Briefing Room


The Role of the Rule of Law in Building a More Sustainable and Just Future

March 25, 2021 | Events

Thursday, April 22
Noon to 1 p.m. EST
This course has been submitted to the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for one (1.0) total CLE hour instruction.

About the Lecture
Climate change is reshaping our world in profound and deeply differentiated ways. It poses fundamental challenges to the rule of law. As the scale of the climate crises swells, so too do efforts to develop innovative strategies for addressing climate change at the local, state, and national levels. This innovation is driven by necessity and is fueled by creative and determined actors from across the public and private sectors. However, the pace of legal innovation is uneven, and the consistency of political leadership is erratic.

In the United States, fluxes and flows in law and policy across recent presidential administrations vividly demonstrate both the degree to which we still lack a collective national vision for how to respond to climate change, but also the extent to which legal innovation across the public and private sectors reveals the depth and capacity of the rule of law as a powerful tool to confront the climate crises.

Featured Speakers
Moderator: Lincoln L. Davies
Dean & Frank R. Strong Chair in Law
An internationally recognized expert in energy law and policy, Dean Davies’ research spans a broad array of topics, including renewables and alternative energy, utility regulation, carbon capture and sequestration, nuclear power and regulatory and technology innovation.

Panelist: Robert Bilott ’90
Partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
The tenacious environmental lawyer who became “DuPont’s worst nightmare,” according to The New York Times.  The story in his book, Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle Against Dupont, inspired the major motion picture, Dark Waters (November 2019), featuring Academy-Award nominee Mark Ruffalo as Rob Bilott.

Panelist: Cinnamon Carlarne
Associate Dean for Faculty & Intellectual Life and the Alumni Society Designated Professor of Law
Her scholarship focuses on the evolution of systems of domestic and international environmental law.  She is currently working on a new project about the future of climate law, titled Climate Courage.

Panelist: Paul Rose
Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and the Robert J. Watkins/Procter & Gamble Professor of Law
His scholarship focuses on sovereign wealth funds, public pension funds, sustainability financing, corporate governance, and securities regulation.