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A timely and important national conference on

Climate Change: Policy, Law, and Science

With a unique blend of perspectives from key federal and state policy makers plus of notables from the corporate, legal, and academic sectors

November 18 & 19, 2021

Live Online | Eastern Time Zone

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Who Will Benefit from Attending

Attorneys, industry executives, government officials, Tribal representatives, environmental and management consultants, land use planners, and others involved with climate change issues

Why You will Benefit from Attending

We are thrilled with the excellent faculty we've assembled, including experts on the leading edge of climate change law. policy, and risk from around the country, brought together to provide you a comprehensive understanding of the political and legal dynamics affecting climate policy and their implications for effectively addressing our most pressing climate change issues.

Momentum for action has increased dramatically, we now have the federal government working in concert with states, municipalities, and the international community to put into motion actions to tackle the risks and consequences posed by climate change. The Biden Administration has an aggressive "Whole Government" Climate Action Plan and you will have an opportunity to hear from many of the key people who will be implementing it.

As the title for this program suggests, there are three legs for a successful climate change response: Policy, law, and science. We'll have panels of experts address all three of the legs from multiple perspectives and in the context of a variety of industries and economic sectors. If you're looking for a solid informational basis for evaluating specific climate response proposals, this program is for you.

We hope you'll be able to join us. It's a unique opportunity to get expert responses to your climate response questions.

This will be a live online virtual program.We hope to "see" you there.

~ Paul D. Boehm, Ph.D. of Exponent, Inc., Michael B. Gerrard, Esq. of Columbia Law School, and Brian D. Israel, Esq. of Arnold & Porter, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • Gina McCarthy on key priorities of the Biden-Harris Administration related to climate change policy
  • David Hayes on the role of government for expanding climate resiliency
  • Cecilia Martinez on climate justice
  • EPA, Treasury, and House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis perspectives on implementation of the Whole of Government approach
  • How states are leading development of climate change policy
  • The science of climate change and challenges for lawyers, experts and policy makers
  • Legal and practical paths to electrification
  • How companies can lead the way on sustainability and climate change responses
  • Climate change litigation theories and defenses
  • Special challenges when permitting wind, solar, and CCS
  • The role of NEPA is climate response and infrastructure planning and permitting

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Agenda Day 1

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Paul D. Boehm, Ph.D. , Program Co-Chair, Corporate VP & Principal Scientist
Exponent / Maynard, MA

Michael B. Gerrard, Esq. , Program Co-Chair, Director of Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Columbia Law School / New York, NY

Brian D. Israel, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Arnold & Porter / Washington, DC

9:00 am

Special Opening Address

Introduction of Gina McCarthy

The Hon. Christopher J. Dodd, Esq.
Arnold & Porter / Washington, DC

Key priorities of the Biden-Harris Administration related to climate change policy

Gina McCarthy , National Climate Advisor
The White House / Washington, DC

9:45 am

The "Whole of Government" Approach: Climate Change Policy at the Federal Level

Vicki Arroyo, Esq. , Associate Administrator for Policy
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency / Washington, DC

Samantha Medlock, Esq. , Senior Counsel
House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis / Washington, DC

John Morton, Esq. , Climate Counselor to the Secretary
U.S. Department of Treasury / Washington, DC

10:45 am

Break

11:00 am

The State of Change: How States are Leading Climate Change Policy

Sean B. Hecht, Esq. , Moderator, Co-Executive Director
Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment / Los Angeles, CA

The Hon. Benjamin Grumbles, Esq. , Secretary of the Environment
State of Maryland / Baltimore, MD

The Hon. Wade Crowfoot , Secretary
California Natural Resources Agency / Sacramento, CA

The Hon. Basil Seggos , Commissioner
Department of Environmental Conservation / Albany, NY

The Hon. Bethany Card, Esq. , Undersecretary of Environmental Policy and Climate Resilience
Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs / Boston, MA

12:15 pm

Special Address: Expanding Climate Resiliency and the Role of Government

David J. Hayes, Esq. , Special Assistant to the President for Climate Policy
The White House / Washington, DC

12:45 pm

Lunch Break

1:45 pm

Special Address: Climate Justice

Cecilia Martinez, Ph.D. , Senior Director for Environmental Justice
White House Council on Environmental Quality / Washington, DC

2:15 pm

Risky Business: Climate and Extreme Weather Risks, Resilence, and Adaptation

Paul D. Boehm, Ph.D. , Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Exponent, Inc. / Maynard, MA

Alice C. Hill, Esq. , Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment
Council on Foreign Relations / Washington, DC

