Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review Conference

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Each year, Vanderbilt University Law School and the Environmental Law Institute identify innovative environmental law and policy proposals in the academic literature. Please join leading professors, policymakers and practitioners to discuss the proposals selected this year.


  • The Theory and Use of Environmental Permits
  • The Role of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Setting Health-Based Environmental Standards such as National Ambient Air Quality Standards
  • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Approach to Non-Transmission Alternatives


9:30 – 10:00 AM

  • Scott Fulton, President, Environmental Law Institute
  • Michael P. Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School
  • Linda K. Breggin, Senior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute

The Permit Power Revisited: The Theory and Practice of Regulatory Permits in the Administrative State
10:00 – 11:00 AM

  • J. B. Ruhl (co-author), David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School (with Eric Biber, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley)
  • Ethan Shenkman, Deputy General Counsel, and Aditi Prabhu, Attorney-Adviser, Office of General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Bill Sapp, Senior Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center
  • D. Randall Benn, Member, and Brent Fewell, Member, Earth and Water Group

11:00 – 11:10 AM

Rethinking Health-Based Environmental Standards
11:10 AM – 12:10 PM

  • Michael A. Livermore (co-author), Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia Law School, and Richard L. Revesz (co-author), Lawrence King Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus, New York University School of Law
  • Robert Martineau, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation
  • Sally Katzen, Senior Adviser, Podesta Group
  • Gary S. Guzy, Senior of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP

Break (Lunch will be served)
12:10 – 12:25 PM

Non-Transmission Alternatives
12:25 – 1:25 PM

  • Shelley Welton (author), Ph.D. in Law Candidate, Yale Law School
  • Randy Elliott, Senior Regulatory Counsel, American Public Power Association
  • Michael Panfil, Attorney, Environmental Defense Fund (via video)
  • Michael J. Gergen, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

Closing Remarks
1:25 – 1:30 PM


Rayburn House Office Building (The Gold Room #2168)
45 Independence Ave. SW
Washington DC 20515

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