Agenda and Videos

Registration & Breakfast

Welcome & Opening Remarks
• David Wippman, Dean, University of Minnesota Law School
• Hari Osofsky, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Law School; Interim Director, Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences

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Opening Keynote
• Michael Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and Director of the Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School; Senior Counsel, Arnold & Porter Law Firm
Confronting the Tradeoffs in the Energy Transition

Coffee & Networking

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Panel on the Electricity Grid, Public Utility Commissions, and Energy Transition
• Joel Eisen, Professor, University of Richmond School of Law
Evolving Notions of Federalism in the Smart Grid
• Paulina Jaramillo, Assistant Research Professor, Carnegie Mellon University Department of Engineering and Public Policy
Integrating Solar and Wind Energy
• Michael Wara, Associate Professor, Stanford Law School
Electric Cars and Regulation of the Utility-Ratepayer Interface
Moderator: S. Massoud Amin, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership, and Director of the Technological Leadership Institute (TLI), University of Minnesota

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Panel on Pollution and Justice Concerns Raised by Fossil Fuels and by the Shift to Cleaner Sources
• Rebecca Bratspies, Professor, CUNY School of Law & Henry Tranes, CUNY School of Law
Sharing the Burdens of Pollution in New York: Whose Environment Are We Protecting, and Who Decides?
• Erin Ryan, Associate Professor, Lewis and Clark Law School 
Breathing Air with Heft: Coal, Cars, and the Staggering Problem of Air Pollution in China
• Deborah Behles, Associate Professor, Golden Gate University School of Law
Environmental Justice Considerations Related to Renewable Energy Development in California
Moderator: Stephen F. Befort, Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty, & Bennett Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research & Planning, University of Minnesota Law School

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Panel on the Role of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading in a Cleaner Energy Future

• David Adelman, Harry Reasoner Regents Chair in Law, University of Texas School of Law
Greenhouse Gas Trading and Hotspots
• William C.G. Burns, Director, MS in Energy Policy and Climate Program, Johns Hopkins University (via Skype)
How to Strengthen the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme to Enhance the Prospects for a Clean Energy Economy
• Jacqueline Peel, Professor, University of Melbourne Law School
The Australian Carbon Pricing Mechanism: Promise and Pitfalls on the Pathway to a Clean Energy Future
Moderator: Sharon Reich Paulsen, Associate Dean, University of Minnesota Law School

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Panel on Renewable Energy Development and Endangered Species
• Jessie Owley, Associate Professor, SUNY Buffalo Law School & Amy Morris, Associate Environmental Scientist, Aspen Environmental Group
Mitigating the Impacts of the Renewable Energy Gold Rush
• Kalyani Robbins, Associate Professor, University of Akron School of Law
Responsible, Renewable, and Redesigned: How the Renewable Energy Movement can make Peace with the Endangered Species Act
• Jeffrey Thaler, Visiting Professor, University of Maine School of Law
Are Our Environmental Laws Obsolete or Unhelpful in our Climate Changed World?
Moderator: Shelley Saxer, Professor, Pepperdine University School of Law

Informal Networking & Mentoring Lunch

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Panel on Mechanisms, Barriers, and Possibilities for Renewable Energy Development

• Alexandra Klass, Professor, University of Minnesota 
Tax Benefits, Property Rights, and Mandates: Considering the Future of Government Support for Renewable Energy
• Elizabeth Kronk, Associate Professor of Law and Director, Tribal Law & Government Center, University of Kansas School of Law (via Skype)
Renewable Energy on Tribal Lands
• Felix Mormann, Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
Smarter Tax Policy for a Cleaner, More Democratic Energy Future
Energy Federalism Panel
• Gabriel Pacyniak, Institute Associate, Georgetown Climate Center, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown Law
Building on State Climate and Energy Programs Under Clean Air Act §111 (d)
Moderator: Scott Strand, Executive Director, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

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Panel on Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation, and Justice
• David Dana, Professor, Northwestern University School of Law
A Mitigation Principle for Adaptation
• Katherine Trisolini, Associate Professor, Loyola Law School
Holistic Climate Change Governance: Towards Adaptation and Mitigation Synthesis
• Maria Savasta-Kennedy, Clinical Professor, University of North Carolina School of Law
Learning from Our Mistakes; Why We Can't Ignore the Side Effects of Our
Climate Change Policy Decisions on the World's Energy Poor and Vulnerable
• Gregor Wolbring, Associate Professor Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, Dept. of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary & Jacqueline Noga, University of Calgary (via Skype)
Analysis of Climate, Energy, and Environmental Justice: Introducing Eco-ableism as a Conceptual Framework
Moderator: Sara Peterson, Owner, Parkway Law, LLC

Coffee & Networking Break

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Panel on Fostering Solar Energy Development and Integration