Brian M. McDonald, Ph.D., S.E. , Corporate VP & Principal Engineer
Exponent / Menlo Park, CA

Charles Viemeister , Project Manager - Strategic Planning
Con Edison / New York, NY

3:30 pm

Break

3:45 pm

Getting Current -- Legal and Practical Paths to Electrification

Jonathan Martel, Esq. , Moderator
Arnold & Porter / Washington, DC

Emily Sanford Fisher, Esq. , GC & Sr. VP, Clean Energy
Edison Electric Institute / Washington, DC

Greg Dotson, Esq. , Democratic Chief Counsel
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee / Washington, DC

Charles Haake , Vice President and General Counsel
Alliance for Automotive Innovation / Washington, DC

Steven J. Murray, Ph.D., P.E. , Group Vice President & Principal Engineer
Exponent / Menlo Park, CA

4:45 pm

Sustainability and Corporate Commitments

Brian D. Israel, Esq. , Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Arnold & Porter / Washington, DC

Sheryl Telford , VP, Environment, Health and Safety & Corporate Responsibility
The Chemours Company / Wilmington, DE

Roger R. Martella, Jr., Esq. , Chief Sustainability Officer
General Electric Corp. / Boston, MA

Evan Van Hook , VP Health, Safety, Environment, Product Stewardship and Sustainability
Honeywell International / Morris Plains, NJ

Mary Wroten , Director of Global Sustainability & ESG
Ford Motor Company / Detroit, MI

6:00 pm

Adjourn Day 1

Friday, November 19, 2021

8:30 am

Welcome to Day Two and Announcements

8:45 am

Going to Court: Climate Change Litigation Theories and Defenses

Michael Burger , Executive Director
Sabin Center for Climate Change Law / New York, NY

Bradley Campbell, Esq. , President
Conservation Law Foundation / Boston, MA

Jane C. Luxton, Esq.
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith / Washington, DC

Stacey L. VanBelleghem, Esq.
Latham & Watkins / Washington, DC

10:00 am

Break

10:15 am

Renewing the Debate: Special Challenges when Permitting Wind, Solar, and CCS

Michael B. Gerrard, Esq. , Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Columbia Law School / New York, NY

Gene Grace , General Counsel
American Clean Power Association / Washington, DC

Anne K. Reynolds , Executive Director
Alliance for Clean Energy New York / Albany, NY

Janice M. Schneider, Esq.
Latham & Watkins / Washington, DC

11:15 am

Build Back Better: NEPA, Climate, and, Infrastructure

Ethan G. Shenkman, Esq. , Moderator
Arnold & Porter / Washington, DC

Sharon Buccino, Esq. , Senior Director, Land Division, Nature Program
Natural Resources Defense Council / Washington, DC

Matthew Christiansen, Esq. , General Counsel
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission / Washington, DC

Jayni Foley Hein, Esq. , Senior Director for NEPA
White House Council on Environmental Quality / Washington, DC

12:15 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Paul D. Boehm, Progr Paul D. Boehm, Progr am Co-Chair, is a Corporate VP & Principal Scientist at Exponent. He is an internationally known environmental scientist and strategic advisor on environmental issues and has conducted investigations for, consulted with, and advised industrial, legal, and government clients on scientific matters involving regulatory issues and legal claims associated with oil and hazardous chemical contaminants in the environment. His work also includes the evaluation risks and damages due to climate change factors and extreme weather events.

Michael B. Gerrard, Michael B. Gerrard, Program Co-Chair, is Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School. He also is the Founder and Director of Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. A former partner and current Senior Counsel to Arnold & Porter, he is an advocate, litigator, teacher, and scholar who has pioneered cutting-edge legal tools and strategies for addressing climate change.

Brian D. Israel, Brian D. Israel, Program Co-Chair, is Chair of the Environmental Practice Group at Arnold & Porter. He focuses broadly on environmental litigation and counseling, including climate-related issues, and he is one of the nation's leading lawyers for Natural Resource Damages (NRD) claims. Since 2010, he has been lead counsel to BP in relation to Deepwater Horizon NRD claims, and was also one of the trial attorneys at the Deepwater Horizon Clean Water Act (CWA) penalty trial.

David J. Hayes, Special Address, is Special Assistant to the President for Climate Policy at The White House. In his prior public service, he served both Presidents Obama and Clinton as the Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the Department of the Interior from 2009 to 2013 and from 1999 to 2001, respectively. He also previously served as Executive Director of the State Energy and Environmental Impact Center, where he worked with state attorneys general who were advocating for clean energy, climate and environmental laws and policies.

