Date and Times: 
Friday, April 15, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: 
Fairmont Hotel Pittsburgh
510 Market Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


This event is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs Shale Gas Governance Center, the Swanson School of Engineering Center for Energy, Everpower, Duquesne Light, Babst Calland, EQT Corporation, Reed Smith LLP, International Electric Power, and Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania. Thank you for your support.

       

 

         

The U.S. energy economy is rapidly changing, with a move toward unconventional domestic fossil fuels, continued expansion of renewable energy generation, and new policies and shifts in the role of the U.S. in the international energy markets. The legal sector, policymakers, industry actors, and nongovernmental organizations are changing along with these evolving energy trends.

Please join Pitt Law for the Energy Law and Policy Institute to be part of the conversation surrounding cutting-edge issues in these areas and to learn from national and international experts about the current landscape of energy-related issues in Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world.

Register Here

The cost of this event is $250, which covers the reception on Thursday evening and the conference.  A special rate of $200 is being offered to full-time public interest attorneys and individuals employed at non-profit and government agencies.

Please make all checks payable to the University of Pittsburgh and mail to:

University of Pittsburgh 
School of Law
c/o Christina Daub
3900 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Attendees are asked to please RSVP by April 8, 2016.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Reception
6:00pm-8:00pm

Friday, April 15, 2016

Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30am-9:00am

Opening Remarks
9:00am-9:15am

Dean William M. Carter, Jr., University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Panel 1 - Environmental Law
9:15am-10:15am 

No Presentation or Handouts

Chip Babst, Managing Shareholder of Babst Calland, will moderate a discussion with Nick DeIuliis, President and CEO of CONSOL Energy, and Davitt Woodwell, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, concerning the current state of the energy industry and some of the key legal and policy issues that will impact the future of natural gas and coal development in Pennsylvania and throughout the Appalachian Basin.

Moderator: Chip Babst, Managing Shareholder, Babst Calland

Speakers:

Nicholas DeIuliis, President & CEO, CONSOL Energy Inc.

Davitt Woodwell, President & CEO, Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Panel 2 - International Law
10:25am-11:25am

View Presentation & Handouts Here

The Times They Are a-Changin’.  Barely ten years ago, experts projected that the U.S. would need to import an ever-increasing quantity of natural gas, but a few weeks ago the U.S. began to export gas.  For decades, Mexico’s oil and gas industry was closed to foreign investment, but now it is opening.  And new power plants are being built in areas of the world that have never had a reliable source of electricity.  What does this all mean for energy industries and energy lawyers?

Moderator: Keith Hall, Director of Mineral Law Institute, Campanile Charities Professor of Energy Law, Louisiana State University Law Center

Speakers:

Owen Anderson, Professor of Law, University of Texas School of Law

Peter Dailey, Chairman & CEO, International Electric Power

Harry Sullivan, Consultant, Retired Senior Counsel, ConocoPhillips, Visiting Professor, SMU Dedman School of Law, Adjunct Professor, Texas A&M School of Law

Break  
11:25am-11:40am  

Luncheon Speaker
11:40am-12:40pm

View Presentation & Handouts Here

Gladys Brown, Chairman, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

Chairman Brown will discuss the work of the Commission, including consumer choice, the future of energy efficiency, Act 13 and pipeline safety.

Panel 3 - Oil & Gas Law
12:50pm-1:50pm

View Presentation & Handouts Here

A look back and a look forward: Bruce Kramer, a leading American oil and gas law professor, and Nicolle Bagnell, one of the leading lawyers representing the industry in litigation in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, discuss the recent cases that have developed the law of oil and gas in this region and identify the trends and cases to watch in the years ahead.

Speakers:

Nicolle Snyder Bagnell, Partner, Reed Smith

Bruce Kramer, Emeritus Professor of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law, Of Counsel, McGinnis Lochridge

Panel 4 - The State of Renewable Energy
2:00pm-3:00pm

View Presentation & Handouts Here

Renewable energy is looked to as a potentially important piece of the energy mix going forward. This panel will discuss the state of renewable energy from multiple perspectives. Topics discussed will include the impact of EPA’s Clean Power Plan, environmental impacts of renewable energy, and the promise of energy storage.

