11th Annual Lesley K. McAllister Symposium on Climate and Energy Law

11th Annual Lesley K. McAllister Symposium on Climate and Energy Law

Date and Time

  • Friday, November 8, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location

Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110

Cost

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FUTURE OF ENERGY IN A CHANGING CLIMATE


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. The theme of our 2019 Symposium is “The Future of Energy in a Changing Climate.”  

Symposium Overview


Lead Sponsor:

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Gold Sponsor:

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Silver Sponsor:

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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 

 

The Lesley K. McAllister Symposium on Climate and Energy Law is co-hosted by the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) and the San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law.

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 6.5 hours of general credit.

2019 SYMPOSIUM AGENDA

Time Event
8:00am - 8:45am Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:45am - 9:00am

WELCOME REMARKS

  • Stephen C. Ferruolo, Dean and Professor of Law, USD School of Law
  • Ashley Reddy, USD School of Law, Editor-in-Chief, San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law
  • Scott Anders, Director, Energy Policy Initiatives Center, USD School of Law

9:00am - 10:00am

KEYNOTE PANEL
  • Carla Peterman, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison
  • Caroline Winn, CEO, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
  • Scott Anders, Director, Energy Policy Initiatives Center, USD School of Law (Moderator)
10:00am - 10:15am Break
10:15am - Noon

PANEL 1: The Impacts of Wildfires

Noon - 1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm - 3:00pm

PANEL 2: Policy and Regulatory Perspectives

  • 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
  • Elise Torres, Staff Attorney, The Utility Reform Network
  • Tim Duane, Professor-in-Residence, USD School of Law (Moderator)
3:00pm - 3:15pm Break
3:15pm - 5:15pm

PANEL 3: Equity Considerations of Climate Impacts and Policies

  • Lee Paddock, LeRoy C. (Lee) Paddock, Associate Dean for Environmental Law Studies, The George Washington University Law School
  • Carrie Downey, Adjunct Professor, USD School of Law
  • Nadia Ahmad, Associate Professor, Barry University School of Law
  • Anastasia Telesetsky, Professor of Law, University of Idaho College of Law
  • Nilmini Silva-Send, Assistant Director of the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) and Adjunct Professor, USD School of Law (Moderator)
5:15pm - 5:30pm CLOSING REMARKS
5:30pm - 6:30pm RECEPTION

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Register Here

  • Registration categories and fees are provided below. Registration fees includes materials, breakfast, luncheon, refreshment breaks, and symposium reception.
  • Students: with attendance, admission will be refunded at registration
  • Please confirm your schedule prior to registering. Refunds will not be processed past November 1.

Registration Category
Early Bird Registration After October 20
General Admission with MCLE $ 200 $ 250
General Admission without MCLE $ 100 $ 150
USD Law Alumni, Academic, Government, and Non-profit with MCLE $150 $175
USD Law Alumni, Academic, Government, and Non-profit without MCLE $50 $75
USD Faculty & Staff $20 $45

Students (*with attendance, admission will be refunded at registration)

$10* $10*

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 6.5 hours of general credit.

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 6.5 hours of general credit.

LOCATION, PARKING, 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

FROM THE NORTH FROM THE SOUTH FROM THE EAST
  • 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 – 9 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.

PARKING INFORMATION:
Visitors are required to display a valid permit Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and are required to pay for parking on campus. Metered parking is available in multiple locations on campus but we recommend you park in the West Lot and take the designated tram to Mother Rosalie Hill Hall. The tram will have a sign posted on the window that reads "Climate & Energy Law Symposium" and will run 10-15 minutes. Rates for parking in the West Lot are as follows:

  • 30 minutes - $0.75
  • 1 Hour - $1.50
  • 2 Hours - $3.00
  • 4 Hours - $4.00
  • Full Day - $8.00

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.

