Panelists

SHAKEB AFSAH, Performeks LLC, The CO2 Scorecard

ShakebShakeb Afsah is an environmental economist and currently serves as the CEO of Bethesda, Maryland-based consulting firm Performeks LLC. In the 1990s he worked at the World Bank’s Development Economics Research Group where he helped start the research program on public disclosure and environmental regulation. He was a resident advisor to the Ministers of the Environment in Indonesia and the Philippines and implemented their national environmental rating and disclosure programs. More recently, he helped the Government of Ghana implement the first environmental disclosure program in Africa. His recent book on environmental disclosure (co-authored with Allen Blackman, Thomas Sterner, and Jorge Garcia) provides a fifteen-year documentation of the environmental rating and disclosure program of Indonesia. Afsah also runs the climate policy website www.CO2Scorecard.org which is widely recognized for its research notes on energy efficiency and shale gas.

MARK A. COHEN, Vanderbilt Law School, Resources for the Future

CohenMark Cohen is an expert on the government regulation and enforcement as well as mandatory and voluntary information disclosure programs, having published numerous articles on such topics as the effect of the community right-to-know laws on firm behavior; why companies reduce toxic chemical emissions; benefit-cost analysis of oil spill regulation and enforcement; whether it “pays” to be green; and the potential of information disclosure on greenhouse gas emissions. He previously served as an economist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as Vice President for Research at Resources for the Future.

CHRISTINE L. DELORME, Federal Trade Commission, Division of Advertising Practices

DeLormeChristine Lee DeLorme is an attorney in the FTC’s Division of Advertising Practices, where she investigates violations of the FTC Act related to deceptive advertising, with a focus on health-related claims for foods and dietary supplements.  Ms. DeLorme has also served as an attorney advisor to former FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, advising the former Chairman on a wide variety of consumer protection issues, including advertising, financial fraud, and privacy.  Before joining the FTC in 2004, Ms. DeLorme was a trial attorney with the National Criminal Enforcement Section of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division. Ms. DeLorme received an A.B. in History and a B.S. in Biology from Stanford University in 1996 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2000. 

SUSAN L. DONEGAN, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Financial Regulation

DoneganSusan L. Donegan is the chief regulator of Vermont’s financial-services industry. The department supervises traditional and captive insurance companies and their representatives, state-chartered banks and credit unions, licensed and brokers and all other non-depository financial institutions, as well as securities broker dealers and investment advisors.

Donegan is a seasoned attorney with broad subject-matter knowledge of financial services regulation. She holds a law degree from Vermont Law School, an LL.M. master’s degree in Banking and Financial Services Law from Boston University School of Law and an LL.M. degree in European Union and International Trade Law from Amsterdam Law School at Universiteit van Amsterdam.

BRIAN DUNKIEL, Dunkiel Saunders

JOAN MACLEOD HEMINWAY, University of Tennessee College of Law

HeminwayJoan MacLeod Heminway is the W.P. Toms Distinguished Professor of Law at The University of Tennessee (UT) College of Law in Knoxville and a fellow of the Center for Business and Economic Research, the Center for the Study of Social Justice, and the Center for Corporate Governance at UT-Knoxville. Prior to joining the UT College of Law faculty in 2000, Professor Heminway practiced transactional business law (public offerings, private placements, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and restructurings) for nearly 15 years in the Boston office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  Professor Heminway’s scholarship focuses on disclosure law and policy, as well as other securities regulation, corporate finance, and corporate governance issues under federal and state law. Her work has been published in a wide range of law reviews and journals. She is a member of the American Law Institute and is licensed to practice in Tennessee and Massachusetts (inactive).

GEORGE KIMBRELL, Center for Food Safety

George Kimbrell is Senior Attorney for the Center for Food Safety (CFS).  His litigation and policy work spans a broad range of CFS program areas, including: the public’s right to know and food labeling; genetically engineered (GE) foods; transgenic plants, trees and animals; food safety and contamination; organic standards; factory farm pollution; aquaculture; pesticides; agricultural patent law; and nanotechnology.  George also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Lewis and Clark Law School, where he teaches food and agriculture law.  He has written and presented extensively on a range of issues related to industrial agriculture’s impacts on the environment.  George joined CFS upon completing a clerkship with the Honorable Ronald M. Gould, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He received undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the College of William and Mary, and his law degree, magna cum laude, from Lewis and Clark Law School.

