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Law school to hold conference on legal challenges posed by climate change


Published March 9, 2017

UB’s Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy and the Buffalo Environmental Law Journal will bring together noted experts to discuss how law and policy can help society address the changing climate — and the justice issues those changes raise — as part of “The Changing Climate: Reflections on Current Law, Policy, Justice and Regulation.”

The conference will take place March 10-11 in the Cellino and Barnes Conference Center, 509 O’Brian Hall, North Campus. It is free and open to the public. Registration is available on the Baldy Center’s website.

“This conference frames this issue with a Buffalo perspective and then opens the discussion to issues that are shared around the globe,” says Kim Diana Connolly, professor of law and a conference organizer who directs the UB School of Law’s environmental law program.

poster for the Changing Climate law school conference.

The two-day event will open on March 10 with a panel from 4-5:30 p.m. focused on local issues and featuring environmental law experts from the Western New York community.

Sam Magavern, an adjunct professor in the UB School of Law and co-director of the Partnership for the Public Good, will moderate the discussion, “Buffalo at the Crossroads: Advocating for Climate Justice in a Cold City,” which will feature John Washington, co-director of organizing, PUSH Buffalo; David Kowalski, founder, Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo; and Robert Ciesielski, energy committee chair, Sierra Club, Atlantic Chapter. A reception will follow the discussion.

On March 11, international scholars will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to share ideas on issues related to climate change law and emerging solutions. Topics will include energy security, inclusivity, trade, environmental integrity and ecosystem governance.

In addition to Connolly, presenters will include:

  • Deepa Badrinarayana, professor, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Chapman University.
  • Cinnamon Carlarne, associate dean for faculty and professor of law, Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University.
  • Poalo D. Farah, assistant professor of public administration, West Virginia University.
  • Zoe Hamstead, assistant professor, UB School of Architecture and Planning.
  • Keith Hirokawa, associate professor of law, Albany Law School.
  • Hari M. Osofsky, Robins Kaplan Professor of Law and faculty director of the Energy Transition Lab, University of Minnesota Law School.
  • Jeffery Ray, energy law practitioner.
  • Nicholas A. Robinson, university professor and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law Emeritus, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University (via video).
  • Anemoon Soete, faculty of law, Department of European, Public and International Law, Ghent University.