Law & Economics Center

Mock Supreme Court Argument on Climate Change

Event Date: Tuesday, April 10 to Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Location: George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA

The Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economics Studies presents a Mock Supreme Court Argument on Climate Change to be held at George Mason University School of Law, Tuesday, April 10th, 2012. The program will run from 4:00 to 5:30pm in the Founders Hall Auditorium.


The LEC and Environmental Law Society are co-hosting a Mock Supreme Court Argument on Climate Change from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Founders Hall Auditorium, George Mason University School of Law, 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201, to examine critical arguments from Native Village of Kivalina v ExxonMobil Corporation (663 F. Supp. 2d. 863).

This mock argument examines the two critical arguments from Native Village of Kivalina v ExxonMobil Corporation, namely, (1) whether plaintiffs in cases such as Kivalina have standing under Article III of the U.S. Constitution to pursue public nuisance claims under federal common law for damages allegedly caused by certain defendants' "contributions" to global warming, and (2) whether such claims present non-justiciable "political questions" reserved to the Executive or Legislative branches of government.

Virginia CLE credit has been applied for.

Advanced Registration Required: Please email Jeff Smith at


Richard Faulk
Partner and Chair, Litigation
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

Richard Faulk is a partner in Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP with offices in Houston, Dallas, Austin and Mexico City. He chairs the Firm's Litigation Department and Environmental Practice Group. Mr. Faulk was one of the first Texas lawyers certified as a specialist in federal and state appellate practice in 1987. His trial and appellate practice includes work in Texas, the Fifth and Ninth Circuits, and before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Faulk received the 2009 and 2003 Burton Awards for Legal Achievement at the Library of Congress in Recognition of Exceptional Legal Writing. In 2011 he was recognized as one of the "Top 100" lawyers in Houston. He is the author of the "Writing Appellate Briefs" chapter in Law Journal Press' book "Appellate Practice in Federal and State Courts."

David Axelrad
Horvitz & Levy LLP

David Axelrad is a partner with the civil appellate law firm of Horvitz & Levy LLP. He is a California State Bar Certified Appellate Specialist and has handled hundreds of civil appeals in state and federal courts in his nearly thirty years of appellate practice. Prior to joining Horvitz & Levy, Mr. Axelrad was an Assistant to the Director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, and a Staff Attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Axelrad has authored articles for legal publications, co-authored appellate practice guides for Matthew Bender and the California Continuing Education of the Bar, and lectures frequently on the appellate process. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


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