2019 Symposium Webcasts

Eleventh Annual Lesley K. McAllister Symposium on Climate and Energy Law

"The Future of Energy in a Changing Climate"

Friday, November 8, 2019

Recent wildfires and power shut-off events throughout California have highlighted the challenge of operating an electric utility in a changing climate. At this year’s Symposium, regulators, utility executives, scholars, and other experts will discuss:   

  • California’s Public Safety Power Shut-off policy

  • Wildfire cost recovery

  • Utility fire prevention programs

  • Research on future wildfire dangers

  • Utility long-term planning

  • Social equity implications 


  • Stephen C. Ferruolo, Dean and Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Ashley Reddy, Editor-in-Chief, San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law

Keynote Panel

  • Moderator: Scott Anders, Director, Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Caroline Choi, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Edison International and Southern California Edison
  • Caroline Winn, Chief Operating Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric
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Panel One

The Impacts of Wildfires

  • Moderator: Lauren Perkins, Associate, Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer,
    Pembroke, P.C.
  • Gary Fitts, Chief Technology Officer, Noble Profit; Principal of Greenware Technologies [presentation]
  • Brian D’Agostino, Director, Fire Science and Climate Adaptation, San Diego Gas & Electric [presentation]
  • Steven Weissman, Lecturer, University of California Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy, and Senior Policy Advisor to the Center for Sustainable Energy [presentation]
  • Samir Hafez, University of San Diego School of Law [presentation]
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Panel Two

Policy and Regulatory Perspectives

  • Moderator: Tim Duane, Professor-in-Residence, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Michael Wara, Director of the Climate and Energy Policy Program, Senior Research Scholar, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
  • Liane Randolph, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, California Energy Commission [presentation]
  • Elise Torres, Staff Attorney, The Utility Reform Network [presentation]
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Panel Three

Equity Considerations of Climate Impacts and Policies

  • Moderator: Nilmini Silva-Send, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Energy Policy Initiatives Center, Adjunct Professor, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Lee Paddock, Associate Dean for Environmental Law Studies, The George Washington University Law School [presentation]
  • Carrie Downey, Adjunct Professor, University of San Diego School of Law [presentation]
  • Nadia Ahmad, Associate Professor, Barry University School of Law [presentation]
  • Anastasia Telesetsky, Professor of Law, University of Idaho College of Law [presentation]
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