take the first right onto
    Linda Vista Rd.
> Turn left on Marian Way
    for West Entrance
    to campus
> Use I-8 West
> Exit at Morena Blvd.
> Go right onto
    Linda Vista Rd.
> Turn left on Marian Way
    for West Entrance
    to campus

From all directions, once you enter the west entrance, stop by the parking kiosk for a complimentary visitor permit, then:

  • Proceed up the hill to Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, which will be the first building on your left side (across from Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice)
  • Then make a left on Camino Way (first 4-way stop).
  • Turn left in the first driveway (near the tennis courts) and then another left into the underground parking garage.
  • Once you enter the garage, go straight and park in any white-lined parking space near the elevator.
  • After you park, go to the 1st floor and make a right once you step out of the elevator and then make a left.
  • The Warren Auditorium will be down the hall on your right side in room 116.
  • Campus Map. Look for building #5 on the map (Mother Rosalie Hill Hall).

Mass Transit
For attendees wishing to use mass transit, please be advised that schedules and services are limited; consulting schedules in advance is highly recommended. The most convenient hub is the Old Town Transit Center, which is served by bus, the San Diego Trolley, and the Coaster commuter train. The Old Town station is served by USD shuttle buses.
Click here for USD shuttle bus information.
Click here for Old Town Transit Center information

Hotel Partner
The University of San Diego’s lodging partner is Bartell Hotels. Shuttle service from Bartell Hotel’s The Dana on Mission Bay will be available to and from the symposium.

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