2021 Symposium

2021 Symposium






























Environmental activists and corporations often find themselves at odds, whether in courtrooms, through policymaking, or on the ground, mainly corresponding with clean energy, wildlife protection, and land use. Vermont Law Reviews 21st Annual Symposium will explore challenges and commonalities between these often diverging groups, ultimately forecasting how environmental and business interests might cooperate to care for the planet. 

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Friday November 5, 2021

8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

9:30 to 10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Beth McCormack | Interim President and Dean, Vermont Law School
Diarra Raymond | JD/MARJ’22 candidate, Volume 46. Editor-in-Chief, Vermont Law School
Mariah Harrod | JD’22 Symposium Editor, Vermont Law Review

10 to 10:40 a.m. Keynote Address
Introduction: Mariah Harrod, JD’22 Symposium Editor, Vermont Law Review

Bruce Kahn | Lecturer and Investment Analyst, Strategist and Portfolio Manager, Columbia University

10:45 to 12:10 p.m. Panel I: “Incorporating Major Business Entities Into Clean Energy”
Moderator: Amy Laura Cahn, Visiting Professor of Law, and Director of the Environmental Justice Clinic, Vermont Law School

Jessica Olson | JD’07, Director Of Environmental Policy, Honeywell
Hannah Wiseman | Professor Of Law and Wilson Faculty Fellow, Penn State University
Justin Kolber | LLM’07, Assistant Attorney General, Environmental and Consumer Protection Division, Vermont Attorney General’s Office
Elizabeth Mcdonald | Attorney, Chalk & Behrendt, Australia

12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Afternoon Break and Refreshments

1:15 to 2:55 p.m. Panel II: “Corporate Accountability in Wildlife Protection”
Moderator: Pamela Vesilind, Assistant Professor of Law, Vermont Law School

Delcianna Winders | Visiting Associate Professor Of Law, Director of the Animal Law Program, Vermont Law School
Cydnee Bence | JD’20/LLM’22, LLM Fellow, Center For Agriculture And Food Systems, Vermont Law School
Karrigan Bork | Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law
Erica Lyman | Director of Global Law Alliance
Joan Schaffner (Ze, Zir) | Associate Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School

3:00 to 4:25 p.m. Panel III: “Environmental And Economic Viability: Reforming Land Use Law”
Moderator: Hillary Hoffmann, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School

John R. Nolan | Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus, Elisabeth Haub School Of Law, Pace University
Stephen R. Miller | Professor Of Law, University Of Idaho College Of Law
Jessica Jay | JD’97 Founder And Principal Attorney, Conservation Law, P.C.
Robert “Bob” Perschel | Executive Director of New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF)

4:30 to 4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
Mariah Harrod | JD’20, Symposium Editor, Vermont Law Review

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