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Keynote Speaker Lisa Heinzerling, Georgetown Law professor and Outgoing Assistant Administrator of the EPA Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation. A pathbreaker at EPA, pivotal leader behind the 2007 landmark Massachusetts v. EPA ruling, and a bold legal scholar, Professor Heinzerling embodies the ethos of this conference. Through her career in public service, including her success at EPA in achieving greenhouse gas regulation, and her cross-cutting scholarship, Heinzerling proves environmental law to be a powerful field that remains open to idealism.



Panel I: Environmental Law Waitlisted
Environmental Law Waitlisted challenges the place of environmental law in the academy; it will address the nature and the role of environmental law scholarship in academia, both analytically and normatively, and probe evolving and progressive directions in the field. We will ask how environmental law scholarship can be useful to practitioners, as well as hear stories from our panelists about why they chose to write about--or stop writing about--environmental law and where they intend to go with it.
Background Reading:
Toward a Theory of Statutory Evolution: The Federalization of Environmental Law (Ackerman)
Assisted Migration: Redefining Nature and Natural Resource Law Under Climate Change (Camacho)
The Politics of Nature: Climate Change, Environmental Law, and Democracy (Purdy)


Panel II: Clearing the Air
Clearing the Air addresses the EPA's recent updating of their Clean Air Act regulations in light of its endangerment finding following the Massachusetts v. EPA ruling. Clearing the Air will examine the nature of the GHG regulations and the political and economic environment in which they were put in place, with particular salience given the upcoming Supreme Court case over greenhouse gas regulations, American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut. The panel will raise issues including the interplay between different regulatory sites, the domestic/international interface and transboundary challenges and opportunities, social justice issues in the regulatory context, and new possibilities within law, politics, and advocacy.
Background Reading:
What the Law and Lawyers Can and Cannot Do about Global Warming (Gerrard)
Climate Change Litigation in the U.S. (Gerrard)
Environmental Justice in the Tribal Context: A Madness to EPA's Method (O'Neill)
In A Greener Voice: Feminist Theory and Environmental Justice (Verchick)


 
Workshop Session I
11:15 – 12:15 AM


Room 128: State-level Solutions to Energy and Environmental Issues

Kevin M. DelGobbo (Connecticut DPUC).
Student Moderator: Lindsey Trachtenberg (YLS)
Chairman DelGobbo will lead a discussion on state-level approaches to problems at the nexus of energy and the environment. With experience as both a Connecticut State Legislator and Chairman of Connecticut’s Department of Public Utility Control, he will help us to understand the revolution that has taken place in the last decade in the way states and regions address energy issues. In light of this historical background, the workshop will discuss the future for energy policy and regulation at the state level, including how to manage numerous intertwined and sometimes conflicting policy goals.
Investment of RGGI Allowance Proceeds
Connecticut's Conservation and Load Management Plan (DPUC)
ISO New England 2010 Economic Study

Room 124: The Emerging Alliance Between Labor and Environmentalism

Thea Lee (AFL-CIO).
Student Moderators: Kathryn Cahoy and Daniel Knudsen (YLS)
The emerging strategic alliances between labor and environmental advocates are most apparent in the area of clean energy, with prominent unions supporting clean energy projects and commentators like Van Jones writing about the coupling of economic reform and job creation with clean energy to form “green collar economies.” The conversation will focus on the potential of these alliances to bridge gaps and initiate conversations between groups historically polarized on issues relating to environmental protection. This conversation may lead to an interrogation of whether this contact has led to a more anthropocentric environmental movement. Further, we will examine these efforts for their deficiencies and future potential, focusing on how students and advocates can forge new directions in this area.
Economist Debate: Fair Trade

Room 129: Environmental Campaigning: Turning Legal Ideas into Law
 
Professor Michael Northrop (Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Yale FES).
Student Moderator: Simi Bhat (YLS)
Environmental policy requires translating good ideas into sound laws. Advocacy is not a vague concept; it is a tangible toolkit of strategies that have proven effective over time. Professor Northrop will detail the key elements of an effective advocacy strategy. He will draw from the experiences of numerous climate and other public policy campaigns. Workshop participants will discuss which strategies are best suited for the future of environmental law.

