Energy Policy and Markets in a Shifting Federal-State Landscape

Fall 2017 Symposium

This symposium will discuss the changing energy regulatory and economic landscape from the local to the federal level. Markets drive many aspects of energy policy, and local and state policies do not consistently align with federal ones. Thus, even with new federal incentives for certain fuels, such as coal, other fuels such as renewable energy and natural gas might continue to outcompete sources that have historically dominated the U.S. energy mix. Symposium participants will discuss this complex landscape, with one panel focusing on electricity issues and a second panel focusing on fossil fuels.

Wednesday, November 8 from 3:15 – 5:30 pm in Room 208


LiveStream this event here.


3:15-3:25 pm:

3:25-4:40 pm:


  • Lincoln Davies, Hugh B. Brown Presidential Endowed Chair in Law, University of Utah College of Law
  • Emily Hammond, Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School
  • Felix Mormann, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law and Faculty Fellow, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University
  • Jim Rossi, Professor and Director, Program in Law and Government, Vanderbilt Law School

4:45-5:30 pm:
Fossil Fuels


  • Dr. Shanti Gamper-Rabindran, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
  • Kate Konschnik, Director of Harvard Law School’s Environmental Policy Initiative of the Environmental Law Program and Lecturer on Law
  • Kristen van de Biezenbos, Assistant Professor, University of Calgary Faculty of Law



Lincoln Davies, Hugh B. Brown Presidential Endowed Chair in Law
University of Utah

Lincoln Davies is the Hugh B. Brown Presidential Endowed Chair in Law and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. An internationally recognized expert in energy law and policy, Davies is co-author of one of the nation’s leading energy law casebooks, Energy Law and Policy (West Academic, 2014), as well as co-author with Joseph Tomain of an international treatise on U.S. energy law, Energy Law in the United State of America. He has written extensively on energy and environmental law, and in particular on renewables and alternative energy, rooftop solar, renewable portfolio standards (RPSs) and feed-in tariffs (FITs), nuclear energy, carbon capture and sequestration, and regulatory and technology innovation. Davies has been a visiting professor at the University of Sydney, Kyungpook National University, and Seoul National University. In 2013, he was awarded the McCloy Fellowship in Environmental Policy to conduct comparative research on U.S. and German renewable energy law. In 2017, he engaged in a continent-wide speaking tour on U.S. energy policy under the Trump Administration for the Australian Institute of Energy.




Dr. Shanti Gamper-Rabindran, Associate Professor
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

Shanti Gamper-Rabindran is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Department of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from MIT, completed an MSc in environmental management and B.A. in jurisprudence at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. She is the editor of The Shale Dilemma: A Global Perspective on Fracking and Shale Development (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017). She has conducted work for the World Bank, the Environmental Protection Agency and Human Rights Watch. She was recently selected for the Bley Stein Visiting Professorship at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. Her peer-reviewed publications are in the areas of energy, environment, health and development policy.




Emily Hammond, Professor of Law
George Washington University

Emily Hammond is a nationally recognized expert in energy law, environmental law and administrative law. A former environmental engineer, she brings technical fluency to cutting-edge issues at the intersection of law, science, and policy. Her scholarship focuses on regulatory process, the responses of various legal institutions to scientific uncertainty, electricity markets, climate change, and the law of water quality. Her articles have appeared in numerous top-ranked journals, including the Columbia Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Michigan Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Law Review. She is a co-author of one of the nation’s leading energy law texts, Energy, Economics and the Environment, and the environmental law text Environmental Protection: Law and Policy, in addition to a variety of book chapters and shorter works.




Kate Konschnik, Director of Harvard Law School’s Environmental Policy Initiative of the Environmental Law Program and Lecturer on Law, transitioning to Director of Climate & Energy Programs, Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Solutions (as of December 1)

Kate Konschnik is transitioning to the director of Climate & Energy Programs at the Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Solutions. Previously, she was executive director of the Harvard Environmental Law Program and a lecturer at Harvard Law School. Prior to joining Harvard Law School, she served as chief environmental counsel to U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and directed his staff on the Oversight Subcommittee of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. From 2002 to 2009, she also served as an environmental enforcement trial attorney at the United States Department of Justice.




