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This is a Lunch & Learn (i.e. brown-bag) event; beverages and dessert will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

When: Tues, Oct 30, 2018
12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
Where: Beveridge & Diamond PC
1350 I Street, NW
Suite 700
Washington, District of Columbia  20005
United States

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WCEE’s Lunch & Learn Series presents

Trial of the Century?

Juliana v. United States


Does the Constitution provide the right to a climate system that will sustain human life? That’s a central question in Juliana v. United States, a case brought by 21 youth plaintiffs against the federal government.

Beginning on October 29, this unique case will go to trial before a federal judge in Eugene, Oregon. Lawyers for the plaintiffs argue that the government’s actions have directly contributed to man-made climate change and in so doing, have violated the plaintiffs’ rights enshrined in the Constitution to life, liberty and property.

The case has been challenged by both the Obama and Trump administrations, who have argued, among other things, that courts cannot dictate national climate change policy. On July 30, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the case to go forward, rejecting the Trump administration’s request to dismiss or stay the case.

Please join us for a lively dialogue between a lawyer and a reporter who will provide insight into the significance of this case and a discussion of how it fits into the larger landscape of climate lawsuits being brought against governments and corporations in states, cities as well as internationally.

Date: Tuesday October 30, 2018


Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

Venue:  Beveridge & Diamond PC,1350 I Street, N.W., Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20005

Closest Metro:  McPherson Square (Blue/Orange/Silver)

Cost: $0 (WCEE members); $20 (non-WCEE members)
Seating is limited; if you are a WCEE member who signed-up for this event, please show up!

This is a Lunch & Learn (i.e. brown-bag) event; beverages and dessert will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

WCEE is grateful to

Beveridge & Diamond PC

for the use of its conference facilities

Our Speakers:

Amanda Reilly is the deputy editor for Climatewire, a publication at E&E News. She joined the company in 2010 and previously covered courts, climate and air policy, biofuels and environmental issues related to agriculture. Prior to joining E&E News, she worked for a year as the only reporter at a local newspaper in central New Jersey. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University and a master's degree in environmental resource policy from George Washington University.

Ariel Nelsonis a staff attorney and graduate teaching fellow in the Environmental Law & Justice Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center. She earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable David O. Carter on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and for the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is the co-author of a forthcoming book chapter discussing Juliana v. United States, the federal climate change lawsuit brought by Our Children’s Trust, a youth-centered activist initiative.




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