Room 121: Wildlife Law and Litigation in the Face of Climate Change
   
Katherine Meyer (Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal) and Professor Alejandro Camacho (UC Irvine).
Student Moderator: Jonathan Smith (YLS and FES)
Wildlife and animal law has seen a number of developments in recent years, from battles over gray wolf delisting between the courts and Congress, innovative animal cruelty prevention adjudication and legislation, and the increasing debate over assisted migration programs. Join us for a discussion about the state of wildlife law and assisted migration under the pressures of climate change, how recent cases can shed light on current wildlife litigation, and what we can expect from the field in the coming years.
Background Reading:
Petitioners' and Government Merits Briefs in AEP v. Connecticut
Assisted Migration (Alejandro Camacho)
Reassessing Conservation Goals in a Changing Climate
Multidimensional Evaluation of Managed Relocation

 

Room 110: Locating Food Policy

Johanna Dyer (NRDC), Allison Tait (YLS-CED), and Bun Lai (Miya’s Sushi).
Student Moderator: Eric Merrill (YLS)
This workshop will address questions of scale, size, and scope with respect to agricultural production and distribution. Food activist, farmers, and environmentalists, faced with the increasing polarization of the agricultural marketplace, are attempting to define the borders of local and regional food systems. Under the threat of being subsumed or put out of business agribusiness producers that trade in corporate consolidation and global aggregation, one goal of the activist community is to find a point—somewhere in the middle of the value chain—where farmers are able to benefit from economies of scale yet produce unique and highly differentiated products. Another goal is to improve the overall quality and quantity of local, sustainable food available to communities. In the workshop we will discuss new research and programmatic initiatives designed to reach these goals.
Farm Bill 2012: Building Coalitions for Change



Workshop Session II

4:45 – 5:45 PM

Room 110: The Global Land Rush and Human Rights: Case Studies on Agricultural and Biofuel Investment
Professor Smita Narula (NYU) and Octavianus Mote (West Papua Action Network).
Student Moderators: Stephanie Safdi (YLS), and Geoffrey Johnson (NYU)
Professor Smita Narula, legal advisor to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, will present insights from the work of NYU School of Law’s International Human Rights Clinic on foreign land deals and human rights. The Global South is experiencing a surge in foreign direct investments in agricultural land. Prompted in part by the global food crisis and by a rising demand for biofuels, state and private investors are buying and leasing millions of hectares of farmland in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. These deals often lack transparency and take place in environments that lack oversight and regulation, with potentially grave consequences on food security and human rights. Octavianus Mote, Founder and Director of the West Papua Action Network, will probe these trends through the case study of West Papua, Indonesia. The goals of the workshop are to illuminate the forces driving large-scale land acquisitions, highlight the rights-based and environmental consequences of these investments, offer legal and policy tools to build alternative pathways, and identify critical tensions within environmentalism’s push for alternative fuels.
Foreign Land Deals and Human Rights: Case Studies on Agricultural and Biofuel Investment

Room 121: Indigenous Peoples, International Human Rights Law, and the Environment

Professor Lorie M. Graham (Suffolk University Law School) and Ms. Nicole Friederichs.
Student Moderators: Jessica Koski (Yale FES), and Rebecca Wolitz (YLS)
This workshop will present insights from the presenters’ work in the field of international human rights law, indigenous peoples and the environment. It will explore whether the international human rights framework can give legal and practical meaning to indigenous peoples’ environmental aspirations and struggles. Discussion will also focus on whether and how the indigenous peoples’ rights movement is relevant and useful to the environmental movement.
Maya Indigenous Communities of the Toledo District
Landmark ruling provides major victory to Kenya’s indigenous Endorois
CERD Shoshone Decision