KATRINA FISCHER KUH, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University

KuhKatrina Fischer Kuh is an Associate Professor of Law at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University where she teaches Environmental Law, Torts, Global Change and U.S. Law, and International Environmental Law. Her scholarship, which has been published in journals including the Duke Law Journal and Vanderbilt Law Review, focuses on climate change, sustainability, and second generation environmental challenges. Professor Kuh is the co-editor of The Law of Adaptation to Climate Change: United States and International Aspects. Prior to joining the Hofstra faculty in 2007, Professor Kuh worked in the environmental and litigation practice groups in the New York Office of Arnold & Porter LLP and served as an advisor on natural resource policy in the United States Senate. She received her law degree from the Yale Law School and served as a law clerk to Judge Charles A. Haight of the District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge Diana Gribbon Motz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

SANFORD J. LEWIS, Strategic Counsel on Corporate Accountability

LewisSanford J. Lewis is an attorney with over 30 years of experience in public policy related issues, including environmental law, securities law and public policy campaigns. He is a leading national expert on corporate duties of disclosure of environmental and social issues in securities filings. He is a member of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets, and former Board member of CERES and Communities Concerned About Corporations.

TARA MALLOY, Senior Counsel, Campaign Legal Center

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMs. Malloy joined the Campaign Legal Center in November 2006. She litigates a wide range of campaign finance and election law cases in state and federal court, and has expertise in campaign finance, lobbying, and congressional ethics issues.

Ms. Malloy has spoken at conferences and events nationwide on election law and has appeared as a legal expert on various news programs, including on MSNBC, PBS and NPR. She has written articles on campaign finance and ethics issues for various publications, including the Politico and The Legal Times, and is frequently quoted in national news publications, including The Washington PostLos Angeles TimesUSA TodayTime and Roll Call. Recent publications include A New Transparency: How to Ensure Disclosure from “Mixed Purpose” Groups after Citizens United, 46 U.S.F. L. Rev. 425 (2011).

MATTHEW MCFEELEY, Natural Resources Defense Council

McFeeleyMatthew McFeeley is an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Land & Wildlife Program. His work focuses on protecting communities and wild places from the impacts of oil and gas development and hydraulic fracturing, and advocating for policies that will ensure our environment and health are not sacrificed in pursuit of our energy needs. Matthew has worked extensively on the issue of hydraulic fracturing disclosure, authoring a report on the topic and participating in legislative and regulatory processes at the state and federal level. Matthew has a Masters degree in public policy from the University of Chicago and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

WALTER OLSON, Cato Institute

OlsonWalter Olson is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies. Olson’s most recent book, Schools for Misrule: Legal Academia and an Overlawyered America (Encounter Books), appeared in 2011 and was described by Publisher’s Weekly as “cutting-edge commentary,” “astute,” “witty” and “hard-hitting.” His other books include The Litigation ExplosionThe Rule of Lawyers, and The Excuse Factory, and his writing appears regularly in such publications as the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.  The Washington Post has dubbed him the “intellectual guru of tort reform.” On the web, he founded and continues to run Overlawyered.com, widely cited as the oldest blog on law as well as one of the most popular.

SHAILESH R. SAHAY, Arnold & Porter LLP

BRADLEY A. SMITH, Chairman, Center for Competitive Politics, and Visiting Judge John T. Copenhaver Chair of Law, West Virginia University College of Law, and Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law, Capital University

CIARA TORRES-SPELLISCY, Stetson University College of Law

Torres-SpelliscyCiara Torres-Spelliscy is an assistant professor, teaching courses in Election Law, Corporate Governance, and Constitutional Law at Stetson University College of Law. Prior to joining Stetson’s faculty, she was Counsel in the Democracy Program of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. She was an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP and a staffer for Senator Richard Durbin.  Professor Torres-Spelliscy has testified before Congress, and has helped draft legislation and Supreme Court briefs. As well as publishing in the Montana Law Review, University of San Francisco Law Review and the NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, and chapters in books, she has been published in New York Times, New York Law Journal, Boston Review, Business Week, Forbes, The Atlantic, USA Today, The Hill, Huffington Post, Judicature, Salon, and CNN.com. She has also been quoted by the media in The Economist, New York Times, National Journal, USA Today, L.A. Times, NPR, Fox and NY1. In 2013, Professor Torres-Spelliscy was named as a member of the Lawyers of Color’s50 Under 50″ list of minority law professors making an impact in legal education.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute on Money in State Politics.

DAVID ZUCKERMAN, Vermont State Senator and Farmer, Full Moon Farm

ZuckermanIn 2012, David became the third Progressive elected to the Vermont Senate. Prior to becoming a Senator, Dave was a State Representative from Burlington for 14 years before stepping down in 2010 to move to Hinesburg and grow Full Moon Farm, an organic farm co-owned with his spouse, Rachel Nevitt.

Dave has been a leader on many issues that will likely come before the Senate in the coming years. On sustainable agricultural issues, healthcare reform, labor relations, end-of-life-choice, marijuana policy, labeling of GMO foods and progressive taxation, Dave has continued to be an outspoken leader.

 


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