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The Good, the Bad, and the Future of Legal Frameworks for Sustainability in Business: Implications of Climate Change

What are the legal implications of climate change for your business? What are the most important risks to consider? How do you address this issue most efficiently? A top notch team of legal advisers will converse with us about what they see as the biggest risks and where they see future requirements and regulations heading.

From insurance issues to taking the blame for climate change impacts, businesses need to know what actions to take. Around the world regulations are changing and an awareness of the direction of change is critical.

September 20, 2012MP900305710
6-8 pm

Seattle University, Chardin Room 145
1020 E Jefferson
Seattle, WA 98122


$20 individual
$15 student
(meal included)

Click here to register (closed)

Meet our Panel:

David Brenner, Principal
Riddell Williams P.S.

Heading the Insurance Coverage and Nonprofit practice groups at Riddell Williams, David brings over 22 years of experience in litigating insurance, antitrust, corporate law and securities suits. He counsels on insurance claims, policies and risk avoidance. His representative clients include Microsoft, Puget Sound Energy, and Idaho Power Company, including various family owned businesses, religious institutions and nonprofits. David received his J.D. fromlogo the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California Berkeley and B.A. from Stanford University. For our climate change discussion, David will discuss how climate change risks may manifest. He says, "It is inevitable that lawyers and lawsuits will continue to try to assign responsibility for such a catastrophic loss, but they will be more indirect."

Julie Wade, Director, Corporate Counsel
Starbucks Coffee Company

As an attorney for Starbucks, Julie works in global social responsibility. Her role is to maintain an ethical sourcing program that is fair and environmentally sound. Being on the forefront of ethical supply chain sourcing, Starbucks compiled their own set of standards for cocoa sourcing and have been on the U.S. Green Building Council (US GBC) since 2000. They played a leading role in the US GBC Retail Development Committee to create a scorecard for store design to align with LEED standards. Julie received a J.D. at Southern Methodist University Dedmsb_logoan School of Law and B.A. in Latin American Development from Harvard University. She will share her experiences and issues faced in working globally towards these environmental measures at Starbucks.

Craig Gannett, Partner, Co-chair, Energy and Environmental Practice
Davis Wright Tremaine LLPDWT_logo
Former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Craig Gannett, is now partner and co-chair of energy and environmental policy at Davis Wright Tremaine where his practice is in climate change-related regulation, electric utility regulation, and renewable energy development. Craig also teaches Climate Change law at the University of Washington School of Law.

Heida Alesmen, Climate Change Policyecy_logo
Department of Ecology
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