• K.K. Duvivier, Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law 
Problems with Protecting the Right to Distributed Solar Power
Maria A. Petrova, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, Tufts University
Sustainable Communities and Wind Energy Project Acceptance in Massachusetts
• Troy Rule, Associate Professor, University of Missouri School of Law
Of Sunlight and Subdivisions: The Case for Collective Solar Energy and How to Pay for It
• Beth Mercer-Taylor, Sustainability Education Coordinator, University of Minnesota
Renewable Energy Becomes Culture: A Solar Story
Moderator: Steve Kelley, Senior Fellow, Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy and Deputy Director, Center for Integrative Leadership, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

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Panel on Re-Envisioning Energy Governance Approaches

• William Buzbee, Professor, Emory University School of Law
Energy Versus the Environment: Regulatory Goals, Tools, and Federalism Choices Compared
• Uma Outka, Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Law
The Shift Away from Coal: Energy Governance Diversity and Innovation
• Hari Osofsky, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Law School
Hybrid Energy Governance
Rachael Shwom, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Learning from Energy Efficiency: Coordinating Regulatory and Non-Regulatory Approaches for Advancing Technology Innovation Goals
Moderator: Rolf Nordstrom, Executive Director, Great Plains Institute

Dinner for Speakers
Spoonriver Restaurant, 750 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis, MN, 55401
This restaurant, which is committed to local, organic, sustainable food, is easy walking distance from the conference hotel.

Thursday, April 25, 2013


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Plenary Panel on the Shale Gas Production and the Complexities of Regulating Hydraulic Fracturing 

• Shalanda Baker, Associate Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law
Is Fracking the New Financial Crisis? Exploring Hybridity and Risk in Energy Development
• Josh Fershee, Professor, West Virginia University College of Law
The Role of Natural Gas in a Clean(er) Energy Future
• David Spence, Professor, University of Texas School of Law
Policymaking Under Conditions of Conflict and Uncertainty: Regulating Shale Gas Production
• Hannah Wiseman, Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Law 
Remedying Regulatory Diseconomies of Scale in Energy Law
Moderator: Bradley C. Karkkainen, Henry J. Fletcher Professor in Law, University of Minnesota Law School

Coffee & Networking

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Panel on Transitioning Energy Sources 

• Jody Endres, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Bioenergy Policy and the Transformation to a Green Economy: The Urgent Case for Metrics
• Andrew Long, Associate Professor, Florida Coastal School of Law
Governance at the Energy-Environment Nexus: Developing Linkages Among Governments and Issues for a Twenty-first Century Regulatory Challenge
• Amy Stein, Associate Professor, Tulane University Law School 
Breaking Path Dependency of Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
Moderator: R. Lee Penn, Associate Professor of Chemistry, McKnight Presidential Fellow, University of Minnesota

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Panel on the Possibilities and Limits of Market Mechanisms
• Alice Kaswan, Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law
Climate Change, the Clean Air Act, and Industrial Pollution: Traditional versus Market-Based Regulation
• Sarah Light, Visiting Assistant Professor, Brooklyn Law School
Interagency Cap and Trade
• Endre Stavang, Professor, University of Oslo Faculty of Law 
The Environmental Option
Moderator: Winthrop A. Rockwell, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

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Lunch Keynote

• Ellen Anderson, Senior Adviser on Energy and Environmental Issues to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, Former Minnesota State Senator
Energy Transformation: Drivers of Change, Barriers to Change

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Panel on the Complexities of Wind Integration

• Mark Ahlstrom, CEO, WindLogics, St Paul MN
Wind Energy in Markets—Making Wind Dispatchable
• Matt Schuerger, President, Energy Systems Consulting Services, Minneapolis MN
Wind Integration Technical Challenges & Best Practices
• Beth Soholt, Executive Director, Wind on the Wires, St Paul MN
Policy Drivers and Legal Aspects of Wind Energy and Integration
Moderator: Elizabeth Wilson, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Panel on Constitutional Federalism Concerns, Governance, and Energy Transition

• James Coleman, Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
Importing Energy, Exporting Regulation: Reconciling State Policy Innovation with National Energy Markets
• Steve Ferrey, Professor, Suffolk University Law School
The Fifth Dimension: Legal Infrastructure, Cracks and Governance
• Lewis Gilbert, Managing Director / Chief Operating Officer, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota
Governing from Within the Earth System: Concerns Regarding Rationality and Intentionality
Moderator: Judge David Minge, Minnesota Court of Appeals (Retired)

Coffee & Networking

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Closing Plenary Panel on Achieving Sustainable Communities

Closing Remarks
• Brian Herman, Vice President for Research, University of Minnesota
Plenary Panel
• Reid Ewing, Professor and Director of the Metropolitan Research Center, University of Utah 
Sprawl and Travel
• Jim Smith, John Byrd Martin Chair of Law, University of Georgia School of Law
The Green Home Movement: How Should We Define and Regulate “Green Homes,” Encourage Their Production, and Protect Purchasers and Residents?
• Lisa Sun, Associate University, Brigham Young University Law School
Disaster Justice in Cities and Urban Renewal Projects
Moderator: Peter Lindstrom, Mayor, Falcon Heights and Assistant Director, Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy, University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs