Call for Papers

On Friday, November 8, 2019, the University of San Diego School of Law will host its Eleventh Annual Lesley K. McAllister Symposium on Climate and Energy Law. With this Call for Papers, you are invited to submit a title and abstract of an article that you can present at the Symposium and publish in the Eleventh Volume of the SAN DIEGO JOURNAL OF CLIMATE & ENERGY LAW. If we select your proposal, the University will pay for all travel expenses to and from the Symposium. Also, you must submit your completed article to the Journal’s editors by October 31, 2019 for consideration in the Eleventh Volume.

The theme of our 2019 Symposium on Climate and Energy Law is “The Future of Energy in a Changing Climate.” Recent wildfires in California have highlighted the challenge of operating an electric utility in a changing climate. Lawmakers, regulators, and industry stakeholders are considering whether changes are needed to adapt to the impacts of climate change, including wildfire, sea level rise, and heat waves.

At the University of San Diego’s Eleventh Annual Lesley K. McAllister Symposium on Climate and Energy Law, academic and policy experts will analyze and assess several aspects of this complex issue. We invite proposals on the following topics and related subjects.

  • Climate Impacts and Electric Regulation — In the aftermath of California’s deadliest and costliest wildfires in state history in 2017 and 2018 and concerns over future sea level rise, policymakers are left with numerous questions about how climate impacts could affect utilities, related infrastructure and investments, and their business and operational models. How should governments, insurance companies, and investor manage risk? Can the existing investor owned utility business model deliver safe and reliable service to customers at reasonable rates in a changing climate? What other business models could ensure safe and reliable service? What statutory, regulatory, and policy actions are necessary to address adequate investment in utility infrastructure that adapts to climate change? How should other technologies, like microgrids and distributed energy resources, be used to lessen risk and ensure reliable electricity?
  • The Future of Electricity Procurement — At the same time that California regulators are considering how to address the effects of wildfires and other climate impacts, there has been a shift in electricity procurement toward a more fragmented model. The increasing number of Community Choice Aggregation programs and the expansion of direct access have led utilities and policymakers to propose alternative structures, including a statewide procurement entity. How does the industry maintain enough scale for energy procurement for reasonable rates while also servicing local needs or demands? How should policy makers address requests from incumbent utilities to exit energy procurement? If utilities are only pipes and wires companies, what level of oversight is necessary to ensure safe and reliable service?  
  • Energy and Climate Equity — Policies to reduce GHG emissions, the impacts of climate change, and actions to address climate impacts can have disparate effects on different populations. Vulnerable populations typically have experienced air pollution and other impacts of energy production and now may also disproportionately feel the negative impact of a changing climate.  How are disadvantaged communities and other vulnerable populations affected by climate impacts and our policies to address them? What are the equity implications of policies to de-energize portions of the electric grid when the threat of wildfire is high? Are there disparities in effects of disaster relief in the wake of climate-related disasters? How should policy makers, regulators, and the private sector address these issues?

All article proposals related to these broad issues in climate and energy law are welcome. If you are interested in participating, please submit the following materials to Ashley Reddy, Editor-in-Chief of the SAN DIEGO JOURNAL OF CLIMATE & ENERGY LAW, at

  1. The proposed title of your article and a brief 300 word abstract;
  2. Your CV; and
  3. Written acknowledgement that you will attend the Symposium on Friday, November 8, 2019, and submit a complete draft of your article to the SAN DIEGO JOURNAL OF CLIMATE & ENERGY LAW by October 31, 2019.

The Leslie K. McAllister Symposium on Climate & Energy Law is co-hosted by the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) and the SAN DIEGO JOURNAL OF CLIMATE & ENERGY LAW.

Deadline for Submissions

Please submit your proposal by Friday, May 31, 2019.  We look forward to hearing from you!