2016 Symposium Speakers

The South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business is proud to have the following speakers at the 2016 Symposium:

  • Roger R. Martella – Partner, Sidley Austin L.L.P., Former General Counsel of EPA
    • Roger Martella is an international environmental attorney with Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, D.C., focusing on assisting multinational corporations with environmental compliance, sustainable development, and litigation across the globe. Prior to joining Sidley Austin, Mr. Martella was the General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Principal Counsel for Complex Litigation for the Justice Department’s Natural Resources Section. Mr. Martella is the co-chair of the International Bar Association’s Climate Change Justice and Human Rights Task Force, vice chair of the American Bar Association’s Sustainable Development Task Force, and vice Chair of the ABA’s World Justice Forum committee. Mr. Martella also is the founder of the U.S. EPA’s China Environmental Law Initiative. He is listed as one of the ten leading environmental lawyers globally by the International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers. Mr. Martella graduated from Vanderbilt Law School, where he was Editor in Chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review, and Cornell University.
  • Sanya Carley – Associate Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, University of Indiana 
    • Sanya Carley is an associate professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, where she also serves as a research member of the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy and the Chair of the Policy Analysis and Public Finance faculty group. Her research focuses on energy policy, including both electricity and transportation policy, and the effects, effectiveness, and unintended consequences of these policies. She also publishes research on energy-based economic development and public perceptions of emerging energy technologies. Dr. Carley has over eight years of evaluation and statistical consulting experience with the World Bank, RTI International, ARCeconomics, The Nicholas Institute, and the Environmental Protection Agency. She received her Ph.D. in public policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds an M.S. in urban planning from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and bachelor’s degrees in economics and sustainable development from Swarthmore College.
  • Lee Kindberg – Director, Environment & Sustainability, Maersk Line
    • Lee Kindberg is Head of Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability for Maersk Line in North America. She is now co-chairing the EPA Ports Workgroup, and serves on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee. She is also active in Business for Social Responsibility’s Clean Cargo Working Group, a global group dedicated to assessing and improving the environmental impact of shipping. Dr. Kindberg received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Alabama and a Doctorate in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina. She has an extensive background in the chemical industry, where she was Director of Government Relations & Environmental Science for the Hoechst Celanese (HCC) Fibers & Specialty Chemicals Groups. She managed environmental, health and safety for a major chemical manufacturing facility, was active in national and state industry groups and served on the Boards of several state chemical and industry associations.
  • John Dernbach – Director, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, Widener University Commonwealth Law School
    • John C. Dernbach is Distinguished Professor of Law at Widener University Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Director of that school’s Environmental Law and Sustainability Center. Professor Dernbach has written on sustainable development, climate change, and other topics in more than 40 articles for law reviews and peer-reviewed journals, and has authored, coauthored, or contributed chapters to more than 20 books. He is the editor (with James R. May) of Shale Gas and the Future of Energy: Law and Policy for Sustainability (Edward Elgar 2016), the principal author of author of Acting as if Tomorrow Matters: Accelerating the Transition to Sustainability (Environmental Law Institute Press 2012), and the editor of Agenda for a Sustainable America (ELI Press 2009) and Stumbling Toward Sustainability (ELI Press 2002).
  • Lincoln Davies – Professor of Law, College of Law, University of Utah
    • Lincoln Davies is the James I. Farr Professor of Law, Presidential Scholar, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Professor Davies is co-author of one of the two leading energy law casebooks in the United States, 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 States. He has written extensively on energy law and policy, and in particular on renewables and alternative energy, nuclear power, and regulatory and technology innovation. His articles have appeared in the University of Illinois Law Review, the Connecticut Law Review, the Maryland Law Review, the BYU Law Review, and Energy Policy, among others. His recent articles include Incomplete Integration: Water, Drought, and Electricity Planning in the West (with Victoria Luman); Fukushima’s Shadow (with Alexis Jones); U.S. Renewable Energy Policy in Context; Feed-in Tariffs in Turmoil (with Kirsten Allen); and Evaluating RPS Policy Design: Metrics, Gaps, Best Practices, and Paths to Innovation. Davies has been a visiting professor at both the University of Sydney and Kyungpook National University, the top public university in Korea. In 2013, he was awarded the McCloy Fellowship in Environmental Policy to conduct comparative research on U.S. and German renewable energy law. His scholarship is available at http://ssrn.com/author=195508.
