LACBA Environmental Law Symposium 3/18, 2:00-5:00 PST

TABA Co-Sponsors LACBA’s Environmental Law Symposium. As a TABA member, you get a discounted rate!

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. PST

Please join the LACBA Environmental Law Section for a virtual symposium discussing the legal and technological implications of potential adaptions to our changing world. The Spring Super Symposium will feature Michael Feuer, City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles, as its keynote speaker.

2:00 – 2:05: Introduction and Welcome

2:05 – 3:05: Transition to Electrification: Challenges and Obstacles
California’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality statewide (EO-B-55-18) and in the electricity grid (SB-100) is intensifying the shift to renewable energy resources, including the increased use of electrification. This panel will discuss the challenges posed by a statewide push towards electrification, including the technological, regulatory, economic, and legal hurdles for the southern California utilities that must respond and adapt to the state’s policies.


  • David Barrett, Vice-President and General Counsel for Southern California Gas Company
  • Laura Renger, Director of Electrification and Customer Services Policy at Southern California Edison
  • Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability Officer with Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

3:10 – 3:55: Keynote Speaker: Michael Feuer, City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles

4:00 – 5:00: Geoengineering: The Legal Challenges of Climate Mitigation
Geoengineering encompasses a broad spectrum of proposed large-scale, deliberate interventions to mitigate or even reverse climate change. As geoengineering gains prominence as a means to counter climate change and its consequences, it brings numerous potential legal issues. This panel explores the current challenges of undertaking geoengineering projects and the legal issues that may be on the horizon.


  • Professor Edward A. Parson, Dan and Rae Emmett Professor of Environmental Law & Faculty Co-Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA
  • Robert James, Partner & Co-Leader of Projects team at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • William Burns, Professor of Research & Co-Director for the Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy at American University