2017-18 Arkansas Law Review Symposium: Environmental Sustainability and Private Governance

October 27, 2017 from 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

The law review symposium has been approved for 7.5 hours of general CLE credit.


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Biographies of all the symposium speakers can be found here.



You can stream each event (either live or after the event) by following the instructions and links on the Law Review Symposium streaming page.


8:30-8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Symposium Introduction by Stacy Leeds, dean of the School of Law, and Peter MacKeith, dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Panel I: Governance Themes

  • Chisara Ehiemere, business director, Field to Market
  • Josh Galperin, director of the Environmental Protection Clinic, lecturer in law and research scholar, Yale Law School
  • Lee Paddock, associate dean and professorial lecturer in law, George Washington University Law School
  • Cassie Phillips, director of the Private Environmental Governance Initiative, Environmental Law Institute
  • Uché Ewelukwa Ofodile, moderator, E.J. Ball Professor of Law, University of Arkansas School of Law

10:15-10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m.-noon

Panel II: Energy and Climate Change

  • Steve Chriss, director of energy and strategy analysis, Walmart
  • Monika Ehrman, faculty director of the Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Center and associate professor of law, University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • Alice Kaswan, professor and Dean’s Circle Scholar, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Tara Righetti, associate professor of law, University of Wyoming School of Law
  • Sara Gosman, moderator, assistant professor, University of Arkansas School of Law

noon-12:30 p.m.


12:30-1:15 p.m.

Keynote Address: Motivating Private Climate Governance: The Role of the Efficiency Gap by Michael Vandenbergh

1:15-1:45 p.m.

Keynote Address: Leadership 2025: Creating Shared Value by Laura Phillips

1:45-2:00 p.m.


2:00-3:30 p.m.

Panel III: Retail and Supply Chain Management

  • Jenny Ahlen, director of supply chain, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Brian Fugate, Oren Harris Chair in Transportation and associate professor, University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business
  • Jeff Rice, vice president of responsible sourcing, Walmart
  • Mark Spears, former director of sustainable business practices, Disney Consumer Products (retired)
  • Jon Johnson, moderator, professor of management, University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business

3:30-3:45 p.m.


3:45-5:15 p.m.

Panel IV: Agriculture and Food

  • Peter Appel, Alex W. Smith Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law
  • David Dana, associate dean for faculty affairs and Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Kevin Igli, senior vice president and chief environmental officer, Tyson Foods, Inc.
  • Stephanie Tai, associate professor of law, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Greg Thoma, moderator, Bates Teaching Professor in Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas College of Engineering

5:15-5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks by the Arkansas Law Review Executive Committee

Biographies of all the symposium speakers can be found here.

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