Air Resources Board chair to give Yale conference keynote

The chairman of the California Air Resources Board will give the keynote address at the Yale Environmental Law Association’s second annual conference on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

Mary Nichols, a Yale Law School graduate and the board’s chairman since 2007, led the implementation of California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act, which will aggressively reduce the state’s emission of greenhouse gases over the next decade. She also has been responsible for efforts to curb diesel pollution at ports and to pass regulations aimed at providing cleaner air for Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley. Daniel Esty, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, will introduce her.

The conference, “New Directions in Environmental Law: [Re]Claiming Accountability,” will feature a discussion on the future of environmental law and scholarship by leaders in environmental law and policy, government, NGOs and academia.

“At the heart of the first modern environmental law movement were students,” said Douglas Kysar, the Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law. “They combined knowledge and values with action, and they changed the world.”

 In addition to Nichols, the conference will feature a panel discussion on “Nature in Brief: Creative Legal Approaches to Accountability,” with John Cruden, president of the Environmental Law Institute and former deputy assistant attorney general in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice; Mary Wood, the Philip H. Knight Professor of Law at the University of Oregon School of Law; and Michael Wara, associate professor of law at Stanford Law School.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to join law practitioners and government representatives in roundtable workshops to discuss a variety of issues, including environmental courts, hydraulic fracturing, alternative dispute resolution as a tool for environmental justice, ocean acidification and corporate accountability in environmental law.

For the full conference schedule or to register for the event, visit here. You can also follow the conference Twitter feed.

For more information, contact Sarah Langberg at 239-565-0848, or Susanne Stahl at 203-432-5594 or

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