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The Roles of Lawyers and Bar Associations in Combating Climate Change

Alasdair Cameron, Climate Change Policy Adviser, The Law Society of England and Wales
Amy Edwards, Climate Change Task Force, American Bar Association; Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
John Dernbach (moderator), Emeritus Professor of Environmental Law and Sustainability, Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Lara Douvartzidis, Project Lawyer, International Bar Association
Camila Bustos, Co-founder, Law Students For Climate Accountability; Assistant Professor, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University
Michael Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School; Founder and Faculty Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Letícia Perrone Campos Mello, Brazilian Bar Association; Partner, Wald, Antunes, Vita, Longo e Blattner Advogados
Selina Lee-Anderson, Canadian Bar Association; Partner, Miller Thompson
Georgina Beasley, CEO, Net Zero Lawyers Alliance
Event by: New York City Bar Association
1 hour 30 minutes

06:30 PM - 08:00 PM EDT
42 West 44th Street,
Public event

New York City,
United States

The Roles of Lawyers and Bar Associations in Combating Climate Change

This event brings together an unprecedented coalition of national, international, state, and local bar associations. It is premised on the idea that lawyers can and should play a greater role in combating climate change.

Panelists will advance practical ideas on how to engage in climate-conscious lawyering in counseling clients and engaging in pro bono activities. Climate change is already altering, and will continue to alter, the background conditions on which the practice of law is based, and the risks and opportunities of a wide range of activities in which clients engage. It is also leading to a variety of new public and private laws.

Law associations, including the American Bar Association, have responded with resolutions encouraging climate conscious lawyering and providing guidance to lawyers on how climate change affects their current professional responsibilities. The panelists will discuss these and other actions, and invite discussion on what more needs to be done. Light refreshments are planned to begin at 5:30 p.m.