March 02, 2020

Views from the Chair

Karen A. Mignone

On January 15 and 16 our Section, with the International Bar Association, cosponsored the second Environmental Summit of the Americas, held in Mexico City. The Summit was a sold-out event that attracted 56 lawyers from 14 countries, including excellent representation from our Section. We were honored to hear opening comments from ABA President Judy Perry Martinez, who during her term has highlighted the legal profession’s contributions to addressing climate change. Our Section, led by Amy Edwards, has advised President Martinez on these issues, particularly with information about the Climate Change Resolution adopted by the ABA last August. President Martinez underscored the importance of addressing climate change from a human rights perspective, especially for the most vulnerable populations, and advocating for sustainable development and economic opportunities as part of the mitigation measures undertaken around the globe. She emphasized the importance of lawyers as whole, and of the American Bar Association in particular, playing a leading role in developing constructive approaches to addressing climate change. Hector Herrera Ordonez, the president of the Barra Mexicana, and Daniel del Rio, the treasurer of the International Bar Association, were also in attendance and provided remarks.

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