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A Sustainable Future: The Advancement and Implementation of Renewable Energy

Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law

Friday, October 23, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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Chapman University Fowler School of Law's Nexus Journal presents:

A Sustainable Future: The Advancement and Implementation of Renewable Energy

Friday, October 23, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Chapman University is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 5 general MCLE credits.

The advancement of renewable energy as a long term solution to climate change is at the forefront of political debate. The benefits of independent, sustainable energy sources are being weighed against the constraints of economic viability. Energy policies are inconsistent from state to state, and antiquated at the federal level when compared to policies in place for traditional energy sources. The result has been a deadlock in the political discussion and varied progress in renewable energy advancement and implementation.

Our symposium brings policy influencers, industry professionals, and legal scholars together to foster and encourage healthy conversation and debate on the subject. The topics covered will include: current and prospective federal and state laws; policy initiatives that are beneficial or burdensome to growing renewable sources in the U.S. and their implementation barriers; and future trends in the renewable energy sector.

Symposium Schedule

Check in and Registration (9 – 9:30 a.m.)

Morning Address (9:45 – 10:15 a.m.): Dimetria Jackson, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability, Golden State Foods

Moderator: Hugh Hewitt, Professor of Law

Panel I: Renewable Realities (10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Moderator: Melissa Berry, Asst. Dean of Career Services

  • Troy Arthur Rule, Associate Professor of Law & Faculty Director, Program on Law and Sustainability, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • Brian Nese, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP
  • Dr. Robert Michaels, Professor of Economics, California State University, Fullerton

Lunch Keynote Presentation (12 – 1:30 p.m.): Todd Foley, Chief Strategy Officer, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)

Moderator: Hugh Hewitt, Professor of Law

Panel II: Policy Perspectives (2 – 3:15 p.m.)

Moderator: Dr. Deepa Badrinarayana, Professor of Law

  • Gregory Trimarche, Chairman & President, CleanTech OC; Of Counsel, Ring Bender; COO, e-Car Solar
  • Dr. Timothy Krantz, Professor, Environmental Studies Program, University of Redlands
  • Carrie Anne Downey, Adjunct Professor of Law and member of the Board of Advisors of the Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego Law School; City Councilwoman, City of Coronado; Principal, Law Office of Carrie Anne Downey
  • Steven Ferrey, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School

Panel III: Advancing New Technology and What the Future Holds (3:25 – 4:35 p.m.)

Moderator: Kenneth Stahl, Professor of Law

  • Tim Duane, Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz; Visiting Professor of Law, University of San Diego; Private practice attorney/consultant
  • Melissa Miyashiro, Operations Director, Blue Planet Foundation
  • Brian Moffat, Co-Founder and CEO, Spindrift Energy
  • Steve Kosowski, Manager, Long Range Strategy (EV), Kia Motors America

"En Banc" Reception: Cocktails and Appetizers for all guests, presenters, faculty and students (4:45 – 6:45 p.m.)

Disability Services will be provided upon request. If you require specific accommodations, your request must be submitted no later than 7 days prior to the event, October 14, 2015. Please submit requests or questions to: Ian Jones, Assistant Director of Student and Alumni Services at or (714) 628-2619.


Have questions about A Sustainable Future: The Advancement and Implementation of Renewable Energy? Contact Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law

When & Where

Chapman University School of Law - Kennedy Hall 237AB
370 N Glassell St
Room 237
Orange, CA 92866

Friday, October 23, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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