The federal SCC has virtually no current implications for lawyers outside of federal agency/regulatory practice. For that reason, I was somewhat surprised to see that the (fairly large) room was pretty well packed for the panel. During the question/discussion period, it became clear that a number of those in attendance were there just because they were interested in learning more about the problem of climate change and the challenge of climate policy. Of course, some corporate lawyers might have attended because they foresee a time when the SCC will have relevance for their companies, e.g. in the form of a carbon tax.
Here is the outline of my own presentation from the panel:
This afternoon, I'm heading back to Indy because the I.U. Maurer Law School is hosting a reception for its alums and current students who are attending the conference. (A bit of irony here, as I moved to Bloomington to avoid the commute from Indy. Indeed, I have to go back to Indy a third day in a row on Saturday to pick up my wife at the airport).