The 2024 J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium

The George Washington University Law School's Environmental and Energy Law Program will host their annual Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium in Washington, DC on March 27 and 28, 2024. This year’s symposium, “Environmental Justice Solutions Summit: Strategic Litigation, Resilience, and Hope,” will explore environmental justice with a cross-sectional and interdisciplinary lens and feature youth climate activism, climate migration, strategic litigation, and community engagement perspectives.

This in-person conference will take place at The George Washington University Law School. The event will launch on Wednesday, March 27, with a keynote book talk from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Professor Robert Verchick on his critically acclaimed book, The Octopus in the Parking Garage.

The panel discussions on Thursday, March 28, will focus on success stories, proposed strategies for future progress, and hope. Attendees will hear from leading authors, lawyers, scholars, activists, and other experts across many disciplines from academia, government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector who have been actively engaged in environmental justice initiatives in the US and around the world.

Hausfeld Associate Samantha Derksen will be a panelist on the “Strategic Litigation to Promote Human Rights and Environmental Protection” panel. Joining Sam will be moderator Jarryd Page, Esq., Staff Attorney, Environmental Law Institute; and panelists Amelia Burnette, Visiting Scholar and Professorial Lecturer in Law, GW Law; Leonardo Crippa, Esq., Senior Attorney, Indian Law Resource Center; and Paul Rink, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.