 HOTEL PARTNER

The University of San Diego’s lodging partner is Bartell Hotels

CONTACT INFORMATION

Please send all inquires related to this event to Climate and Energy Law Symposium Coordinator
USD.CELS.Coordinator@gmail.com

PREVIOUS SYMPOSIA

Looking Beyond Fossil Fuels in The Trump Era

The tenth annual Symposium, which took place on November 9, 2018, explored changes to climate and energy policy made under the Trump presidency. The discussion included Federal policy expanding fossil fuels under Trump, how these policies affect California's climate goals, and how these policies on fossil fuels affect pathways to long-term decarbonization. They Keynote Panel featured Representative Scott Peters and California Air Resources Chair Mary Nichols. In addition, agency representatives, practitioners, and legal scholars discussed these topics.

Energy and Climate Policy Under the Current Presidential Administration, Congress, and Courts

The ninth annual Symposium took place on November 3, 2017. The discussion included the transition from the Obama presidency to the Trump presidency marking a significant change in approaches to climate and energy policy. The current Administration has stated its intent to reverse much of the Obama era climate and energy policy and regulation. At the University of San Diego’s Ninth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium, state leaders, practitioners, and legal scholars analyzed and assessed a range of related topics on three panels.

 

The Changing Landscape of Energy and Climate Policy in the West

The eighth annual symposium took place on November 4, 2016 and featured a keynote panel with Travis Kavulla, Commissioner of Montana Public Service Commission and President and Chairman of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC); DeAnn (Dede) Hapner, Vice President of FERC and ISO Relations, Pacific Gas and Electric Company; and Adrianna Kripke, Senior Environmental Counsel of San Diego Gas & Electric. Speakers discussed the regional expansion of the California ISO, regional climate and energy policy approaches, and the state approaches to climate and energy policy in the west.

 

California to Paris: Linking Energy and Climate Policy at the Subnational, National, and International Levels

The seventh annual symposium took place on November 7, 2015 and featured a keynote panel with Congressman Scott Peters (D-52) and Ken Alex, Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research and Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown. Speakers discussed the legal challenges and state responses to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, the role of subnational entities, including state, provinces, and cities in international climate agreements, and expectations for the Paris Climate talks.

 

Innovative Regulatory and Business Models in a Changing Electric Industry

The sixth annual symposium took place on November 7, 2014 and featured a keynote panel with Jon Wellinghoff, Stoel Rives Partner and former Chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and Jim Avery, Senior Vice President of Power Supply at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). Speakers discussed options for the utility of the future, the role of distributed technologies as drivers of change, and possible regulatory models compatible with the future of the electric grid.

California in the Spotlight: Successes and Challenges in Climate Change Law

The fifth annual symposium, which took place on November 8, 2013, featured keynote addresses by Congressman Scott Peters and Virgil Welsh, Special Assistant to Chair Mary Nichols at the California Air Resources Board. Speakers discussed the strengths and weaknesses of California’s cap-and-trade program, the outlook for emission reductions in the transportation sector, and the promotion of low-carbon energy, particularly solar energy.

 

Law in a Distributed Energy Future

The fourth annual symposium featured keynote addresses by then California Energy Commission Commissioner Carla Peterman and Ken Alex, Senior Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown and Director of the Office of Planning and Research. Speakers discussed the rules that govern the electricity grid change to incorporate distributed generation, the possibilities for generating energy at the neighborhood and community levels, and the legal and policy innovations at the federal, state and local levels needed to accommodate a distributed energy future.

Advancing a Clean Energy Future

The third annual symposium featured a keynote address by Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Panelists discussed the role of states in renewable energy development, policies to encourage clean energy and energy efficiency, and the balance between renewable energy development and environmental concerns.

 

Next-Generation Regulation: Instrument Choice in Climate Law

The second annual symposium featured a keynote address by Jody Freeman, Professor of Law at Harvard University and Former White House Counselor for Energy and Climate Change. Panelists discussed market mechanism and tax law options to reduce greenhouse gases and whether traditional legal and policy mechanisms are still relevant. The 2010 symposium also included a workshop on the challenges of and opportunities for siting renewable energy systems, which included a keynote presentation by former California Energy Commissioner John Geesman.

Federal Preemption or State Prerogative: California in the Face of National Climate Policy

The keynote speaker was Mary Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board. Panelists discussed whether states law and policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are preempted by federal law and ways to integrate state and federal actions.

 

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