Initiative for Energy and the Environment

In July 2013, the LEC launched an Initiative for Energy and the Environment to address the void in the current energy policy debate regarding the ongoing legal and regulatory pressures faced by the energy industry. 

To tackle these concerns, the Initiative offered a variety of activities, taking full advantage of the LEC's established programs for judges, AGs, congressional staff, professors, and the public policy community at large. The LEC will continue to address these concerns in 2014-2015 with similar activities and events to those offered in 2013-2014. 

To lead this new Initiative, the LEC recruited Richard O. Faulk , a prominent trial, appellate and environmental lawyer from Houston, Texas.  Mr. Faulk formerly served as Chair of the Litigation Department, Environmental Practice Leader, and head of the Climate Change Task Force for Texas-based Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP.  Richard is now a resident of Arlington, Virginia and a partner at Hollingsworth LLP in Washington, DC. 

The Initiative’s first event took place at the National Press Club on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, and featured a panel discussion:Supreme Court Preview: Energy and Environmental Issues in the 2013-2014 Term. Mr. Faulk appeared on Platts Energy Week prior to the Supreme Court Preview and was recently published on with an Op-Ed discussing the Supreme Court's decision regarding greenhouse gas

The Initiative also organized a panel at the Eighth Annual Judicial Symposium on Civil Justice Issues on Hydraulic Fracturing and Federalism, in November of 2013.  On April 7, the Initiative hosted the LEC Public Policy Conference on Energy and the Environment: Old, Fuels, New Technologies, and Market Dynamics.

For upcoming events related to our Initiative for Energy and the Environment, please see our program schedule.

Further information and videos may be found on the Initiative's Events & Media page