Conference Program

26th Annual NAELS Conference: Environmental Justice, Where Are We Now?

Hosted by the Harvard Law School Environmental Law Society

March 28–29, 2014 in Cambridge, MA

Friday, March 28th

Registration: 11:30am–12:30pm, Wasserstein Hall, 2nd Floor

Opening Address and Lunch: 12:30pm–1:45pm, Milstein West A

  • Welcome Speech, Professor Richard Lazarus, Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • The Origins of the EJ Movement, Dr. Robert Bullard, Dean, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University

Panel 1: “What is Environmental Justice?” 1:45pm–3:00pm, Milstein West A, Overflow Room Wasserstein 1019

  • Moderator: Tom Zeller, Jr., Fellow, Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT and Freelance Journalist
  • Panelists:
    • Kalila Barnett, Executive Director, Alternatives for Community & Environment
    • Sheila Holt-Orsted, Environmental Justice Activist
    • Hilton Kelley, Founder and CEO, Community In-power & Development Association
    • Richard Marcantonio, Managing Attorney, Public Advocates

Panel 2: “Strategies for Achieving Environmental Justice” 3:30pm–4:45pm, Milstein West A, Overflow Room Wasserstein 1019

  • Moderator: Professor Richard Lazarus, Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Panelists:
    • Steve Fischbach, Staff Attorney, Rhode Island Legal Services/Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island
    • Albert Huang, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
    • Brent Newell, Legal Director, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment
    • Benjamin Wilson, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond

Event in Honor of Luke Cole: 5:00pm–5:30pm, Milstein East C

  • Caroline Farrell, Executive Director, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment

Keynote Address and Reception: 5:30pm–8:30pm, Milstein West A and B, Overflow Room Wasserstein 1019

  • Introduction, Professor Jody Freeman, Archibald Cox Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Keynote Address and Presentation of Horizon Award, former EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Vice President for Environmental Initiatives, Apple
  • Reception to follow

Saturday, March 29th

Registration and Breakfast: 8:30am–9:30am, Austin Hall Rotunda

Concurrent Panel Track I: 9:30am–10:30am, Austin Hall East & West

Panel 3A: “Rural Environmental Justice”

  • Moderated by Barry Hill, Senior Counsel for Environmental Governance, Office of International and Tribal Affairs, U.S. EPA
  • Panelists:
    • Laurel Firestone, Co-Executive Director, Community Water Center
    • Professor James Grijalva, Lloyd & Ruth Friedman Professor of Law; Director, Tribal Environmental Law Project, University of North Dakota School of Law
    • Stephanie Tyree, Director of Community Engagement and Policy, West Virginia Community Development Hub

Panel 3B: “Food Justice”

  • Moderated by Eugene Benson, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions
  • Panelists:
    • Steve Fischer, Executive Director, Regional Environmental Council of Central Massachusetts
    • Edith Murnane, Director, Boston Office of Food Initiatives
    • Karen Spiller, Director, Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness
    • Gregory Watson, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

Concurrent Panel Track II: 10:45am–11:45am, Austin Hall East & West

Panel 4A: “Urban Environmental Justice”

  • Moderated by Rafael Mares, Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation
  • Panelists:
    • Eddie Bautista, Executive Director, The New York City Environmental Justice Alliance
    • Rhona Julien, Environmental Health Scientist, US EPA Region 1 & Adjunct Professor, Harvard Extension School
    • Peggy Shepard, Executive Director, WE ACT
    • Nicholas Targ, Partner, Holland & Knight

Panel 4B: “Access to Clean Energy”

  • Moderated by Professor Michael Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice & Director, Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
  • Panelists:
    • Professor Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University; Principle Investigator, the Harvard Clean Energy Project
    • Veronica Eady, Vice President of Healthy Communities and Environmental Justice, Conservation Law Foundation
    • Deidre Sanders, Ph.D., Politics and Policy, Claremont Graduate University; Environmental Justice Program Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Plenary Address and Lunch: 11:45am–1:00pm, Austin Hall North

  • The Importance of Community Organizing, Mela Bush, Lead Organizer, Greater Four Corners Action Coalition

Interview with EJ Expert Professor Gerald Torres: 1:15pm–2:15pm, Austin Hall North

  • Professor Gerald Torres, Bryant Smith Chair in Law, University of Texas School of Law
  • Interviewed by Professor Lani Guinier, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Panel 5: “Alternative Approaches to Meeting EJ Goals” 2:30pm–3:30pm, Austin Hall North

  • Moderated by Professor Sheila Foster, Vice Dean; Albert A. Walsh Professor of Law; Co-Director, Stein Center for Law & Ethics, Fordham School of Law
  • Panelists:
    • Ian Cheney, Documentary Film Director
    • Kari Fulton, Interim Director, Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative
    • Robert Garcia, Founding Director and Counsel, The City Project
    • Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director, UPROSE

Breakout Sessions with special guest Environmental Protection Agency: 3:45pm–5:00pm, Austin Hall East, West, & North

  • EJ: A Core to EPA’s Mission, Curt SpaldingEPA New England Regional Administrator 3:45-4:00 pm
  • Breakout Sessions: Continuing the Conversation on EJ with Federal Representatives 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Topics will include:
    • Getting Local Environmental Justice Results and Making a Visible Difference in Communities
    • Environmental Justice and Climate Change
    • Environmental Justice and the Regulatory Public Process

Closing Remarks and Celebratory Reception: 5:00pm–6:00pm, The Wasserstein Pub

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