Saturday, December 4, 2010

What We Are Reading

"Adapting to Climate Change: Facing the Consequences," The Economist, Nov. 27-Dec. 4, 2010

"Capitalism Can Save the Planet," Philip Stephens, Financial Times, Nov. 26, 2010

"China Hits Top in Clean Energy League Table," Financial Times, Nov. 20, 2010

"Energy," Special Report, The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 29, 2010

"How to Live With Climate Change," editorial, The Economist, Nov. 27-Dec. 4, 2010

"International Business Insight: Latin America," Special Report, Financial Times, Nov. 23, 2010

"Managing Climate Change," Special Report, Financial Times, Nov. 29, 2010

"South African Power & Energy," Special Report, Financial Times, Dec. 2, 2010

"US Innovative Lawyers 2010: Special Report," Financial Times, Dec. 1, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Leonardo G. Rodríguez, Argentine Lawyer and 2008 LLM Graduate, Speaks About Argentine Mining Law to Gathering at China Mining Congress & Expo

Leonardo G. Rodríguez, an Argentine attorney who earned his LLM in Environmental and Natural Resources Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, recently presented his latest book, entitled Argentine Law on Mining, at the "Third Seminar on Mining Investment Opportunities in Argentina," held in Tianjin, China.

Mr. Rodríguez, an associate attorney at the Buenos Aires-based firm of Marval O'Farrrell & Mairal, spoke at the 12th Annual China Mining Congress & Expo.

Mr. Rodríguez's book attracted the attention of many lawyers and investors who are considering investing in (or have already invested in) the Argentine mining sector.

He shared a panel with the Argentine Mining Secretary, Eng. Jorge Mayoral, the Governor of the Province of La Rioja, Luis Beder Herrera, and representatives of Chinese companies investing in Argentina, and the Argentine Chamber of Mining Companies.

According to Mr. Rodríguez, who was recognized as the "Outstanding LLM Student of the Year" in 2008 at the Sturm College of Law, "Over the years China Mining has evolved into one of the most influential mineral exploration/extraction trade events in the world, and has come to play a critical role in bringing together top policy makers and leading industry figures."

China Mining Congress & Expo attracted more than 3,500 delegates from 55 countries and featured over 420 booths.

Don C. Smith, Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law (ENRL) program at the Sturm College of Law, said, "Leonardo Rodríguez is expanding his reputation from his home country of Argentina to China, one of the most resources 'intensive' countries of the world. Congratulations to him on being asked to speak at this prestigious event with such an impressive panel."

Lucy Daberkow, Assistant Director for the ENRL Graduate Program, said, "Students often ask me how to become more involved in international work. I can point with considerable pride to what Leonardo is doing, and encourage potential graduate students to see what one of our most recognized alumni is doing in the international sphere."

Editor's Note: In the first picture, Mr. Rodríguez in on the left; in the second picture, he is the second person from the right.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

December 2, 2010: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Marks its 40th Birthday

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA was officially established on Dec. 2, 1970, as the result of President Richard M. Nixon's "Reorganization Plan No. 3" issued in July 1970. The following day President Nixon appointed William D. Ruckelshaus as the first head of the EPA. The new agency consolidated federal research, monitoring and enforcement activities in a single agency. EPA's self-described mission "is to protect human health by safeguarding the air we breathe, water we drink and land on which we live."

To see 40 years of images related to the American environment and the work of the EPA, please click here.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"Environmental and Natural Resources Law Certificate" Established by Sturm College of Law; Certificate Reflects Long-Standing Strength of DU Program

A "Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law" is now available for University of Denver Sturm College of Law students who meet certain criteria as established by the faculty of law.

The Certificate "is intended to acknowledge a path of specialized learning within the JD program. As such, it is a supplement to the basic JD degree," Don C. Smith, Director of the ENRL program said.

All enrolled law students in good standing are eligible for the ENRL Certificate. Please click here to learn more about the requirements for earning the certificate.

Graduates who earn the certificate will have this so noted on their diploma as well as on their transcript.

The establishment of the ENRL Certificate reflects the long-standing strength of the College of Law ENRL program "which is one of the oldest and most extensive environmental and natural resources law programs in the nation," Mr. Smith said. "For a century, the program, our faculty, and our students have provided leadership in the development, understanding, and application of environmental and natural resources law and in related fields."

Students who earn the certificate will benefit from an enhanced all around exposure to the College of Law's courses and will be seen in the market place as having special expertise, thus improving their competitive advantage in the job search process.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Colorado Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) Ushers in the "New Energy Economy;" Matt Futch of GEO Speaks to DU Students About Ground Breaking Program

Recent ground breaking legislation positions Colorado as a national leader in energy policy reform.

Colorado House Bills 1365 and 1001 set aggressive goals for expanding renewable energy distribution and reducing greenhouse gases, while prioritizing economic growth linked to the energy sector.

Recently, Matt Futch, Utilities Program Manager at the Colorado Governor's Energy Office (GEO), delivered a webinar presentation to University of Denver Sturm College of Law students that focused on distributed energy in Colorado, as well as the recent energy legislation. Mr. Futch presented highlights of the recent legislation, including:
  • Mandatory retirement of and pollution control systems on coal plants.
  • Minimum of 30 percent of total electric sales from eligible renewable resources by 2020.
  • Requirement that three percent of total energy must be obtained from distributed generation resources such as solar PV and small hydro systems.
In addition, Mr. Futch described the complexity behind Colorado’s electric power sector.

Mr. Futch’s presentation was arranged through the Law 4701 course, “Energy Policy and Economics,” which I teach. The webinar was open to all students and faculty, and those interested may access his presentation by clicking here.

Mr. Futch and the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office have played an active role with the College of Law. In addition to delivering periodic presentations and energy policy updates, the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office also hosts externships that are available through the College of Law Legal Externship Program.

DU is fortunate to host an engaging speaker like Mr. Futch, who is able to discuss these cutting edge energy issues. I highly recommend that those interested in energy policy take the time to review Mr. Futch’s presentation. The eyes of the nation are on Colorado to see how our new energy policy unfolds.

Ensuring stable energy prices is important to economic stability, since energy is used in virtually every production process. Innovative energy production also has the potential to jump start technological innovation and job growth. although these benefits may not be realized for quite some time.

Dr. Catherine Keske
Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Colorado State University
Adjunct Professor
Sturm College of Law

Editor's note: In photo above, Matt Futch is on far left; College of Law Professor K.K. DuVivier is second from left; students are on the far right.