April 13, 2018

Environmental justice focus of ABA program April 16 in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, April 13, 2018 — The threats and opportunities that confront environmental justice in communities and the law will be the focus of the American Bar Association program, “Environmental Justice in the 21st Century, part 2: Threats and Opportunities,” an April 16 event and webinar.

Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) will give the keynote address. Ruiz, along with Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), introduced the Environmental Justice Act of 2017, which strengthens legal protections against environmental injustice in communities of color, low-income communities and indigenous communities.

What:  
Environmental Justice in the 21st Century, part 2: Threats and Opportunities
presented by the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

When: 
Monday, April 16, 6-8 p.m.

Where:
Live and Live-Stream Webinar
Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Ave., NW (McDonough Room 207)
Washington, DC 20001

A reception will follow the event in the atrium outside the classroom at 7:30 p.m. or Live-Stream Webinar, register here.

Legal experts and environmental advocates in the field will discuss updates on Environmental Justice in the 21st Century. The moderator for the discussion is Sheila R. Foster, professor of law and public policy at Georgetown University Law Center. Speakers include: Adrienne L. Hollis, director of Federal Policy, WE ACT for Environmental Justice; Leslie Fields, director, Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships Program, Sierra Club; and Lucia Silecchia, professor of law, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

The discussion will include:

  • The latest on climate justice
  • Toxic-siting, targeting minority communities for hazardous waste sites
  • Ramifications of extreme weather events on marginalized communities
  • Strategies for empowering and supporting environmental justice communities through their work

This event is open to members of the media. For press credentialing, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at Betsy.Adeboyejo@americanbar.org.

This program is part of a two-part series. Environmental Justice, part 1, was held Nov. 28, 2017. Senator Cory Booker delivered the keynote address and a panel discussed critical issues involving strategies for securing environmental justice in vulnerable communities around the nation. To view the program, click here.

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