  • Avi Zevin – Associate, Van Ness Feldman, LLP
    • Avi is an attorney at the Washington, D.C. and Seattle, Washington based law firm Van Ness Feldman, LLP, where he represents a diverse set of clients in the energy sector including electric utilities, clean energy businesses and associations, and Fortune 100 companies. Avi draws upon his in-depth knowledge and experience of the regulatory and political processes to provide strategic advice, legal advocacy, and policy analysis and development for clients on matters before federal agencies, the U.S. Congress, the federal courts, and in private transactions.  His areas of focus include climate and clean air regulation and policy, including EPA’s Clean Power Plan and regulation of methane from the oil and gas sector, and California’s Cap-and-Trade Program; federal administrative law litigation; energy efficiency, renewable energy, biofuels, and other clean energy policy; and electric markets and transmission.
  • Cinnamon Carlarne – Professor of Law, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University
    • Professor Cinnamon Piñon Carlarne is a leading expert in environmental law and climate change law and policy. Prior to joining the Moritz faculty, she was an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law. From 2006-08, Professor Carlarne was the Harold Woods Research Fellow in Environmental Law at Wadham College, Oxford, where she was a member of the law faculty and the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. She previously taught at the University of Cincinnati Center for Environmental Studies. Prior to that, she was an associate attorney in the Energy, Land Use, and Environment section at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, D.C. Carlarne’s scholarship focuses on the evolution of system of domestic and international environmental governance and includes a book on comparative climate change law and policy with Oxford University Press; a series of journal articles and book chapters exploring questions of domestic and international environmental law; and a forthcoming textbook on seas, society, and human well-being. She is on the editorial board for the Climate Law journal (IOS Press) and the newly established Transnational Environmental Law journal, launched by Cambridge University Press in 2012.
  • Michael Mehling – Executive Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Michael Mehling is Executive Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he facilitates research across MIT on the policy implications of energy, climate change, and the environment. He holds a simultaneous appointment as a Research Scientist with the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde. Previously, he was President of the Ecologic Institute in Washington DC, an environmental think tank with partner offices in Berlin and Brussels, and held research and teaching posts at Georgetown University and the Universities of Greifswald, Helsinki and Constance. He is also the founding editor of the Carbon & Climate Law Review, the first academic journal focused on legal aspects of climate change, and contributed to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Trained as an attorney, Michael specializes in legal and institutional aspects of energy and environmental policy, with a focus on policy instruments for climate change mitigation and adaptation, climate and energy finance, and interlinkages with the international trade regime. Over the years, he has led a number of advisory projects for government agencies, private companies and civil society organizations in Europe, North America, and the developing world.
  • Charlotte Streck – Director/Co-Founder, Climate Focus
    • Dr. Charlotte Streck is director of Climate Focus an international advisory company on climate policy with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Bogota, Washington DC and representations in Bangkok and Lisbon. She is a proliferate writer, sits on several advisory, investment and editorial panels. She was appointed to the advisory council of the Prince of Wales Rainforest Project in 2008, advised Al Gore on soil carbon in 2009, and was a board member of the Rainforest Partnership, an Austin-based NGO from 2010-2012. Jointly with Jeff Horowitz she created the Avoided Deforestation Partners in 2008. She is passionate about communicating the urgency of climate change and habitat loss to broader communities and works on several projects that combine the arts and environment. In 2012 she was appointed to be an scientific advisor to the Goethe Institute “Glacier Music” project as well as to the Schlossmediale Werdenberg, a music and multi-media festival in Buchs, Switzerland. She is a board member of the Orchester des Wandels, an initiative of the Staatskapelle Berlin and co-director of the Sinfonia Tropico, a project that raises awareness on the loss of biodiversity in Colombia.