Environmental Law & Policy Legal Symposium

This symposium is being co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources.


Public concern with environmental protection and compliance with environmental laws are key factors that affect the decision-making and behavior of the nation’s business community.  The Environmental Law & Policy Symposium—“People, Planet, and Profit”--brings together leading legal scholars and subject matter experts from environmental organizations, business, academia, and the government for what is expected to be a lively discussion of fundamental issues with broad ramifications for those affected by and interested in sustainability and environmental law. 

This symposium is a truly unique opportunity to hear a series of discussions of environmental thought leaders, with diverse perspectives, on legal issues relevant to charting a course for a future that is both protective and productive. 

The State Bar of Texas has approved the Environmental Law & Policy Symposium for 7 hours of CLE credit, including 2 hours of ethics. Pre-registration is required for attendance.


7:30 AM to 8:30 AM - Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM to 8:45 AM - Opening Remarks, Jeff Civins, Haynes and Boone, LLP

8:45 AM to 10:15 AM - Topic 1: Integrating science into regulatory decision-making. Moderators: Patrick J. Larkin, Strasburger, and Michael J. Nasi, Jackson Walker • Peter B. de Menocal, Dean of Science, Thomas Alva Edison/Con Ed Professor Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University • Steph Tai, Associate Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin School of Law • Charles D. McConnell, Executive Director, Rice University's Energy and Environment Initiative • Lucy Fraiser, Zephyr Environmental Corporation

10:15 AM to 10:30 AM - Break

10:30 AM to Noon - Topic 2: Reconciling energy and economic development with protection of the public health and the environment Moderator: Melinda Taylor, Associate Director, Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business, University of Texas at Austin • Michael Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School • David Bookbinder, Chief Counsel, Niskanen Center • Scott W. Tinker, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas • Diana Liebmann, Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP

12:00 PM to 12:45 PM - Lunch/Discussion

12:00 PM to 12:45 PM - Box Lunch / Discussion around tables

12:45 PM to 2:15 PM - Topic 3: Facilitating resolution of environmental disputes associated with development. Moderators: Suzanne Murray, Haynes and Boone, LLP, and Teri Donaldson, DLA Piper • Carrie Thompson, Senior Program Manager, US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, Udall Foundation • Charles A. De Monaco, Partner, Fox Rothschild • Cassie Phillips, Director, Private Environmental Governance Initiative, Environmental Law Institute

2:15 PM to 3:45 PM - Topic 4: Integrating corporate sustainability and ethical considerations into corporate decision-making. Moderators: Mary Simmons Mendoza, Haynes and Boone, LLP, and Connie Westfall, Strasburger • Susan Roberts, Walmart, Associate General Counsel • Irma Russell, Edward A. Smith/ Missouri Chair In Law, The Constitution, And Society University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law • Natalie Stuckey, ‎Assistant General Counsel, Cummins Inc • David Struhs, Vice-President, Corporate Services and Sustainability

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM - Wrap-up of Legal Symposium, Jeff Civins

The symposium closes at 4pm. Attendees are invited to the following 30 minute live presentation.

"The Environment, Business andthe EPA"
Scott Pruitt, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency