2009 Webcasts

December 17, 2009

Energy Summit Panel

Copenhagen UN Summit on Climate Change: An Update from California's Climate Team

A live interactive session that provided San Diego community leaders with an update on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP-15). The Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen was the latest round of international discussions on climate change. Governor Schwarzenegger’s Climate Team attended the conference. The members of the Climate Team agreed to participate in an interactive panel discussion that was transmitted live from Copenhagen. They provided their perspectives on how the proceedings in Copenhagen might affect U.S. and California policies, including national emissions targets, cap-and-trade policies and more.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Climate Team:

  • Linda Adams, Secretary for Environmental Protection
  • Mike Chrisman, Secretary for Natural Resources
  • A.G. Kawamura, Secretary of California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Mary Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board


  • From Copenhagen – Carl Nettleton, OpenOceans Global
  • From San Diego – John Lormon, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves, Savitch LLP

November 9, 2009

Michael BaronePhoto by Andrew Harnik

Joan E. Bowes-James Madison Lecture Series

"American Politics: Are we in a New Era?"
By Michael Barone

Michael Barone, senior political analyst, Washington Examiner; contributor, Fox News Channel; and resident fellow, American Enterprise Institute, delivers the keynote address titled American Politics: Are we in a New Era? for the sixth presentation of the Joan E. Bowes-James Madison Distinguished Lecture Series.

November 4, 2009

Navigating Current and Future Greenhouse Gas Regulations: The View from the General Counsel's Office

by Javade Chaudhri, executive vice president and general counsel for Sempra Energy

Mr. Chaudhri will discuss the implications to the energy industry of the most significant current and pending legal and policy developments in the effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions. He will also provide thoughts on the future direction of greenhouse gas regulation.

April 23, 2009

Jack Rakove

25th Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture

"The Poverty of Public Meaning Originalism"
by Jack Rakove, the William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies, and professor of Political Science and (by courtesy) of Law at Stanford University

Pulitzer Prize winning author Jack Rakove discusses the currently fashionable “public meaning” theory of constitutional interpretation which suggests that the best way to reconstruct the original meaning of the Constitution is to imagine how a somewhat neutral but informed and literate observer would have read the language of the constitutional text.

March 19, 2009

Mike Rosen

Patent Reform 

by Mike Rosen, patent litigator at Fish & Richardson P.C. and Adjunct Professor, University of San Diego School of Law

This lecture describes and analyzes legislation currently before Congress that proposes to change the patent laws in a number of ways. Mr. Rosen explains the proposed changes and their likely implications for patent lawyers and businesses.

February 20, 2009

JCEL Symposium

The First Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium

The First Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium at the University of San Diego School of Law took place on Friday, February 2009.  The theme was “Federal Preemption or State Prerogative: California in the Face of National Climate Policy.”  The symposium was 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, which is expected to be released in December 2009. If you are interested in receiving a copy, please contact Brigid Bennett.


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  • Welcome by Kevin Cole, Dean, University of San Diego, School of Law
  • Additional opening remarks by Lesley K. McAllisterThomas Del Monte and Scott Anders
  • Keynote by Mary D. Nichols, Chairman, California Air Resources Board 

PANEL ONE: A Presumption against Preemption in Climate Law?

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  • Moderator John Lormon, Esq., Partner, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP
  • Lorie Schmidt, Senior counsel, US House Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • S. William Becker, Executive Director, National Association of Clean Air Agencies
  • William W. Buzbee, Emory Law School
  • Victor Flatt, University of Houston Law Center
  • Q&A

PANEL TWO: Integrating State, Regional and Federal Regulatory Initiatives

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  • Moderator Kelly E. Richardson, Esq., Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Matt Bogoshian, Deputy Secretary for Law Enforcement and Counsel, California Environmental Protection Agency
  • Alice Kaswan, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Lesley K. McAllister, University of San Diego School of Law
  • John H. Minan, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Q&A 

PANEL THREE: Remaking Cooperative Federalism for Climate Law

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  • Moderator Robert Wilder, CEO & Founder of Wildershares, LLC
  • Ann E. Carlson, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law
  • Joseph F.C. DiMento, University of California, Irvine, School of Law
  • Daniel A. Farber, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
  • Clifford Rechtschaffen, Special Assistant Attorney General, California Department of Justice
  • Q&A
  • Concluding remarks by Richard J. Lazarus, Georgetown Law Center

January 7, 2009

kent Curtis

The Fourteenth Amendment and the Bill of Rights

What Have We Learned? Why Does it Matter?

More than 60 years have passed since Justice Hugo Black's epic dissent in Adamson v. California, and more than 20 since the publication of Michael Kent Curtis's influential book No State Shall Abridge. In those 20 years, scholars have continued to refine our understanding and debate the historical evidence.

Just this summer, the Supreme Court held in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment protects a personal, rather than corporate, right to keep and bear arms. Old precedent says that the Second Amendment does not apply to the states through the Fourteenth. That precedent will be challenged very soon, and so our topic is as timely as it is, apparently, timeless.

The time has come to take stock of the incorporation question, to look for consensus where it can be found, and to attend closely to opposing arguments and evidence where disagreement persists.


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  • Introduction by Donald Dripps, University of San Diego
  • Michael Kent Curtis, Judge Donald L. Smith Professor in Constitutional and Public Law, Wake Forest School of Law and one of the foremost constitutional historians in the United States
  • Richard Aynes, John F. Seiberling Chair of Constitutional Law and Director, Constitutional Law Center, University of Akron School of Law
  • Bryan Wildenthal, Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • George C. Thomas III, Professor, Rutgers Law School
  • Q & A


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  • Lawrence Rosenthal, Professor, Chapman University School of Law
  • Randy E. Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Lawrence B. Solum, Associate Dean for Faculty and Research and John E. Cribbet Professor, University of Illinois College of Law
  • Michael B. Rappaport, Professor, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Panel Discussion
  • Q & A


  • Kurt T. Lash, James P. Bradley Chair of Constitutional Law, Loyola Law School
  • Steven D. Smith, Warren Distinguished Professor, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Donald A. Dripps, Professor, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Carolyn Ramsey, Professor, Colorado Law
  • Yale Kamisar, Clarence Darrow Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan Law School and Professor, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Q & A 


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