Cecilia Martinez, Speci Cecilia Martinez, Speci al Address, is Senior Director for Environmental Justice at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Previously she was the Executive Director of the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy. She also held positions as Associate Research Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment at the University of Delaware.

Gina McCarthy, Special Address, is the National Climate Advisor at The White House. Previously, she was the president and chief executive officer of Natural Resources Defense Council and served under President Barack Obama as the Administrator of the EPA from 2013 through 2017.

Sean B. Hecht, Sean B. Hecht, Moderator, is Co-Executive Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and Evan Frankel Professor of Policy and Practice, at UCLA School of Law. His research interests include developing legal and policy tools for building resilience to climate change's projected impacts, including wildfire and coastal impacts, and for examining the relationship between environmental justice and mainstream environmental advocacy

Jonathan Martel, Jonathan Martel, Moderator, is a partner at Arnold & Porter. He concentrates on Clean Air Act and related matters, including regulatory and compliance counseling, participation in EPA rulemaking activities, government and citizen enforcement actions, appellate litigation challenges to rules, and other litigation matters. His recent work includes representation of automotive, engine, nonroad equipment, railroad, gasoline and renewable fuel, stored energy, and other diversified manufacturers.

Ethan G. Shenkman, Ethan G. Shenkman, Moderator, is a partner in the Environmental Practice Group at Arnold & Porter focusing on climate change policy and regulation, biofuels regulation, the Renewable Fuels Standard, phaseout of HFCs, the Clean Power Plan, NEPA and other climate-related litigation. He previously served as Deputy General Counsel at the US Environmental Protection Agency and, prior to that, as Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the US Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division.

Vicki Arroyo Vicki Arroyo is Associate Administrator for Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center, where she was also a Professor at Georgetown Law. Arroyo oversaw the Georgetown Climate Center's work at the nexus of climate and energy policy, supervising staff and student work on climate mitigation and adaptation at the city, state, and federal level.

Sharon Buccino Sharon Buccino is Senior Director, Land Division, Nature Program for Natural Resources Defense Council. She has worked to implement effective environmental review and public participation for proposed pipelines, as well as oil and gas drilling.

Michael Burger Michael Burger is the Executive Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. He oversees a dynamic team of attorneys working in eight program areas to combat climate change. His research and advocacy focus on legal strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote climate change adaptation through pollution control, resource management, land use planning and green finance.

Bradley Campbell Bradley Campbell is President of the Conservation Law Foundation, which focuses on the New England states, and of CLF Ventures, an incubator of market-based environmental solutions. He also is President of Bradley M. Campbell LLC is a law and consulting practice focused on the environment, energy, and development sectors. He is a former Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

The Hon. Bethany Card is Undersecretary of Environmental Policy and Climate Resilience for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. She previously served as the Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs of the Massachusetts Water Resources and as Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Matthew Christiansen Matthew Christiansen is General Counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He formerly served as Legal Advisor to Commissioner Rich Glick and as an attorney advisor for the Commission.

The Hon. Wade Crowfoot The Hon. Wade Crowfoot is Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency and oversees the agency that protects and manages California's natural resources. This includes building California's resilience to climate change-driven threats, including wildfire, drought, flooding and sea-level rise. He previously served as chief executive officer of the Water Foundation, a nonprofit philanthropy that builds shared water solutions across the American West.

Former Senator Christopher J Former Senator Christopher J . Dodd is Senior Counsel at Arnold & Porter and a member of its Legislative and Public Policy group. His practice focuses on helping clients navigate the complex issues around numerous industries, including financial services, media and entertainment, intellectual property and data privacy, telecommunications, healthcare, national security, trade, and sovereigns. He represented Connecticut in the U.S. Senate from 1981 to 2011.

Greg Dotson Greg Dotson is Democratic Chief Counsel for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He previously taught environmental law at the University of Oregon's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center.

Emily Sanford Fisher Emily Sanford Fisher is General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Senior Vice President, Clean Energy for the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). She is responsible for managing EEI's litigation and legal affairs, covering a wide range of energy and environment regulatory and policy issues, at the state and federal level.

Gene Grace Gene Grace is General Counsel at the American Clean Power Association. He oversees the association's legal functions related to governmental affairs. He focuses on the following areas, among others: energy (markets and transmission), environmental (climate and wildlife), international trade, and project development (siting and permitting).

