ELP Conferences and Symposia through the Richardson School of Law:

April 9, 2021 (register here)

Environmental Law Program (ELP) 30th Anniversary Re-Envisioning Conference
Hā‘upu ‘Āina Aloha: Re-Envisioning ELP

9:00-9:15am Introduction

9:15-9:45am Talk Story with Brian Schatz, United States Senator

9:45-10:30am Shalanda Baker, Deputy Director for Energy Justice & Secretary’s Advisor on Equity, Office of Economy Impact and Diversity at the U.S. Department of Energy
(.75 CLE Credit)

10:30-10:35am Break

10:35-11:20am Julia Olson, Executive Director and Chief Legal Counsel, Our Children’s Trust; Lead Plaintiffs’ Lawyer in Juliana v. United States
(.75 CLE Credit)

11:20-11:25am Break

11:25-11:55am A Roundtable with ELP Directors Casey Leigh (Jarman), Denise Antolini, and David M. Forman (.5 CLE Ethics Credit)

11:55-12:40pm Breakout Rooms, Hāʻupu ʻĀina Aloha: Re-Envisioning ELP

12:40-12:45pm Closing


Brian Schatz is Hawai‘i’s senior United States Senator. Since joining the Senate, he has focused his work on helping workers, veterans, and families and has led key legislation on health care, climate change, and technology. Senator Schatz chairs the Indian Affairs Committee, and serves on the Appropriations Committee; the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; the Foreign Affairs Committee; and the Select Committee on Ethics. He also serves on the Senate Democratic Caucus’s leadership team as Chief Deputy Whip.

Shalanda H. Baker was most recently a professor of law, public policy, and urban affairs at Northeastern University. She was the co-founder and co-director of the Initiative for Energy Justice, which provides technical law and policy support to communities on the front lines of climate change. Baker served as an Air Force officer prior to her honorable discharge pursuant to the then existing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and became a vocal advocate for repeal of the policy. She earned a B.S. in Political Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a J.D. from Northeastern University, and L.L.M. from the University of Wisconsin.

Julia Olson graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, with a J.D. in 1997. For the first part of her 22-year career, Julia represented grassroots conservation groups working to protect the environment, organic agriculture, and human health. Julia founded Our Children’s Trust in 2010 to lead this strategic legal campaign on behalf of the world’s youth against governments everywhere. Julia leads Juliana v. United States, the constitutional climate change case brought by 21 youth against the U.S. government for violating their Fifth Amendment rights to life, liberty, property, and public trust resources.

Professor Casey Leigh (Jarman) came from the University of Mississippi, where she was Director of the Coastal and Marine ResourcesProgram, to join the School of Law faculty in 1987. She was the founder and first director of the School’s Environmental Law Program (ELP). She retired in the Fall of 2011 and is enjoying life in Washington State.

January 31 – February 1, 2020

Second Global Symposium on “Judiciary and the Environmental Rule of Law: Adjudicating Our Future”

This high-level Second Global Symposium was organized by the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment (GJIE), the World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI). The Hawaiʻi State Judiciary and ELP co-hosted this two-day event. 


March 23, 2019

Invasive Species and Biosecurity in Hawaiʻi

Co-sponsored by the Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC), State Environmental Council, and the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).


May 3, 2019

Climate Change Science and Litigation: Communities Go to Court to Recover Costs of the Climate Crisis


November 9 & 10, 2018

The Role of International Courts in Protecting Environmental Commons


August 8, 2018

US Coral Reef Task Force Symposium 

The Symposium covered a wide range of issues regarding coral reef conservation in the Pacific.


April 7, 2018

Sea Level Rise, Coastal Flood Risk, and Social Vulnerability Workshop

This workshop featured a mixture of informative and powerful presentations by scientific, legal, and government experts, a video presentation by a member of the youth, and web tool demonstrations.

March 31, 2018

ELP Co-Hosts Informational Forum on Toxoplasmosis

Experts representing various backgrounds from universities and the state and federal government highlighted what is currently known about the Toxoplasma gondii parasite and the disease it can cause. 


April 25, 2017

Hawai’i Environmental Court Workshop with Judge Larry Potter

The William S. Richardson School of Law Environmental Law Program, in cooperation with Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful, conducted a workshop on the Hawai’i Environmental Court, with a special focus on O’ahu Litter, Illegal Dumping, and Community Environmental Enforcement.


December 16-17, 2016

Hawaii Marine Resources Enforcement Conference (HMREC)

The second annual two-day environmental conference aimed at strengthening Hawaii’s capacity to enforce laws that protect near-shore ocean resources.


December 13-14, 2016

Symposium on Climate Displacement, Migration, and Relocation

The Council on Environmental Quality, in collaboration with the Hawaii and Alaska Sea Grant College Programs, and the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i Manoa, hosted the Symposium on Climate Displacement, Migration, and Relocation.


June 16, 2016

India-Hawaii Law Symposium

Information on India-Hawaii Law Symposium focusing on the environmental rule of law, the climate crisis, environmental courts, and constitutions and the environment.


June 26, 2015

Hawaii Environmental Court Symposium

Materials and information on the Hawai’i Environmental Court Symposium


June 22-24, 2015

NEPA Workshop

Information on the NEPA workshop held in Hilo, Hawaii.