Legal Symposium

Earth Day Texas 2017

Pre-Registration and Fees Apply

Planning is underway for this year’s Legal Symposium.  As speakers are confirmed, we will update this website. 

This year we are looking to significantly enlarge the legal footprint at Earth Day Texas. We envision a symposium with world class modules and world class panelists consistent with the goal of Earth Day Texas, to bring together environmental organizations, businesses, professionals, academic institutions, government agencies, speakers, interactive programming, and subject matter experts, providing a neutral platform to encouraging all attendees to be the change they wish to see in the world.

The Legal Symposium will take place April 20-21, 2017 at Fair Park in Dallas. A block of rooms will be reserved. We hope to have three hundred attorneys attend and we will have FUN!  Make your travel arrangements now, registration and hotel reservations will begin soon.  The tentative schedule is outlined below.

APPLICATION FOR ACCREDITATION OF APPROXIMATELY 6.5 HOURS OF CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION CREDIT, INCLUDING ETHICS, WILL BE REQUESTED FROM THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS AND OTHER STATE BAR ASSOCIATIONS.

Thursday Banquet

6:00 PM-10:00 PM

Location: Texas Discovery Gardens, Fair Park

Key Note Speaker, a newly appointed, national, environmental politician


Friday Sessions

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM Welcome

8:15 AM – 9:45 AM Topic to be announced.
Location: The Hall of State, Fair Park


Reconciling energy and economic development with protection of the public health and the environment.

Michael Gerrard and Melinda Taylor will moderate a panel of speakers who representing different energy sectors and explore varying perspectives on economic development and environmental consequences.

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM Break

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Topic to be announced.


Integrating corporate sustainability and ethical considerations into corporate decision-making.

Mary Simmons Mendoza, Haynes and Boone, LLP, and Connie Westfall, Strasburger & Price L.P., will moderate a diverse panel of speakers that may include in-house counsel, sustainability pioneers, ethicists and green investors who will address ethical considerations and other legal obstacles to corporate sustainability evolution.

 

11:45 AM -1:15 PM Lunch

Keynote Speaker: a noted environmental politician or green industry leader

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Topic to be announced.


Facilitating resolution of environmental disputes associated with infrastructure development.

Suzanne Murray, Haynes and Boone, LLP, and Teri Donaldson, DLA Piper LLP, will moderate a panel of stakeholders who will address varying perspectives of and initiatives to resolve environmental disputes.

 

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Break

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM Topic to be announced.


Integrating science into regulatory decision-making.

Pat Larkin, Strasburger & Price L.P., and Mike Nasi, Jackson Walker L.L.P., will moderate a panel of policy makers and scientists who will tackle varying perspectives on the role of science does or should play in crafting environmental regulation.

 

 

Pre-registration is required. Registration scholarships will be available. Registration has not yet opened.

Contact us at bfinch@earthdaytx.org