Shapiro Symposium Focuses on Federal Land Management

Symposium panelists Jay Jensen, associate director of land and water ecosystems for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and GW Law Professor Robert Glicksman

The 2014 J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium, co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute and the University of Houston Law Center, brought together dozens of experts from the federal government, academic institutions, and NGOs to discuss the role of planning in federal land management. 

The two-day March program covered a broad range of issues, including energy development, climate change adaptation, marine planning, and integrating federal, state, and local planning efforts. Many of the panelists will be publishing their papers in upcoming editions of the Journal of Energy and Environmental Law (JEEL)

 The 2015 Shapiro Symposium, scheduled for March 26 and 27, will address “The Role of Advanced Monitoring; Remote Sensing; and New Forms of Information Gathering, Analysis, and Disclosure in Environmental Compliance and Enforcement.” The conference will be part of GW Law’s ongoing collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to support the agency’s initiative on next generation environmental compliance and enforcement.

Also in support of the initiative, Jessica Wentz, former visiting associate professor of law and environmental energy program fellow, and Lee Paddock, associate dean for environmental law studies, edited the book Next Generation Environmental Compliance and Enforcement.

Some of the presentations are available at