Felix Mormann, Associate Professor at Texas A&M University School of Law & Faculty Fellow at Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University

Felix Mormann is an associate professor at the Texas A&M University School of Law and Faculty Fellow at Stanford University's Steyer–Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. His research interests lie at the intersection of law and innovation in the context of environmental and energy law and policy. Drawing on his background as an internationally trained corporate and energy lawyer, Mormann currently investigates domestic and international regulation and policy related to clean-energy technologies. His often–comparative research starts from the premise that environmentally sustainable energy solutions require an economically sustainable policy landscape to leverage necessary investment.




Jim Rossi, Professor and Director
Program in Law and Government, Vanderbilt University

Jim Rossi is nationally recognized for his research on administrative and energy law topics. His recent articles focus on the role of public utility doctrines and principles in modern energy markets, as well as federalism and other shared jurisdictional issues affecting agency regulation. His books include Energy, Economics and the Environment (4th edition, Foundation Press, 2015, with Joel Eisen, Emily Hammond, David Spence, Jacqueline Weaver and Hannah Wiseman), Regulatory Bargaining and Public Law (Cambridge University Press, 2005), and an edited collection of essays, Dual Enforcement of Constitutional Norms: The New Frontier of State Constitutionalism (Oxford University Press, 2010, with James Gardner). He served as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States' Committee on Collaborative Governance project on Improving Coordination of Related Agency Responsibilities, which resulted in a set of recommendations adopted by the conference on how agencies should coordinate. Before joining Vanderbilt's law faculty, he was the Harry M. Walborsky Professor and associate dean for research at FSU Law.




Kristen van de Biezenbos, Assistant Professor
University of Calgary

Kristen van de Biezenbos is an assistant professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. Prior to joining the law faculty at Calgary, she taught at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and Texas Tech University School of Law, and served as a Westerfield Fellow at Loyola New Orleans College of Law. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Tulane University Law School in 2010. She teaches and writes on energy law and policy offshore resources, and international commercial law. In particular, she is interested in democratic and procedural legitimacy concerns among communities impacted by energy projects. Her work has appeared in the Fordham Law Review, Tulane Law Review, Michigan Journal of Law Reform, and the George Washington Journal of Energy and Environmental Law. She is the current chair of the Admiralty & Maritime Law section of the American Association of Law Schools, a member of the Board of Advisory Editors for the Tulane Law Review and the Loyola Maritime Law Journal, and is a former trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.



Hannah Wiseman, Attorneys' Title Professor
Florida State University College of Law

Professor Hannah Wiseman’s research explores the role of regulation in protecting the character of living spaces and environmental quality, from the sublocal to the national level. As a law student, Professor Wiseman was a managing editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation and received the Israel H. Peres prize for the best student note or comment appearing in the Yale Law Journal in 2007. Professor Wiseman clerked for the Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She joined the law school in 2012 and teaches Energy Law, Environmental Law, Land Use Regulation and Oil and Gas Law.




David L. Markell, Steven M. Goldstein Professor and Associate Dean for Research
Florida State University College of Law

Recognized with several national scholarship honors, David Markell has published six books and more than 50 articles and book chapters on administrative law and environmental law topics including climate change, compliance and enforcement, and North American environmental law and policy. Four articles have been selected by peers as among the best law review articles in the field of environmental law since 2000. Two other articles have been selected as finalists for this honor. One of Markell’s books received the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Award for Scholarship and was cited as "the most outstanding work of legal scholarship in the field" published in 1995.



2.5 CLE credits in City, County, and Local Government Law and State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice
Course Reference #: 1707579N

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