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LAW AND POLICY SYMPOSIUM 2020 "A Look at The Past, Present, and Future of Environmental Law.
Thursday, April 23rd– Friday, April 24th
Hilton Anatole, Dallas, Texas



Continuing a tradition over the past several years, the EarthX Law and Policy Symposium brings together high profile environmental thought leaders representing diverse perspectives—academia, environmental advocacy groups, corporations, and government—to discuss cutting edge issues of concern to corporations, the government, the public, and environmental professionals. 

This year’s program celebrates 50 years of Earth Day and of EPA, with sessions focusing on water, climate change, land, and the future of environmental law. The water session will look at, among things, infrastructure, drinking water, wastewater, and ground water. The climate change session will explore concerns posed by climate change and how they might be addressed. The land session will offer perspectives on a range of issues arising from ownership, management, and the very future of public and private lands and water. The final session will bridge all facets of environmental law and explore institutional and substantive environmental challenges and solutions. 

The Symposium is unique in that it fosters ongoing dialog among the speakers and the Symposium attendees, with the objective of identifying things we might do to protect and enhance the quality of our environment.

Advisory Board
  • Jeff Civins (Chair), Senior Counsel, Haynes and Boone LLP, Adjunct Professor, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • Bruce Fogerty (Chair), EarthX
  • Allan Gates, Of Counsel, Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, PLLC
  • Avi Garbow, Environmental Advocate, Patagonia, Inc.
  • Brent Fewell, Founder, Earth & Water Law Group
  • Charles De Monaco, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Daniel Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and Clinical Professor of Environmental Law & Policy, Yale Law School
  • James Bruen, Of Counsel, Farella Braun + Martell LLP
  • Jean Flores, Shareholder, Guida, Slavich & Flores, PC
  • John Cruden, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, PC
  • Melinda Taylor, Senior Lecturer, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • Pamela Giblin, Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Leadership Council
  • Scott Fulton, President, Environmental Law Institute
  • Tracy Hester, Lecturer, The University of Houston Law Center


Time Activity Moderator
7:00-7:50 am Registration and Breakfast in Exhibit Area
7:50-8:00 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Welcome – Bruce Fogerty, EarthX Opening Remarks – Jeff Civins, Haynes and Boone, LLP.

8:00-9:45 am

Module 1: Water

Keynote– Seth Siegel, author, Troubled Waters


  • Andrew Sawyers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Wastewater Management (Director)
  • Hank Habicht, U.S. Water Partnership and Managing Partner (Managing Director) and SAIL Capital Partners (Director)
  • Jennifer McLain, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water (Director)
  • Mae Wu, Natural Resources Defense Council (Senior Director, Health and Food, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program)
Brent Fewell, Earth & Water Law Group (Founder)
9:45-10:00 am Break
10:00-12:00 pm

Module 2: Land

Panel 1: Private land


  • Robert Bonnie, The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University (Executive in Residence)
  • Blair Fitzsimons, Texas Agricultural Land Trust (CEO)
  • Laura Huffman, The Nature Conservancy (Texas Regional State Director)

Panel 2: Public land


  • Amos Eno, Land Conservation Assistance Network (President and Founder)
  • Elyane Stefanick, Conservation Land Fund (California Program Director)
  • Greg Schildwachter PhD, Watershed Results LLC

Avi Garbow, Patagonia (Environmental Advocate), and Melinda Taylor, The University of Texas School of Law (Senior Lecturer), and Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business (Associate Director)

12:00-1:10 pm Lunch in Exhibit Area
1:10-1:30 Keynote – Ken McQueen, EPA Region 6 Regional Administrator
Administration Goals and Objectives (A High-Level Perspective)
1:30-3:00 pm

Module 3: Climate Change

Keynote – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)


  • John Dernbach, Weidener University Commonwealth Law School (Professor of Environmental Law and Sustainability)
  • Michael LeMonds, LafargeHolcim (Vice President of Environment, Land and Government Affairs)

Moderators—Pamela Giblin, Climate Leadership Council (Senior Policy Advisor)

Tracy Hester, The University of Houston Law Center (Lecturer)

3:00-3:30 pm Break
3:30-5:00 pm

Module 4: The Future of Environmental Law: Process Going Forward

Keynote Dan Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Yale Law School


  • David Hayes, The New York University School of Law (Adjunct Professor) and State Energy and Environmental Impact Center (Executive Director)
  • Professor Michael Vandenbergh, Vanderbilt University Law School (David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law), Climate Change Research Network (Director)
  • Scott Fulton, Environmental Law Institute (President)
John Cruden, Beveridge & Diamond PC (Principal)
5:00-6:00 pm Networking Reception

On Thursday evening, attendees are invited to attend the Business of Energy Banquet at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. There will be a Reception at 6:00 PM and Dinner beginning at 7:00 PM. Tickets are available Here.


Friday, April 24, 2020
7:30-9:00 AM – Hilton Anatole Hotel – Plum Blossom Room

On Friday morning, there will be a session with Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith, discussing the topic “Beyond Compliance: The Roles and Responsibilities of Corporations.” Additional panelists for this session will be announced.

Following the program, there will be a VIP Tour of the EarthX EXPO. A shuttle service will be available from the Hilton Anatole Hotel to Fair Park. Buses will leave at 9:00 AM.

Friday’s activities will be an added bonus for registered attendees of the Thursday program. For those who choose to only attend the Friday program, tickets are $100.00.

Applying for 7.0 hours of CLE for the Thursday program and 1.5 hours of Ethics for the Friday program from the State Bar of Texas.