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Collaboration Called for Between Developers & Government
Environmental Law Conference Draws National Leaders

Jason S. Johnston
Ann Klee L'86

The University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of Virginia School of Law co-sponsored “Covenanting the Future: Reforming Environmental Regulation Through Innovative Resource and Land Management” in June at the Law School. The conference sought to examine points of intersection between environmental regulation and natural resources management by identifying the key defining features of this new approach and by drawing on the case study experience of public officials, private practitioners, environmentalists, and business leaders. Second, the conference considered how law and regulation must be changed to better facilitate the new cooperative, contractual approach to manage the environment. Jason S. Johnston Robert G. Fuller Jr. Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Law and the Environment (POLE), spoke on the panel “Environmental Contracts and the Synthesis of Environmental and Natural Resource Regulation: Background, Rationale and Promise.” The plenary speakers were the Honorable Michael Fisher, Attorney General of Pennsylvania, and the Honorable James Greenwood, U.S. Representative, Pennsylvania. Ann Klee L’86, Counselor to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, presented the Keynote Address. Other participants in the two-day gathering included David Hayes, Former Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior; Susan Moore, Vice President – Environmental Affairs for Georgia-Pacific; Christopher Rose, Chief Strategist for Greenpeace UK; Gregg Cooke, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region VI; Robert Stephens, Assistant Secretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Management and Sustainability; Michael O’Connell, Senior Government Relations Representative for the Nature Conservancy; and James Conrad, Senior Counsel of the American Chemistry Council. The conference was followed the next day by a Roundtable discussion of how federal environmental regulators can better facilitate state level policy innovation. Participants in the discussion included Deputy EPA Administrator Linda Fisher, former EPA Deputy Administrator and Assistant Attorney General for Land and Natural Resources Hank Habicht, California Secretary for Resources Mary Nichols, Maryland Environmental Secretary Jane Nishida, and Minnesota Commissioner for the Environment Karen Studders.

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