Room 128: Defending and Enforcing the Government’s Clean Air Laws

Matthew Oakes, Thomas Lorenzen, and Justin Savage (DOJ ENRD).
Student Moderator: Sarah Langberg (YLS and FES)
This workshop will feature three prominent litigators from the Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division: Mr. Thomas Lorenzen and Mr. Matthew Oakes from the Environmental Defense Section, which defends the government’s environmental policies with legal tools, and Mr. Justin Savage from the Environmental Enforcement Section, which brings affirmative actions to enforce the government’s pollution control laws. The workshop will focus on the tensions and synergies between defending and enforcing the government’s Clean Air Act policies. In particular, it will highlight what Massachusetts v. EPA has meant for changing litigation strategies, as well as what future rulings in cases like Connecticut v. AEP may mean for state versus federal greenhouse gas regulations and the dichotomy between defense and enforcement of the government’s clean air laws.
Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. Environmental Protection Agency
Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA (EPA's Response to Motion to Stay)
Texas v. EPA
Texas v. EPA
(EPA's response)
Texas v. EPA
(Texas's Motion to Stay)


Room 112: Environmental Nonprofits and the Attorney-Client Relationship

Nicholas Arons (Islands First) and Marianne Engelman Lado (EarthJustice).
Student Moderators: George Collins (YLS and FES) and Jessica Zalin (Pace)
Public interest environmental law involves complex practical and ethical questions around the attorney-client relationship, ranging from proper representation of nonhuman interests—trees, for example, can do many things humans can’t do, but they’re no good at talking with their lawyers—to balancing the multiple interests of environmental justice plaintiffs (economics, health, environmental quality) with larger strategic goals.

Room 129: Cultural Cognition of Climate Change

Professor Dan Kahan (Yale Law School). Student Moderator: Anthony Moffa (YLS)
Professor Kahan’s work with the concept of cultural cognition is some of the most provacative and noteworthy scholarship in the contemporary legal academy. This workshop will attempt to discern what his research and theories suggest about climate change and the human reaction to it. To that end, Professor Kahan will discuss conclusions drawn from data he has collected on cultural cognition of risk and climate change, with a particular emphasis on the impact of framing. Discussion will focus on the implications of these findings for the advocacy push towards climate action.



Speaker Biographies

Lisa Heinzerling is a Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she has been on the faculty since 1993. From January 2009 until December 2010, she served in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of the Obama administration, first as the senior climate advisor to EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and then as Associate Administrator for the agency’s Office of Policy.

Heinzerling received an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. She clerked for Judge Richard A. Posner on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. on the United States Supreme Court. She served as an assistant attorney general in Massachusetts, specializing in environmental law, before becoming a faculty member at Georgetown. She has been a visiting professor at the Yale, Harvard, and Vermont law schools. In 2003 she won the faculty teaching award at Georgetown. She is the author of numerous articles and several books, including (with Frank Ackerman)
Priceless: On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing (The New Press 2004). Heinzerling was the lead author of petitioners’ winning briefs in Massachusetts v. EPA, in which the Supreme Court held that the Clean Air Act gives EPA the authority to regulate greenhouse gases.



Bruce Ackerman is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale, and the author of fifteen books that have had a broad influence in political philosophy, constitutional law, and public policy. His major works include Social Justice in the Liberal State and his multivolume constitutional history, We the People. His most recent book is The Decline and Fall of the American Republic. His writings on environmental law include Clean Coal/Dirty Air and The Uncertain Search for Environmental Quality. Professor Ackerman is a member of the American Law Institute and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Commander of the French Order of Merit, and the recipient of the American Philosophical Society’s Henry Phillips Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Jurisprudence. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and his LL.B from Yale Law School. 

 

Jedediah Purdy graduated from Harvard College, summa cum laude, with an A.B. in Social Studies, and received his J.D. from Yale Law School. He teaches in environmental, property, and constitutional law. He writes about how law interacts with and embodies ideas about freedom, social order, and the human relationship with the natural world, and how these ideas arise and change.

Purdy clerked for the Honorable Pierre N. Leval of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City and has been a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, an ethics fellow at Harvard University, and a visiting professor at Yale Law School and Harvard Law School. 