The Hon. Benjamin Grumbles The Hon. Benjamin Grumbles is the Secretary of the Environment for the State of Maryland. His duties include chairing the Governor's Chesapeake Bay Cabinet and the Maryland Climate Change Commission. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Charles Haake Charles Haake is Vice President and General Counsel at the Alliance for Automotive Innovation. He provides legal and policy advice on a range of automotive matters, including fuel economy and vehicle emissions, motor vehicle safety, and connected automation.

Jayni Foley Hein Jayni Foley Hein is the Senior Director for NEPA at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She also teaches Natural Resources Law & Policy at NYU Law The course covers federal lands; the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); onshore and offshore energy development; corporate ESG; protected lands; and the Endangered Species Act.

Alice C. Hill Alice C. Hill is Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her work at CFR focuses on the risks, consequences, and responses associated with climate change. Hill previously served as special assistant to President Barack Obama and senior director for resilience policy on the National Security Council staff where she led the development of national policy to build resilience to catastrophic risks, including climate change and biological threats.

Jane C. Luxton Jane C. Luxton is the Managing Partner of the Washington, DC office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith. From 2007-2009, she served as general counsel of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, advising the Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on legal and policy issues related to natural resource damages, coastal zone and fisheries management, endangered species and marine mammal protection, and weather and climate change science.

Roger R. Martella, Jr. Roger R. Martella, Jr. is the Chief Sustainability Officer for General Electric Corp. He is responsible for leading a comprehensive and cohesive approach to sustainability for GE as it relates to current issues and emerging trends in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). Before going to the private sector, he served as General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Brian M. McDonald is a Corpora Brian M. McDonald is a Corpora te VP & Principal Engineer at Exponent. He specializes in the design and construction of complex structures, extreme loading, and the causes and repair of damage to the built environment. His work often includes nonlinear and dynamic structural analysis, instrumentation and full-scale testing of structures, and material failures including fracture and plasticity analyses.

Samantha Medlock Samantha Medlock is Senior Counsel to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. She previously served in the Obama White House Council on Environmental Quality and Office of Management and Budget, where she worked on climate resilience, flood risk, and disaster recovery policy. She also launched a White House partnership with the insurance industry to increase cross-sector collaboration on climate risk management.

John Morton John Morton is the first Climate Counselor to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Treasury. He will lead Treasury's new Climate Hub and direct the broad range of Treasury's climate-related policy work connected to 1) climate transition finance, 2) climate-related economic and tax policy, and 3) climate-related financial risks.

Steven J. Murray, Ph.D., P.E., Steven J. Murray, Ph.D., P.E., is Group Vice President & Principal Engineer at Exponent. His areas of expertise include failure analysis of electrical and mechanical systems, metallurgy, and the mechanical and electrical properties of materials. He also specializes in the areas of electronics, magnetism, and magnetic materials.

Anne K. Reynolds Anne K. Reynolds is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York. She successfully advocated for New York's Clean Energy Standard and a NYSERDA procurement program to support that mandate, the use of Index REC contracts, the development of an offshore wind program, reform of the permitting process, an improved interconnection process at the NYISO, and a renewed commitment to transmission planning. Previously, served as a Deputy Commissioner at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Janice M. Schneider Janice M. Schneider is a partner at Latham & Watkins and Global Vice Chair of the Environment, Land & Resources Department. Previously, she served as Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management for the US Department of the Interior where she oversaw four Interior Department agencies: the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE).

The Hon. Basil Seggos The Hon. Basil Seggos is the Commissioner for the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. He oversees programs that promote a clean, healthy and accessible environment, including: protecting and restoring New York's air, lands and waters, combatting climate change, enforcing State environmental laws and regulations, responding to natural and man-made disasters, and supporting world-class outdoor recreation on state lands and waters, including hunting, fishing, hiking and paddling.

Sheryl Telford Sheryl Telford is VP, Environment, Health and Safety & Corporate Responsibility at The Chemours Company.

Evan Van Hook is VP Health, Safety, Environment, Product Stewardship and Sustainability at Honeywell International. He previously served as Assistant Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Stacey L. VanBelleghem is a partner at Latham & Watkins and Global Co-Chair of the Project Siting & Approvals Practice. She represents clients in a variety of industry sectors on major project infrastructure and development, administrative petitions and rulemaking, and litigation under federal environmental law.

Charles Viemeister is Project Manager for Strategic Planning at Con Edison. His previous experience at Con Edison includes Section Manager Steam Business Development and Section Manager for Planning.

Mary Wroten is the Director of Global Sustainability & ESG, Ford Motor Company. In this role, she is responsible to lead Ford's global sustainability & ESG program and identify emerging trends, develop company-specific objectives/strategies, and work with functional organizations to drive them into regional/global operations.

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