Law Seminars International Presents

An Important Two-Day Conference on

Climate Change Regulation and Policy

Managing the Risks and Taking Advantage of Related Business Opportunities

April 19 & 20, 2007
Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC
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Who Should Order Homestudy

Private law practitioners, in-house counsel, government lawyers and policy-makers, climate consultants and those involved in what localities, states and regions in the United States and certain key players overseas (EU, China, India, Japan, Brazil, Canada) are doing to address this important issue

Why Order

Climate change and determining whether and how to regulate ever-increasing greenhouse gas emissions is the preeminent environmental issue of our time. National GHG emission regulation would be the first major environmental regulatory program adopted in the U.S. in two decades and will remain an enormous regulatory challenge throughout the careers of all those presently engaged in the issue. The mission of this program is to provide the information and analysis needed both to manage the risks associated with climate change and take advantage of related business opportunities. These and other questions will be addressed in this program by some of the top practitioners and policy experts in the field. Program Co-Chairs: Daniel M. Adamson, Esq. and David J. von Hoogstraten, Esq.

What You Will Learn

* Is mandatory federal regulation inevitable? * What is being proposed on Capitol Hill and by whom? * What is the timetable? * The future of the state and regional GHG emissions control mechanisms being implemented around the country: will federal legislation address liability? * The role of the courts in dealing with the climate issue * The do's and don'ts of preparation for impending regulation * What is the most efficient manner to achieve GHG reductions? What is the likely cost of regulation and who will shoulder those costs? * How will allowance emission trading systems work? What opportunities do they present? * How will the U.S. regulatory scheme fit in and interact with the international regime currently being renegotiated? * What is likely to be agreed internationally to replace Kyoto 2012? * Is there a technological fix on the horizon and how can we encourage greater investment in R&D?

What Attendees Said

~ Look forward to attending future seminars ~ Each presenter was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and articulate ~ Excellent seminar with top notch presenters ~ Informative and practical


Thursday, April 19, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Daniel M. Adamson, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Washington, DC
  David J. van Hoogstraten, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Hunton & Williams LLP / Washington, DC
8:45 am Opening Address
  Climate Change Policy: The Road Ahead for the United States and the World
  The Hon. Chuck Hagel, Senator
United States Senate / Washington, DC
9:15 am International Policy - Developing the Post-2012 Kyoto Agenda
  A new international negotiation: Alternative approaches to Kyoto and AP-6
  Elliot Diringer, Director of International Strategies
Pew Center on Global Climate Change / Arlington, VA
  How can we link our domestic approach with a global effort to solve a global problem, involving China and India?
  David B. Finnegan, Esq.
Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP / Washington, DC
10:15 am Break
10:45 am International Policy - Developing the Post-2012 Kyoto Agenda
  The prospects for Kyoto: What will the post-2012 carbon market look like?
  Annie Petsonk, Esq., International Counsel
Environmental Defense / Washington, DC
  What to expect in international forums for the rest of the Administration; building upon AP-6 and other international programs
  Harlan L. Watson, Ph.D., Senior Climate Negotiator
U.S. Department of State / Washington, DC
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Federal Legislation
  Prospects for regulatory and tax legislation; oversight hearings in the new Congress; the debate rages but will greenhouse gas emissions control legislation be enacted in the 110th Congress or only after the 2008 Presidential election?
  Roger Ballentine, Esq., President
Green Strategies, Inc. / Washington, DC
  The changing politics and policies of climate change
  Jason S. Grumet, Esq., Executive Director
National Commission on Energy Policy / Washington, DC
  Update on the various proposals so far, their supporters and opponents, and what their fate suggests about the prospect for future efforts
  Joseph C. Stanko, Jr., Esq.
Hunton & Williams LLP / Washington, DC
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm The Bush Administration's Climate Change Strategy
  James L. Connaughton, Esq., Chairman
White House Council on Environmental Quality / Washington, DC
4:00 pm State and Regional Regulations and Programs
  West Coast: California's ambitious new climate change law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by twenty-five percent by 2020; California Public Utility Commission's greenhouse gas generation performance standard; efforts in Oregon and Washington
  Allison A. Davis, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / San Francisco, CA
  Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and renewable portfolio standards
  Michael J. Bradley, Principal
M.J. Bradley & Associates / Concord, MA
5:30 pm Reception for Attendees and Faculty
  Sponsored by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and Hunton & Williams LLP

