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In the Eye of the Storm: Effectively Resolving
Emerging Climate Change Disputes

Sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution
Co-sponsored by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committees of the ABA Environment Energy and Resources, Litigation, Business Law and TIPS Sections and the  Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources Committee andClimate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystems Committee of ABA SEER

February 23, 2010

12:00PM - 1:15 PM Eastern Time

Climate change has been compared to the industrial revolution in terms of its potential for monumental impacts on society and its resources. Massive changes are contemplated, whether it is due to rising ocean levels, dwindling water resources or changes in weather patterns and land productivity.  Issues related to climate change have already led to a raft of litigation and promise to give rise to numerous disputes in the future. The lawsuits and legal requirements arising from climate change will involve businesses, governmental agencies and not for profit organizations, will touch virtually every sector of society, and involve many areas of the law. A paradigm shift will also be required as the ramifications of climate change will be borne primarily at the local level and  local communities and  businesses will have to work together to adapt to the impacts of climate change. This challenge will require a collaborative effort that will change not only how local decisions are made, but what it means to effectively represent client interests.

An expert panel will highlight the many claims and disputes that have arisen and may arise in the future related to climate change and discuss the dispute resolution mechanisms (litigation, arbitration, mediation and collaboration) best suited to achieving resolution and addressing the challenges of climate change.

Charles Denton, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Michael Gerrard, Director, Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
David Batson, Senior Collaboration & ADR Specialist, Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Edna Sussman, arbitrator and mediator, SussmanADR LLC, Distinguished ADR Practitioner in Residence, Fordham University School of Law

$35 for members of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, ABA Environment Energy and Resources, Litigation and Business Law Sections, the Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystems Committee of ABA SEER and members of cooperating state and local bar association.
(see below for a list of cooperating state and local bar associations)
$55 if not a member of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution or other cooperating bar associations.

Please note this Teleconference has not been approved for CLE. 
Individual teleconference participants may apply for CLE directly with their own state CLE agency.

Cooperating Bar Associations
Dispute Resolution Sections and Committees:
Energy Bar Association
Alaska Bar Association
The Florida Bar
Hawaii State Bar Association
Indiana State Bar Association
State Bar of Montana
Nebraska State Bar Association
New Hampshire State Bar
State Bar of New Mexico
New York State Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
State Bar of Texas

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