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SFS Spring Sustainability CLE

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

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, Joe DiMona, 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.


April 23
9:00 am - 1:15 pm