38th Annual ABA Conference on Environmental Law Features Strong Widener Connection
Web Editor - Published: March 14, 2009
ABAEnviroLawPromoThe ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources will hold the 38th Annual Conference on Environmental Law from March 12th through the 15th in Keystone, Colorado. Widener Law Professor Jim May served as the Chair of the planning committee for the event, and Distinguished Professor John C. Dernbach will be a featured speaker, discussing his new book, Agenda for a Sustainable America.

The ABA’s Annual Conference on Environmental Law is the premier conference on environmental law issues in the world, drawing around 400 leading lawyers, litigators, policymakers, and consultants in the field. Professor May and the planning committee have been putting the event together for a year, and Widener Law has a strong presence at the conference.

Professor May, in addition to his service as Chair of the Planning Committee, will moderate the plenary keynote panel, "The Next Generation of Environmental Law." Alum Lesley Ann Schaaff, who was also on the planning committee, will moderate a panel on toxic chemicals, and fellow alum and planning committee member Jim Stuhltrager arranged the panel on natural resource damages.

In addition to Professor Dernbach’s featured address on his new book, two Board Members of the MId-Atlantic Environmental Law Center at Widener will present; author, humorist, and media personality Jeff Yeager will present "A Cheapskate's Guide to Protecting the Planet," and David Bookbinder will serve as a panelist for a discussion on Climate Change and the EPA.

“This year’s theme, “The Next Generation of Environmental Law,” reflects changes at the presidential, congressional, and state level that are certain to transform the field. With so much changing, this is an important conference not to miss,” says Professor May of the event. “We live in astonishing times. Change is in the air, affecting every nook and cranny of environmental, energy, and resources law,” he declares, adding, “The national and world economy hovers like storm clouds on the horizon. It’s hard to know what it all means, and how it will influence law, policy, and practice in the coming years.”

The Conference will feature 70 presenters, including leading environmental lawyers, policymakers, and advocates, participating in panel discussions and breakout sessions. Dr. Amory B. Lovins, co-founder, chairman, and chief scientist of the Mountain Institute will serve as the Keynote speaker for the conference. Other featured speakers include author and filmmaker Lynne Cherry, Yeager, and Professor Dernbach.