Purdy's scholarship has appeared in the Yale Law Journal,University of Chicago Law Review and many others. He is the author of a trilogy of books on American political culture: For Common Things: Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today (Knopf 1999), Being America: Liberty, Commerce, and Violence in an American World (Knopf 2003), and A Tolerable Anarchy: Rebels, Reactionaries, and the Making of American Freedom (Knopf 2009).  The Meaning of Property: Freedom, Community, and the Legal Imagination, appeared in 2010 from Yale University Press.  His essays have appeared in publications including The Atlantic MonthlyThe New York Times Op-Ed Page and Book Review, The American Prospect, Democracy, and Die Zeit.  He is now at work on a history of American environmental ideas.

 

Alejandro Camacho’s research and scholarship analyzes the design and goals of environmental, land use, and natural resource decision-making processes, with a particular focus on adaptive management, collaborative governance, and climate change adaptation.  Professor Camacho is a co-investigator in an NSF-funded interdisciplinary collaborative working with The Nature Conservancy and Chicago Wilderness studying and developing innovative tools for managing the effects of climate change on natural resources. He teaches courses in the areas of Environmental Law, Property, Regulatory Design, and Environmental Ethics.

 

Prior to joining the U.C. Irvine School of Law faculty, Professor Camacho was an Associate Professor at the Notre Dame Law School. From 2003 to 2005, Professor Camacho was a research fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center, and from 1998 to 2003 he was an Associate in the Environment, Land and Resources Department of Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles, California. He has also worked at the Massachusetts Department Of Environmental Protection, Office of General Counsel. He has been a Fellow at the Center for Progressive Reform since 2008, and is the former chair of the Section on Natural Resources of the Association of American Law Schools.

 

Professor Camacho holds a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, and two B.A. summa cum laude degrees in Political Science and Criminology from the University of California, Irvine.  

 

Michael Gerrard is Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School.  He teaches courses on environmental law, climate change law, and energy law.  From 1979 through 2008 he practiced environmental law in New York, most recently as managing partner of the New York office of Arnold & Porter LLP. Upon joining the Columbia law faculty, he became Senior Counsel to the firm.  His practice involved trying numerous cases and arguing many appeals in federal and state courts and administrative tribunals, handling the environmental aspects of numerous transactions and development projects, and providing regulatory compliance advice to a wide variety of clients in the private and public sectors.

A prolific writer in environmental law and climate change, Gerrard twice received the Association of American Publishers' Best Law Book award for works on environmental law and brownfields.  He has written or edited nine books, including Global Climate Change and U.S. Law, the leading work in its field. His eighth book, The Law of Green Buildings (with Cullen Howe), was published in August 2010, and his ninth book, The Law of Clean Energy: Efficiency and Renewables, will be published in the spring of 2011.  Since 1986 he has been an environmental law columnist for the New York Law Journal

Gerrard was the 2004-2005 chair of the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources.  He also chaired the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.  Several independent rating services ranked Gerrard as the leading environmental lawyer in New York and one of the leading environmental lawyers in the world.

Gerrard has taught courses at Columbia University School of Law, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and New York University Law School. He has also lectured on environmental law in Great Britain, France, Netherlands, Denmark, China, India, Canada, and throughout the United States.

 

Catherine O’Neill was a Ford Foundation Graduate Fellow at Harvard Law School. She came to the Northwest in 1992 as an environmental planner and air toxics coordinator for the Washington State Department of Ecology. From 1994 to1997, she was a Lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law. From 1997 to 2001, Professor O'Neill was Assistant, then Associate Professor at the University of Arizona College of Law. She joined the faculty in 2001.

Professor O’Neill’s research focuses on issues of justice in environmental law and policy; in particular, her work considers the effects of contamination and depletion of fish and other resources relied upon by tribes and their members, communities of color and low-income communities. She has worked with the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council on its Fish Consumption Report; with various tribes in the Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes on issues of contaminated fish and waters; and with environmental justice groups in the Southwest on air and water pollution issues. Professor O’Neill has testified before Congress on regulations governing mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. She has also served as a pro bono consultant to the attorneys for the National Congress of American Indians and other tribes in litigation challenging these mercury regulations. Professor O’Neill is a Member Scholar with the Center for Progressive Reform.

