Mock Supreme Court
to hear climate arguments

EENR sponsors session on likely liability issues Jan. 19 at UHLC

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GlobeJan. 12, 2012 -- The Environment, Energy & Natural Resource Center at the University of Houston Law Center is hosting a mock U.S. Supreme Court argument on climate change tort liability on Jan. 19 in Krost Hall on campus.

“The initial battles over climate change tort liability are already taking place in the federal courts, and these verdicts could have enormous implications for both our economy and our future environment,” said Professor Tracy Hester, director of the EENR Center. “This mock oral argument will help highlight how the U.S. Supreme Court might answer some of the fundamental legal questions that will govern these lawsuits.”

The bench includes Baylor University President Ken Starr, retired Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Phillips, and John Cruden, president of the Environmental Law Institute. Richard Faulk, chairman of Gardere Wynne Sewell’s Litigation Section, and David Axelrad, a partner at Horvitz & Levy, will present arguments. An extended analysis and discussion with student input will follow the mock session.

The Honorable Judge Starr is a former federal appellate judge, U.S. Solicitor General and federal independent counsel heading investigations during the Clinton Administration. He was appointed dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2004 and named president of Baylor in 2010. The Honorable Justice Phillips served on the state high court from 1988–2004 and is now a partner in the Austin office of Baker Botts LL.P. Cruden is a former acting assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment & Natural Resources Division. He currently heads the Environmental Law Institute, an independent research and education center in Washington, D.C.

The free event is open to the public and has been approved for 2 hour of CLE by the State Bar of Texas. Please RSVP to

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