Friday, April 20, 2007

8:30 am Litigation Watch: Who is Suing and Being Sued? What are the Theories and Defenses? Is there any Clear Guidance Coming Out of the Cases?
  Climate change cases initiated by state Attorneys General
  Paula Cotter, Esq., Environmental Counsel
National Association of Attorneys General / Washington, DC
  The Supreme Court case (Massachusetts v. EPA) and other key climate litigation
  Norman W. Fichthorn, Esq.
Hunton & Williams LLP / Washington, DC
  California's suit against automakers asserting tailpipe emissions are increasing the state's cost of combating wild fires and floods; other cases
  Craig Gannett, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Seattle, WA
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Greenhouse Gas Transactions: What are the Financial Opportunities? Who Will Come Out Ahead?
  Market structures: Chicago Climate Exchange; trading renewable energy credits; green tag certification programs for generating facilities
  William M. Ferretti, Ph.D., Vice President
Chicago Climate Exchange, Inc. / Chicago, IL
  Early action: Shareholder initiatives; corporate citizenship; SEC disclosure issues; voluntary DOE and EPA programs such as Climate Partners; joint implementation program; whether credit for early action will actually materialize
  James W. Rubin, Esq.
Hunton & Williams LLP / Washington, DC
  Trading and investment opportunities created by Kyoto; the EU Trading System; the growing voluntary market in the U.S.; prospects for a more robust trading market in the U.S.
  William Tyndall, Esq., Managing Director
Natsource Asset Management LLC / New York, NY
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Panel Discussion on Developing Your Strategy for the Future
  Key components of successful plans to take advantage of business opportunities and reduce business risks
  Kenneth Berlin, Esq.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP / Washington, DC
  Stuart E. Eizenstat, Esq.
Covington & Burling LLP / Washington, DC
  Douglas W. Smith, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman / Washington, DC
  Mary Anne Sullivan, Esq.
Hogan & Hartson LLP / Washington, DC
2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm Technological Solutions - Private Sector, Federal Research and Development Efforts
  Renewables: Nuclear power; clean coal; increased efficiency; carbon capture and storage
  David W. Conover, Esq.
David Conover and Associates / Alexandria, VA
  Building better research and development institutions and policies; geoengineerinig; fail safe technologies that could save us in the end
  Lee Lane
CRA International, Inc. / Washington, DC
  Ethanol, biodiesel and other alternatives to oil-based fuels
  Jane Earley, Esq., Director, Center for Conservation innovation
WWF / Washington, DC
4:00 pm Evaluations and Adjourn


There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 12 VA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


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Faculty Bios

Daniel M. Adamson, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and co-chair of the firm's Climate Change Practice Group. He represents clients on energy and environmental matters before federal and state agencies, FERC, Congress and the courts. Previously, he served in senior positions at FERC, the Department of Energy.and as a Congressional staffer.
Full bio and contact info for Daniel M. Adamson at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

David J. van Hoogstraten, Program Co-Chair, counsel in Hunton & Williams LLP's International Environmental Practice and a member of its climate change group, has served as a senior U.S. Government lawyer and policy maker at the State Department, White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the Environmental Protection Agency. He works on international environmental issues, including climate change.

The Honorable Chuck Hagel, Opening Address, serving his second term in the United States Senate, has been involved in climate change issues and legislation since he came to the Senate in 1997. He is a member on four Senate committees: Foreign Relations, Banking; Housing and Urban Affairs; Intelligence and Rules.

Roger Ballentine is the Founder and President of Green Strategies, Inc. Previously, he was a senior member of the White House staff, serving President Bill Clinton as Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force and Deputy Assistant to the President for Environmental Initiatives.

Kenneth Berlin, partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, heads the Environmental Practice. Previously, he was Section Chief in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He is listed in Chambers USA.

Michael J. Bradley is a principal at M.J. Bradley & Associates. He focuses on strategic environmental policy development, innovative market systems use, environmental regulatory and legislative issues, and provides advice on air quality and climate change policy.

James L. Connaughton was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate and appointed by President Bush to serve as the Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality. He is the senior environmental and natural resources advisor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Environmental Policy.