Professor O’Neill has published numerous scholarly articles, including Variable Justice: Environmental Standards, Contaminated Fish, and “Acceptable” Risk to Native Peoples (Stanford Environmental Law Journal, 2000); Mercury, Risk, and Justice (Environmental Law Reporter, 2004); and No Mud Pies: Risk Avoidance as Risk Regulation (Vermont Law Review, 2007).
 

 

Robert Verchick is a nationally recognized expert in environmental law, climate change adaptation, and in the developing field of disaster law and policy. He teaches courses in these areas and serves as the Faculty Director of Loyola's Center for Environmental Law and Land Use. Before coming to Loyola in 2004, Verchick practiced environmental law for three years in Seattle and taught for eleven years on the law faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). From 2009 through 2010 he took leave from Loyola and served in the Obama administration as Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In that role he helped develop climate adaptation policy for the EPA and the White House and served on President Obama's Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force.

 

Verchick has represented environmental interests in friend-of-the-court briefs in important cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal appellate courts, including Coliseum Square Association v. Jackson, 128 S.Ct. 40 (2007); Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005), and Fort Gratiot v. Michigan Dep’t of Natural Resources, 504 U.S. 353 (1992). He is a Member Scholar (on leave) and former board member of the Center for Progressive Reform, a policy institute dedicated to making a positive case for health, safety, and environmental protection.

 

Verchick's writing has appeared in many venues, including the California Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, and the Harvard Environmental Law Review. He is author or co-author of three books, including Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World.

 

Verchick has taught as a visiting professor at Peking University, Aarhus University (Denmark), Lewis & Clark College, and Seattle University and has received teaching awards at Loyola University, UMKC, Seattle University, and Harvard University. He has lectured on environmental topics in Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Israel, China, and throughout the United States.

 
 

Biographies of Workshop Presenters:


Nicole Friederichs is an attorney specializing in federal Indian law, indigenous peoples rights and international human rights law. She has developed a monitoring framework for the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, been part of on-going efforts of the Western Shoshone tribe and Maya peoples of Belize to protect their indigenous lands and natural resources, and has worked on several jurisdictional cases between Native American tribes and New England states. Prior to practicing law, Nicole worked in the international development sector supporting community development and education programs located in West Africa. She holds a LLM in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy from the University of Arizona, a JD from Suffolk University Law School, and is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the London School of Economics.”


Lorie M. Graham is a Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School in Boston Massachusetts, where she teaches courses on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Property, and International Human Rights. She holds an LL.M from Harvard Law School and a J.D. from Syracuse University. Professor Graham has served as legal consultant on a range of matters impacting indigenous nations in the United States, such as land claims, economic development, environmental protection, and jurisdictional disputes. She serves on a number of committees, including the International Law Association’s Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Harvard University Native American Advisory Board. She is the former director of the Harvard University Native American Program and has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School and at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She practiced law at Kramer, Levin in New York City, and clerked for the Honorable Richard D. Simons of the New York Court of Appeals. Professor Graham has served as an author for the Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law and has recently published a book on International Law: Examples and Explanations with Aspen Publishing. She is the author of a number of book chapters and articles relating to international human rights and indigenous peoples’ rights.


Kevin M. DelGobbo, a Republican, was appointed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control in January 2009. He was subsequently to serve as Chairman and assumed that role on July 1, 2009. Prior to serving on the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control, Chairman DelGobbo served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1997 to 2008 where he served as the Ranking member of the Energy Committee. In 2005, Chairman DelGobbo was a principal co-author of the State’s “Energy Independence Act.” He was also a member of Governor Rell’s working group to develop her “Energy Vision” policy for the state.


Thea Lee is Deputy Chief of Staff at the AFL-CIO, where she has also served as Policy Director and Chief International Economist. Previously, she worked as an international trade economist at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. and as an editor at Dollars & Sense magazine in Boston. She received a Bachelors degree from Smith College and a Masters degree in economics from the University of Michigan.

Ms. Lee is co-author of A Field Guide to the Global Economy, published by the New Press. Her research projects include reports on the North American Free Trade Agreement, on the impact of international trade on U.S. wage inequality, and on the domestic steel and textile industries.

