Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium

Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium

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Date and Time

  • Friday, April 15, 2011


Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Climate & Energy Law Symposium

Advancing a Clean Energy Future


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Symposium Overview

The University of San Diego's Third Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium will examine emerging law and policy approaches to encourage clean energy. Clean energy refers to the diverse set of technologies that can help meet our needs for energy while limiting its impact on the environment. Shifting to cleaner energy is an essential task for mitigating climate change.

The symposium will bring together legal and policy experts from across the country to address a variety of key issues including the coordination of state and federal roles in the clean energy sector; the design of policies and markets for renewable energy and energy efficiency; and the balance between energy and environmental protection.

The symposium is co-hosted by the Energy Policy Initiatives Center and the San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law. Scholarly articles written for the symposium will be published in the journal's third volume.

Presenting Sponsor:
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Platinum Sponsor:
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Gold Sponsor:
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Symposium Agenda

8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast⁄Registration
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome
Kevin Cole, Dean and Professor of Law, University of San Diego
Lesley K. McAllister, Professor of Law, University of San Diego
Arash Ebrahimi, Editor in Chief, San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law
Scott J. Anders, Director, Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Jon Wellinghoff imageKeynote
Jon Wellinghoff
Chairman of the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

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

Panel One
States in the Lead: What Role for Washington?

Michael Picker, Senior Advisor to the Governor for Renewable Energy Facilities, State of California
Jim Rossi, Harry M. Walborsky Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Florida State University College of Law
Joseph P. Tomain, Dean Emeritus and the Wilbert and Helen Ziegler Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law
Steven Weissman, Lecturer in Residence; Director of the Energy and Cleantech Program; Associate Director for the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment, University of California Berkeley School of Law
Moderator: Jennifer Hein, General Counsel–West Region, NRG Energy

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 2:45 p.m.

Panel Two
Policies and Markets for Renewables & Efficiency

Lincoln Davies, Associate Professor of Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Kirsten Engel, Professor of Law, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Dian Grueneich, Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Partner, Morrison & Foerster
David Spence, Associate Professor, Law, Politics & Regulation; Co-Director of the Energy Management & Innovation Center, University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business
Moderator: Sophie A. Akins, Partner, Best Best & Krieger LLP

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Coffee Break
3:00 – 4:45p.m.

Panel Three
Striking the Energy/Environment Balance

Robert L. Glicksman, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law, George Washington University Law School
Alexandra B. Klass, Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
Michael Reed, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law
Nilmini Silva-Send, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law; Senior Policy Analyst for the Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law
Moderator:  Richard J. Lazarus, Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Professor of Law, Georgetown University; Stanley Legro Professor of Environmental Law, University of San Diego School of Law

4:45 - 5:30 p.m. Karen Douglas imageKeynote
Karen Douglas
Commissioner and Former Chairman, California Energy Commission (CEC)
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Closing Reception

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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 activity is approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 7.25 hours of general credit.

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Location & Directions

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:

  • Proceed up the hill and follow the signs to the West Parking structure. Attendants will direct you to a parking space.
  • Tram service will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. from the West Parking structure to Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, which will be the first building on your left side (across from Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice).
  • The symposium will be held in Warren Auditorium, which will be down the hall on your right side in room 116.
  • View Mother Rosalie Hill Hall on USD's campus map.

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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Previous Symposia

April 9, 2010:
Next-Generation Regulation: Instrument Choice in Climate Law

February 20, 2009:
Federal Preemption or State Prerogative: California in the Face of National Climate Policy


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