David W. Conover is founding principal of David Conover and Associates, and Counsel for the National Commission on Energy Policy. He has represented the U.S. government and energy sector in international conferences and negotiations. Previously, he was President Bush's Director of the U.S. Climate Change Technology Program.

Paula Cotter is the Environmental Counsel for the National Association of Attorneys General where she focuses on enforcement litigation and state defensive work, including major climate change cases.

Allison A. Davis, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, is co-chair of the firm's Climate Change Group, and provides advice on the current California greenhouse gas legislation and regulations. She was named as a Northern California Super Lawyer by Northern California Law & Politics and is listed in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers.
Full bio and contact info for Allison A. Davis at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Elliot Diringer, Director of International Strategies at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, oversees international policy analysis and outreach. Previously, he was Senior Policy Advisor and Director of Communications at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Jane Earley is Director of the Center for Conservation Innovation at WWF.

Stuart E. Eizenstat, a partner at Covington & Burling LLP, heads the international practice. He has held several key positions including President Carter's Chief Domestic Policy Advisor and Ambassador to the EU, Under Secretary of Commerce, Under Secretary of State, and Deputy Treasury Secretary in the Clinton administration. He was the chief negotiator of the Kyoto Protocol.

William M. Ferretti, a Vice President at the Chicago Climate Exchange, focuses on recruitment and liaising with governmental and public policy entities. Previously, he was Executive Director of GLOBE USA, where he led U.S. and international initiatives aimed at advancing the Congressional debate over climate change policy and engaging members of Congress with parliaments around the globe in dialogue about this issue.

Norman W. Fichthorn, a partner at Hunton & Williams LLP, practices environmental law with a focus on the Clean Air Act and global climate change issues. He is lead counsel for electric utilities in litigation in the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals addressing EPA authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

David B. Finnegan, Counsel at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP, focuses on advising the federal government and serving the U.S. Congress. He was Lead Counsel in development and enactment of The Clean Air Act amendments of 1990, The Energy Policy Act of 1992, and U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change and Kyoto Protocol.

Craig Gannett, a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and member of the Climate Change practice group, practices energy and natural resources law. He advises on legislation regarding climate change and renewable portfolio standards and is listed in Best Lawyers in America.
Full bio and contact info for Craig Gannett at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Jason S. Grumet, Executive Director of the National Commission on Energy Policy, helped design the organization and recruit Commission members. He also oversees the strategic direction, technical analysis, policy development and advocacy.

Lee Lane is a consultant at CRA International, Inc., specializing in climate policy and related issues. He is the author of Strategic Options for Bush Administration Climate Policy. Previously, he was Executive Director of the Climate Policy Center.

Annie Petsonk, International Counsel of the Climate and Air Program at Environmental Defense, coordinates the advocacy efforts on international environmental law, international agreements, and institutions. She develops international laws that provide economic incentives for environmental protection.

James W. Rubin, of Hunton & Williams LLP, focuses his practice on administrative, civil and criminal litigation under various federal environmental laws as well as international issues such as climate change law and policy.

Douglas W. Smith, a member at Van Ness Feldman, specializes in electricity, natural gas, climate change strategy, and renewable energy policy. Previously, he was General Counsel to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and also Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy at DOE.

Joseph C. Stanko, Jr., partner at Hunton & Williams LLP, focuses on issue advocacy before Congress, Executive Branch officials and federal agencies in the areas of the Clean Air Act and environmental laws. He was named by The Hill Newspaper as a top lobbyist in: Clean Air/Global Warming, Chemical, and Refining.

Mary Anne Sullivan, a partner at Hogan & Hartson LLP, has had extensive experience in most every area of the energy industry. Her current practice focuses on climate change and alternative energy technologies. Previously, she was the U.S. Department of Energy’s General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel for environment and nuclear programs.

William Tyndall, Managing Director at Natsource Asset Management LLC, develops opportunities in clean energy and technology. Previously, he held positions with Cinergy Corp. as VP of Corporate Development and Strategy, and also the Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. EPA.

Harlan L. Watson is Senior Climate Negotiator and Special Representative at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. He is alternate head of the U.S. delegations to sessions of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and heads U.S. delegations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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