Fourth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium

Fourth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium

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Date and Time

  • Friday, November 9, 2012


Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Climate & Energy Law Symposium

Law in a Distributed Energy Future



Symposium Overview

The University of San Diego School of Law's fourth annual Climate and Energy Law Symposium will examine emerging law and policy approaches to encourage and accommodate distributed energy solutions. Historically, electricity has been generated by large power plants located far from consumers and delivered via long transmission lines. While that model remains largely intact, a gradual shift is occurring toward more localized energy production.

The symposium will bring together legal and policy experts from across the country to address a variety of key issues including the latest developments in the rules that govern the electricity grid change to incorporate distributed generation, possibilities for generating energy at the neighborhood and community levels, the legal and policy innovations at the federal, state and local levels that are most needed to usher in a distributed energy future.

Presenting Sponsor:
SDG&E logo

Gold Sponsor:
NGR logo

Silver Sponsor:
Best Best and Krieger logo

Event Partner:San Diego County Bar Association logo

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Symposium Agenda

8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast ⁄ Registration
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome
  • Stephen P. Ferruolo, Dean and Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Lesley K. McAllister, Stanley Legro Professor in Environmental Law, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Joshua Dennis, 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. Carla Peterman photoKeynote
Carla Peterman
Commissioner, California Energy Commission
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
10:15 a.m. – Noon Panel One
The Rules of the Grid
  • Tom Brill, Director of Strategic Analysis, San Diego Gas & Electric
  • Tim Duane, Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Joel B. Eisen, Professor of Law, University of Richmond School of Law
  • Jason Keyes, Attorney, Interstate Renewable Energy Council
  • Moderator: Scott J. Anders, Director, Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law
Noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 2:45 p.m. Panel Two
Community-Scale Generation
  • Sara C. Bronin, Associate Professor of Law & Program Director, Center for Energy & Environmental Law, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Edward Randolph, Director, Energy Division, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Katherine Trisolini, Associate Professor of Law, Loyola School of Law
  • Hannah Wiseman, Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Law
  • Moderator: Julia Pettit, Stoel Rives
2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Coffee Break
3:00 – 4:45 p.m. Panel Three
Legal Innovation and Diffusion
4:45 - 5:30 p.m. Ken Alex photoKeynote
Ken Alex
Senior Policy Advisor to California Governor Jerry Brown and Director of the Office of Planning and Research
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Closing Reception

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Registration Information

Registration categories and fees are provided below. Registration fees include breakfast, lunch and a reception. San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) Members receive a 25% discount. Please contact SDBCA for discount code before registering online.

Registration Category
October 19
General Admission  $ 100 $ 125
USD Law Alumni, Academic, Government, and Non-profit 50 75
Students and USD Faculty & Staff 5 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 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 15, 2011:
Advancing a Clean Energy Future

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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