Media advisory re briefing on mediating environmental disputes

Breakfast briefing this Friday on the use of Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) techniques in environmental “interest disputes” that do not lend themselves to resolution by litigation.

MEDIA ADVISORY
RSVP to/Contact: Chris Cory, Pace University, 212-346-1117, cell 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu

FRIDAY BREAKFAST BRIEFING ON MEDIATING ENVIRONMENTAL DISPUTES

WHAT: Breakfast briefing on use of Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) techniques in environmental “interest disputes” that do not lend themselves to resolution by litigation.

Announcement of new center on environmental interest disputes at Pace University’s environmentally-noted law school, made possible by $1 million grant from Ted Kheel’s Nurture Nature foundation.

WHO: Theodore W. Kheel, legendary mediator of labor/management disputes, environmental advocate

Stephen J. Friedman, President of Pace University, former dean of Pace law school, senior partner of Debevoise & Plimpton LLC and SEC Commissioner

WHEN: This Friday, April 4, 9 AM sharp. Continental breakfast served

WHERE: Charles Evans Hughes Room, Bar Association of the City of New York
42 West 44th St.

NOTES: Issues that may be amenable to ADR include
• Climate change
• Offshore generating turbines
• Local disputes between developers and environmentalists
• Whether bridges like the Tappan Zee should accommodate pollution-lowering mass transit
• Whether one country’s proposed coal plant threatens the ability of another country to meet its Kyoto Protocol greenhouse emission reductions

Uniqueness: There are a number of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) centers, including some run by bar associations, but no law schools we know of have specialties in this area, teach students actually to conduct environmental ADR, and are involved in training lawyers in this field and teaching the advantages of establishing environmental ADR practice areas.

We are holding our press conference at the New York City Bar Association as an initial step toward increasing the involvement of attorneys and law firms in this practice area.

ADR has grown greatly in all fields in recent years, including environmental fields.

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