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Petition to Keystone State Seeks Carbon Pricing as Climate Change Solution

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is officially considering a petition filed yesterday (November 27, 2017) by the Clean Air Council and many other people and organizations to implement an economy-wide auction-cap-and-trade program for Pennsylvania, with measures to prevent leakage and auction most allowances with a reserve price. The program will create substantial revenue for the Commonwealth […]

Using the Law to Solve Climate Change: What Can Pennsylvania Do?

On October 8, 2018, the United Nations scientific panel charged with tracking climate change issued a special report that dominated international headlines for days. The report painted a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought and noted that avoiding the damage requires transforming the world economy at a […]

Lawyers Fighting Climate Change Take Inspiration from Those Who Fought for Civil Rights #ClimateLaw

On April 28, 2017, a group of leading lawyers, law professors, and law students will convene in person and on the internet at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC, for the First National Conference of Lawyers Committed to Addressing the Climate Emergency. The conference is free and open to the public, but […]

Now More Important than Ever: Legal Conference in Philadelphia on Climate Change

The result of the American presidential election highlights the need for bipartisan support for fighting climate change. The law and legal framework proposed to date can be used to build a variety of solutions to climate change, including harnessing the power of free markets to stimulate investment and growth in alternative energy supplies and technology. […]

Attorneys to Tackle Climate Change at November 16th CLE

WHEN November 16, 2016 8:30am-6:00pm WHERE The Law Firm of Drinker Biddle One Logan Square, Ste. 2000 Philadelphia, PA 19103> WHAT CLE Provided by the Philadelphia Bar Association 7.5 credit CLE course, including one ethics credit A Call to the Bar, the Philadelphia Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council are convening lawyers and others […]

Justice Scalia’s Last Important Vote

Justice Antonin Scalia died on Saturday. In 1987, when I was a second year law student, he visited Villanova Law School as the Supreme Court’s newest and youngest justice. He gave a lecture about the Constitution. His main point, as I recall, was that the structure of government under the Constitution is more important than the […]

Why Every Lawyer Should Care About Climate Change

On November 20, 2015, the House of Delegates of the Pennsylvania Bar Association will consider a resolution calling for government to acknowledge and act on the urgent problem of climate change caused by human activity. As a supporter of the resolution, I have been asked “why is this an issue for lawyers and the bar association?” […]

Hats Off to These House Republicans for Critical Support on Climate Change Action

These courageous and principled Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives recently signed onto a resolution (the “Gibson Resolution”) that Congress should address the problem of climate change. Rep. Chris Gibson (Hudson Valley and the Catskills regions) Rep. Ryan Costello (suburban Philadelphia) Rep. Carlos Curbello (south of Miami) Rep. Bob Dold (suburban Chicago) Rep. […]



A Call to the Bar grew out of a discussion in Philadelphia by lawyers and scientists about what members of the legal profession can do to help society face the urgent problem of climate change, knowing that viable solutions are technically and economically available but not being implemented because of a lack of public awareness and support. The argument was made that lawyers are one of the most powerful groups in our society and should use that power to help convince the public and politicians of the need for immediate action on climate change.


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