Oregon State Bar Sustainable Future Section

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SFS Spring Sustainability CLE

April 23, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 1:15 pm

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9:00 – 10:00 Deep Decarbonization: Pro Bono Opportunities Scientists have long warned that deep across-the-board cuts in greenhouse gas emissions will be needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Achieving the necessary cuts will require a fundamental reshaping of the energy economy — a process known as “deep decarbonization.” “Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the U.S.” (Michael B. Gerrard & John C. Dernbach eds. 2019) recommended over 1,000 legal actions to advance deep decarbonization. A pro bono team of lawyers is now working on turning those recommendations into proposed model laws, and doing outreach to interest stakeholders and legislators in those laws. Join us to hear about their progress so far and opportunities for others to get involved. The ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources has endorsed this project as part of its Pro Bono Initiative. Presenters will include John Dernbach, Michael Gerrard, Richard Horsch, Marcy Kahn, Karla Perri, Julia Kindlon, Romany Webb, and Jordan Gerow.

10:00 – 10:45 Sustainable Office Practices During the Pandemic Join us for an informative forty-five minute discussion to compare and contrast approaches that one large and one small law firm in Oregon take to address sustainability in their offices. Some topics of discussion include client partnerships, green events, office structure and space, and more. Speakers include, Olivier Jamin, Associate, and Anne Jenkins, Operations Supervisor, of the Davis Wright Tremaine (Portland office), and Lianne Gaunt, Firm Administrator of Hutchinson Cox (Eugene).

11:00 – 12:00 Oregon and Federal Climate Change Policy Update Zach Baker and Mike Grainey will provide the latest updates on current and potential climate change laws in Oregon and at the federal level.

12:00 – 1:15 Silver Linings of the Virtual Courthouse: Access to Justice and Sustainability in a Post-Pandemic Oregon Multnomah Circuit Court Presiding Judge Stephen Bushong and Judge Morgan Long will offer their perspectives how the transition to remote hearings prompted by the pandemic has gone, and how these changes might be carried forward into a post-pandemic world. The discussion will include implications for sustainability and access to justice that result from the transition to remote hearings.

Prof. John C. Dernbach: John C. Dernbach is Commonwealth Professor of Environmental Law and Sustainability at Widener University Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Director of that school’s Environmental Law and Sustainability Center. Professor Dernbach has written on sustainable development, climate change, and other topics in more than 50 articles for law reviews and peer-reviewed journals, and has authored, coauthored, or contributed chapters to more than 20 books. He is co-editor with Michael Gerrard of Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States (2019). He also leads a national project assessing U.S. efforts on sustainable development that has produced three books, with a fourth planned for 2022 (the 30th anniversary of the Earth Summit). Prior to joining the Widener faculty, he drafted four major waste and mining laws at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (now the Department of Environmental Protection).

Olivier Jamin, Attorney, Davis Wright Tremaine: Olivier Jamin is an environmental and land use associate at Davis Wright Tremaine. Olivier focuses his practice on environmental due diligence and water quality and quantity issues, as well as land use advice for wineries, breweries, and renewable energy developments. He also advises clients on renewable energy opportunities and policies. Olivier is a member of the sustainability committee at Davis Wright Tremaine and of the newly-created “Climate Core Team” focused on providing advice to clients on challenges and opportunities related to climate change.

Lianne Gaunt, Firm Administrator, Hutchinson Cox, LLC: Lianne has served various administrative roles at Eugene-based law firm Hutchinson Cox for more than 30 years and is a founding member of the firm’s Sustainability Committee. Hutchinson Cox is a forward-thinking law firm committed to making a positive impact on its clients, its employees, and its community. Lianne has facilitated the process required for the firm to achieve its sustainability certifications, including a Partner in Sustainability with the Oregon State Bar and BRING Re:Think certification. Lianne also oversees the firm’s facilities and purchasing, where many of the decisions with the greatest environmental impact are made.

Anne Jenkins, Operations Supervisor, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP: Anne manages the various service departments of the Portland office. She thoroughly enjoys the fact that working with lawyers brings different challenges each day. Anne has a paralegal certificate as well as six years of teaching under her belt, but has always been interested in working in the legal industry and has now found her place. As a member of the firm-wide Sustainability Committee at Davis Wright Tremaine, she does her best to prioritize sustainability in her departments and inspire others to become passionate about the sustainability efforts across the firm.

Mike Grainey, Principal, Michael W. Grainey Consulting LLC: Mike Grainey has over thirty years’ experience in energy, including green transportation. Mike was Director of the Oregon Department of Energy from 2002 to 2009 and Deputy Director the prior twenty years. He advised four Governors on energy policy. He was Renewable Energy Adviser at the Oregon Business Development Department from 2009 until 2014, when he began his clean energy consulting firm. Mike was named Renewable Energy Adviser of the Year by Finance Monthly Magazine’s Global Awards 2019 and 2020. Mike has a JD degree from New York University Law School and an undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar’s Sustainable Future Section. He lives in Salem, Oregon.

Zach Baker, Oregon Policy Manager, Climate Solutions: Zach Baker works to advance state and local policies that address climate change and accelerate the transition to clean energy in Oregon as the Oregon Policy Manager with Climate Solutions. Zach brings to his work over a decade of policy and advocacy experience focused on protecting the environment and promoting public health. His experience spans the local, state, and federal policy levels and he has served in a variety of capacities, including serving as an elected official in Corvallis, Oregon where he facilitated development of a climate action plan for the city. Zach holds a law degree from the University of Oregon with a focus in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and a BA from Tufts University in political science and community health.

Hon. Stephen K. Bushong: Hon. Stephen K. Bushong has been a Circuit Court Judge in Multnomah County since 2008. He was named Chief Civil Judge in 2013 and Presiding Judge in 2018. Judge Bushong received his undergraduate degree and J.D. from the University of Michigan. After law school, Judge Bushong worked as a judicial clerk and joined the litigation department of the Miller Nash law firm in Portland in 1985. He worked for the Oregon Department of Justice from 1994 until he was appointed to the bench. At DOJ, he served as an Assistant Attorney General, Attorney-in-Charge of the Special Litigation Unit, and Chief Trial Counsel of the Department’s Trial Division. Judge Bushong serves on the Oregon Law Commission and has served on the Oregon State Bar’s Uniform Civil Jury Instruction committee, the executive committees of the OSB’s Litigation and Government Law sections, and as chair of Multnomah Bar Association’s professionalism committee. He authored chapters in the OSB publications on Civil Pleading and Practice (2012) and Oregon Constitutional Law (2013), and regularly submits articles on “Recent Significant Oregon Cases” featured in the OSB’s Litigation Journal.

Hon. Morgan Wren Long: Hon. Morgan Wren Long has been a Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge in the Family Law Department since 2019. Prior to that, she served as a Juvenile Hearings Referee/Judge Pro Tem in Multnomah County for approximately three years. Judge Long obtained her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University before receiving her J.D. from Lewis & Clark. Prior to taking the bench, she worked primarily providing indigent defense in juvenile and criminal matters, also occasionally assisting clients in related family law matters. Judge Long serves on the OWLS Queen’s Bench Board of Directors and on the TriCounty System of Care Executive Committee. Judge Long received an Executive Certificate from the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy in 2019 and continues work on the Multnomah County Transforming Juvenile Probation Team. She previously served on the OSB Editorial Board for updates to the Juvenile Bar Books for both dependency and delinquency; those publications won the ACLEA Outstanding Achievement in Publications Award in 2018. She is an active member of the Multnomah County Circuit Court Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee.


April 23, 2021
9:00 am - 1:15 pm