She has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, including the News Hour with Jim Lehrer; CNN; Good Morning America; NPR's All Things Considered and Marketplace; and the PBS documentary, Commanding Heights. She has testified before several committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate on various economic policy topics. She serves on several advisory committees, including the State Department Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and the Export-Import Bank Advisory Committee. She is also on the Board of Directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research.


Thomas Lorenzen is an Assistant Chief in the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. He is the principal supervisor of the Division’s petition-for-review practice, and is responsible for managing the legal defense of the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules, regulations, and other final actions subject to original judicial review in the federal courts of appeals. Among the notable cases Mr. Lorenzen has supervised are Massachusetts v. EPA (D.C. Cir. and S.Ct.), which confirmed EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, and the numerous cases currently pending before the D.C. Circuit in which industry groups and some States challenge EPA’s various rules relating to regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Mr. Lorenzen is a 1985 graduate of the Harvard Law School and received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA.


Justin Savage is a Senior Counsel in the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. He is a trial lawyer and supervisor in the Division’s Environmental Enforcement Section, focusing on civil enforcement federal environmental laws on behalf of EPA. Mr. Savage was lead counsel in United States v. American Electric Power (S.D. Ohio), in which EPA received the largest single environmental settlement in history. Mr. Savage also served as lead counsel in the remedy phase of United States v. Cinergy (S.D. Ind.), the first remedy case to be tried under the New Source Review provisions of the Clean Air Act. Currently, Mr. Savage is serving as lead trial counsel for DOI in Ensco v. Salazar (E.D. La), a case alleging unduly delay in the processing of deepwater drilling applications in the Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Savage is a 1997 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and received his bachelor’s degree from McNeese State University.

Matthew R. Oakes is a both an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland School of Law, where he teaches a seminar on the Clean Air Act, and a Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. Mr. Oakes’ practice involves both enforcement and defensive litigation under federal pollution control statutes, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. Representative cases include defense of EPA’s Clean Air Mercury Rule in the D.C. Circuit and defense of the United States in Appleton Papers v. George Whiting (E.D. WI), a case related to the PCB cleanup of the Fox River in Wisconsin. The Fox River cleanup is the largest active CERCLA cleanup in the country, with a total cleanup cost estimate of roughly $1.5 billion dollars. Mr. Oakes is a 2002 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and received his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.


Katherine Anne Meyer is a founding partner of Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal, one of the nation’s leading public interest law firms. Ms. Meyer specializes in animal and wildlife protection, endangered species law, environmental law, public health and open-government laws, including the Freedom of Information Act. She has represented a broad spectrum of grassroots animal protection, wildlife, environmental, and public health groups as well as writers, historians, and journalists seeking access to government information.

Ms. Meyer has taught Civil Litigation and Public Interest Advocacy for the Public Interest Law Scholars Program at Georgetown University Law Center, and co-authored the Litigation Strategy Chapter for the American Civil Liberties Union's Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Handbook. She has been on the Board of Directors of Defenders of Wildlife, the Center for Auto Safety, and the Center for Biological Diversity, and currently serves on the board of the Wildlife Advocacy Project. and also served on the Advisory Committee on Procedures for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She has testified before Congress on many occasions and has appeared on television and radio programs, including "Larry King Live," "Good Morning America," CNN, National Public Radio and "Cross-Fire."


Dan Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law at Yale Law School. In addition to risk perception, his areas of research include criminal law and evidence. Prior to coming to Yale in 1999, Professor Kahan was on the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School. He also served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court (1990-91) and to Judge Harry Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1989-90). He received his B.A. from Middlebury College and his J.D. from Harvard University.


Johanna Dyer, NRDC Legal Fellow, New York, grew up in smallish-town Northern California, and stayed in the region for college and later to work for the California legislature. In 2005, she moved to the East Coast for law school, and eventually ended up in New York at NRDC’s Urban Program. Her focus in the Urban Program is primarily on green economic development, sustainable agriculture and other environmental and economic initiatives in the greater New York area. She has a lifelong interest in rural and agricultural matters with a growing attention to urban environmental issues.