New Directions in Environmental Law 2018 Program: Centering Justice

Sterling Law Building, Yale Law School

 8:00-12:00p  SLB 122


Registration is in SLB 122 from 8:00am to 12:00pm.

 8:00-8:30p  SLB Dining Hall


Coffee and light breakfast items available in the dining hall.

 8:30-9:00a  SLB Auditorium

Introductory Remarks

 9:00-9:45a  SLB Auditorium

Opening Keynote Address

Speaker: Varshini Prakash, Climate Organizer - Sunrise Movement


Breakout Session 1

 10:00-11:15a  SLB 120

Incarceration and Environmental Justice

Panel organizer: Melissa Legge (Equal Justice Works fellow at Earthjustice NY)

Panelists: Lillian Prosperino (Organizer for Letcher Governance Project, Leader of grassroots fight against the federal prison proposed for Letcher County, KY); Candice Bernd (Journalist, Earth Island Journal); Bryant Arroyo (Prisoner &  Environmental Grassroots Organizer at the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution)

 10:00-11:15a  SLB 129

Long-term Recovery & Resiliency Post Disaster: Insights from Miami & Puerto Rico 

Panel organizer: Alana Greer (Equal Justice Works fellow at Earthjustice NY)

Panelists: Jesus Vazquez (Organizacion Boricua); Nancy Metayer (New Florida Majority)


Keynote Panels

 11:15-12:30p  SLB Auditorium

Indigenous Perspectives on Community Environmental Justice

Panel organizer: Catherine Iorns Magallanes (Law Professor at Victoria University of Wellington)

Panelists: Rebecca Tsosie (Regents Professor of Law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law with the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program); Michelle Cook (Navajo lawyer, Navajo Human Rights Commission member and Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy SJD candidate)

 11:15-12:30p  SLB 127

Environmental and Energy Justice Issues Arising out of Hydraulic Fracturing and Domestic Oil & Gas Development

Panelist and panel organizer: Monika Ehrman (University of Oklahoma School of Law, Faculty Director, Oil & Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Center)

Panelists: Marissa Knodel (Associate Legislative Counsel at Earthjustice DC); Joshua Galperin - moderator (Research Scholar in Law and Clinical Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School Lecturer and Environmental Law and Policy Program Director, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Director, Environmental Protection Clinic); Amy Pickle (Director, State Policy at The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University); Nicole Donaghy (Communications Coordinator/Field Organizer for Fort Berthold POWER)

 12:30-1:30p  SLB Dining Hall


Available for pick-up in the Dining Hall. Additional seating in SLB 120, SLB 127, and SLB 129.

 1:30-2:15p  SLB Auditorium

Afternoon Keynote Discussion

Eddie Bautista, Executive Director - New York City Environmental Justice Alliance


Breakout Session 2

 2:15-3:30p  SLB 127

Community Lawyering for Environmental Justice in New York City’s Public Schools

Panel organizer: Christine Appah (New York Lawyers for the Public Interest)

Panelists: Claire Barnett (Founder and Executive Director, Healthy Schools Network); Cecil Corbin-Mark (Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives at WE ACT for Environmental Justice); Rachel Spector (Director of Environmental Justice - New York Laywers for the Public Interest)

 2:15-3:30p  SLB 129

A climate policy platform to fight climate change and build a just and equitable economy

Panel organizer: Adrien Salazar (Campaign Strategist, Demos)

Panelists: Evan Weber (co-founder of Sunrise Movement); Anthony Torres (Sierra Club); Shiva Prakash (Equal Justice Works fellow at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest)

 2:15-3:30p  SLB 120

#FreedomWork: The QTPOC Experience in Environmental Justice

Panel organizer: Eb. Brown (C.A.R.E. Strategies, Durham NC)

Panelists: Afia Walking Tree (DrumMobile, Kingston, Jamaica); Cris Izaguirre (Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY)


Breakout Session 3

 3:45-5:00p  SLB 127

Global Climate Justice: International and Youth Perspectives

Panel organizer: Paul Rink (3rd year YLS/FES)

Panelists: Dyanna Jaye (Brower Youth Award Winner); Victoria Barrett (Alliance for Climate Education); Michel Legendre (Corporate Accountaibility International); 

 3:45-5:00p  SLB 120

Hurricanes, Environmental Justice, Climate Change & Energy Infrastructure Resiliency: A Case Analysis of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria & Nate

Panel organizer: Nadia Ahmad (Assistant Professor of Law, Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law)

Panelists: Ashley Broussard (Florida Legal Advocacy Group); Matt Alas (American Constitution Society)

 3:45-5:00p  SLB 129

Widening the Wild: Achieving Equity in Conservation Practice across African Landscapes

Panel organizer: Kelechi Eleanya (M.E.M. '18 Yale School of Foresty & Environmental Studies)

Panelists: Jim Karani Riungu (Head of Legal Affairs Manager at WildlifeDirect Inc

 5:00-5:30  SLB Dining Hall

Coffee Break

 5:30-6:15p  SLB Auditorium

Closing Keynote Discussion

Mustafa Ali, Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization - Hip Hop Caucus

 6:30-7:30p  KRN 3rd Floor


To be held on the Third Floor of Kroon Hall, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 195 Prospect Street