Moderator: Grant MacIntyre, Director of Environmental Law Clinic, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pitt Law

Speakers:

Scott DeBroff, Senior Counsel, Clark Hill

Ryan Hamilton, Resident Attorney, Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services

Manisha Patel, Deputy General Counsel, White House Council on Environmental Quality

Date and Times: 
Friday, April 15, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:30pm
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 8:30am to 5:30pm

Location: 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


Join Pitt Law Professor Jules Lobel and experts from a variety of disciplines and countries in exploring issues of incarceration and prolonged isolation in this two day conference at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Review the two-day conference agenda here (PDF download). Please note this agenda is subject to change prior to the conference.

Professor Lobel was the lead attorney in the landmark solitary confinement case Ashker v. Governor of California and is currently president of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Last year the state of California agreed to end unlimited solitary confinement for most prison inmates in Ashker v. Governor of California, a major victory in the much-followed case concerning the indeterminate solitary confinement of Pelican Bay prisoners in California.

This conference from Professor Lobel brings together leading neuroscientists, professors of medicine, psychologists and former prisoners to explore the medical, mental health and neurological damage wrought by prolonged solitary confinement. Highlights over these two days of speakers include:

  • Prominent European and American prison administrators and experts will present and evaluate alternatives to solitary confinement now being implemented. 
     
  • Leading litigators in Canada, Brazil and the United States will discuss the legal and political strategies to challenge prolonged solitary confinement in those nations. 
     
  • The current and prior UN Rapporteurs on Torture and other international experts will present the history and practice of solitary confinement, and the current international efforts to end it.

The conference is sponsored and supported by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, the University of Pittsburgh’s Global Academic Partnership (GAP), Office of the Provost, the University Center for International Studies, the Global Studies Center, the Center for International Legal Education, Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Psychology and the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute. In addition, the Danish Institute for Human Rights sponsored and supported the conference and the University of California Criminal Justice & Health Consortium and the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation sponsored the conference and funded the health panels.

This event is free and open to the public. Those planning to attend either days are requested to please RSVP below.

 

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Date and Times: 
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room 107
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


Introductory meeting for 2 & 3L students interested in participating in international mooting opportunities. Professors Ronald A. Brand, Harry Flechtner, and CILE Executive Director, Richard Thorpe will discuss the Vis, Jessup, and Niagara international moot competitions. Tryout instructions, deadlines, and team schedules will be presented during the meeting.

Date and Times: 
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room 107
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


Introductory meeting will be held for law students interested in participating in study abroad opportunities. Summer, semester, and full-year study abroad options will be discussed, as well as logistical and administrative requirements. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

Date and Times: 
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room 113
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Attorneys Sarah Pietragallo and James Mazzocco, (Pitt Law alumnus) will present on the benefits of working for the HUD and will provide information on the application process for HUD's Legal Honors Program. The Legal Honors Program is the process by which HUD hires its entry-level attorneys. Do not miss the September 9th application deadline! For more information, visit HUD’s website at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUDsrc=/program_offices/general_counsel/....

To RSVP: Students should log on to Symplicity, select the "Events" tab in the upper right hand corner of the home page, choose workshops, scroll down to the event and select the RSVP option.

Date and Times: 
Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room 111
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


Assistant U. S. Attorney Jennifer Andrade of the Western District of Pennsylvania will speak on the benefits of working for the DOJ and will provide information on paid summer and post-graduate opportunities. For those interested in working for the federal government’s largest employer of lawyers, this event will provide you with information on how to navigate the application process, provide tips, and highlight all the available positions for this hiring cycle. Please note that the DOJ Honors Program is the primary hiring mechanism for the agency’s hiring of entry level attorneys. Do not miss the application deadline of September 6th! For more information, visit DOJ’s website at http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/entry-level-attorneys.

To RSVP: Students should log on to Symplicity, select the "Events" tab in the upper right hand corner of the home page, choose workshops, scroll down to the event and select the RSVP option.

Gov. Wolf Nominates Pitt Law Alum Bruce Beemer ('95) to Fill Attorney General Vacancy

Governor Tom Wolf has nominated Pitt Law alum Bruce Beemer ('95) to be attorney general of Pennsylvania. Beemer will fill the vacancy left by Kathleen Kane's resignation until mid-January.

Wolf said in a statement that Beemer "has the respect of the employees of the Office of the Attorney General, and I have no doubt that he will make this transition seamless and smooth."

Read more in "Wolf nominates Pittsburgher Bruce Beemer to fill AG vacancy" in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Publish Date: 
Friday, August 19, 2016 - 4:30pm

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