Environmental Health and the Law

Friday, March 27th, 2020
8:30 AM - 4:15 PM

Add to Calendar: Add to Calendar: 2020-03-27 08:30:00 2020-03-27 16:15:00 Environmental Health and the Law Event Description     Over the past fifty years, environmental laws have produced dramatic reductions in pollution of the air, water, and soil. Nonetheless, the accumulation of potentially toxic substances in the lived environment continues to pose a threat to human health, particularly in disadvantaged communities. To what extent do existing environmental laws and policies adequately address persistent environmental threats to human health? Are current regulatory structures and institutions well-suited to safeguard human health from environmental threats? Or are new approaches necessary to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to live in safe and healthy communities? This one-day interdisciplinary conference on “Environmental Health and the Law” will examine these and related questions. CLE Reading Materials  Agenda 9:45 am - 10 am Welcome & Introduction   Jonathan H. Adler, Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Law & Director, Coleman P. Burke Center for Environmental Law Sharona Hoffman, Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Law & Co-Director, Law-Medicine Center 10 am - 11 am   Setting Health Protective Standards   “State Implementation of Federal Environmental Laws”  Doug Farquhar, J.D., National Conference of State Legislatures Program Director for Environmental Health, Professor at University of Denver, Environmental Policy and Management “Make Risk Assessment Great Again”  Adam Finkel, Sc. D., CIH, Clinical Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor “How EPA is Mutating the Consensus Processes of Science into the Confrontational Processes of Law”  Bernard Goldstein, M.D., Professor Emeritus, Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh Moderator: Professor Wendy E. Wagner, University of Texas at Austin School of Law   11 am - noon The Air We Breathe   “Ambient Air Quality and Protection of Human Health: The Intersection of Science and Policy” Michelle Bell, Ph.D., M.S.E., Mary E. Pinchot Professor of Environmental Health, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University “Take a Deep Breath: Healthy Housing Law and Policy to Reduce Youth Asthma” Kathleen Hoke, J.D., Professor, Director of the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy, Francis King Carey School of Law, University of Maryland “The Clean Air Act:  50 Years of Public Health Protection”  Janet McCabe, Director of the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute, Professor of Practice at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Moderator: Professor Jonathan H. Adler, Case Western Reserve University 12:15 pm - 1 pm Break 1 pm – 2 pm Housing Equity, Health and Justice   “A Historical and Civil Rights Analysis of the Deliberate Siting of Federally Assisted Housing in Toxic Environments: The Poisoned Generations” Emily Benfer, J.D., L.L.M., Visiting Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Columbia University, Law School “Environmental Justice & Zipcode: How Place-Based Environmental Exposures Impact Health” Elizabeth Ann Glass Geltman, J.D., L.L.M, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at City University of New York, Secretary of the Environment Section of the American Public Health Association Moderator: Professor Sharona Hoffman, Case Western Reserve University 2 pm - 3 pm   Controlling Consumer Exposure   “Regulating Chemical Exposures: Using Legal Epidemiology to Determine Enforceable PFAS Standards” Montrece Ransom, J.D., M.P.H., Speaker, Public Health Law & Policy Expert, Team Lead, Public Health Law Training and Workforce Development at the Center for Disease Control “Environmental Health, Public Health or Both?  The Muddle of Health Claims in the Third-Party Labels of Food” Steph Tai, J.D., Ph.D., Professor of Environmental, Health, and Administrative Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Law School “Are Nanoparticles the New Asbestos?” Katharine Van Tassel, J.D., M.P.H., Visiting Professor, The Law-Medicine Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Law Moderator: Professor Darcy A. Freedman, Case Western Reserve University Moot Courtroom (A59) 11075 East Blvd. Cleveland, Ohio 44106 School of Law School of Law America/New_York public

Co-sponsored by the Coleman P. Burke Center for Environmental Law, The Law-Medicine Center and the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health

$100 for alumni CLE credit; $200 for non-alumni CLE credit

Free general admission (No CLE)

6 hours (estimate) hours of in-person CLE credit has been approved

Event Description

 

 

Over the past fifty years, environmental laws have produced dramatic reductions in pollution of the air, water, and soil. Nonetheless, the accumulation of potentially toxic substances in the lived environment continues to pose a threat to human health, particularly in disadvantaged communities. To what extent do existing environmental laws and policies adequately address persistent environmental threats to human health? Are current regulatory structures and institutions well-suited to safeguard human health from environmental threats? Or are new approaches necessary to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to live in safe and healthy communities? This one-day interdisciplinary conference on “Environmental Health and the Law” will examine these and related questions.

CLE Reading Materials 

Agenda

9:45 am - 10 am Welcome & Introduction
 

Jonathan H. Adler, Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Law & Director, Coleman P. Burke Center for Environmental Law

Sharona Hoffman, Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Law & Co-Director, Law-Medicine Center

10 am - 11 am   Setting Health Protective Standards
 

“State Implementation of Federal Environmental Laws” 

Doug Farquhar, J.D., National Conference of State Legislatures Program Director for Environmental Health, Professor at University of Denver, Environmental Policy and Management

“Make Risk Assessment Great Again” 

Adam Finkel, Sc. D., CIH, Clinical Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

“How EPA is Mutating the Consensus Processes of Science into the Confrontational Processes of Law” 

Bernard Goldstein, M.D., Professor Emeritus, Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

Moderator: Professor Wendy E. Wagner, University of Texas at Austin School of Law  

11 am - noon The Air We Breathe
 

“Ambient Air Quality and Protection of Human Health: The Intersection of Science and Policy”

Michelle Bell, Ph.D., M.S.E., Mary E. Pinchot Professor of Environmental Health, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University

“Take a Deep Breath: Healthy Housing Law and Policy to Reduce Youth Asthma”

Kathleen Hoke, J.D., Professor, Director of the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy, Francis King Carey School of Law, University of Maryland

“The Clean Air Act:  50 Years of Public Health Protection” 

Janet McCabe, Director of the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute, Professor of Practice at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Moderator: Professor Jonathan H. Adler, Case Western Reserve University

12:15 pm - 1 pm Break
1 pm – 2 pm Housing Equity, Health and Justice
 

“A Historical and Civil Rights Analysis of the Deliberate Siting of Federally Assisted Housing in Toxic Environments: The Poisoned Generations”

Emily Benfer, J.D., L.L.M., Visiting Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Columbia University, Law School

“Environmental Justice & Zipcode: How Place-Based Environmental Exposures Impact Health”

Elizabeth Ann Glass Geltman, J.D., L.L.M, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at City University of New York, Secretary of the Environment Section of the American Public Health Association

Moderator: Professor Sharona Hoffman, Case Western Reserve University

2 pm - 3 pm   Controlling Consumer Exposure
 

“Regulating Chemical Exposures: Using Legal Epidemiology to Determine Enforceable PFAS Standards”

Montrece Ransom, J.D., M.P.H., Speaker, Public Health Law & Policy Expert, Team Lead, Public Health Law Training and Workforce Development at the Center for Disease Control

“Environmental Health, Public Health or Both?  The Muddle of Health Claims in the Third-Party Labels of Food”

Steph Tai, J.D., Ph.D., Professor of Environmental, Health, and Administrative Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Law School

“Are Nanoparticles the New Asbestos?”

Katharine Van Tassel, J.D., M.P.H., Visiting Professor, The Law-Medicine Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Moderator: Professor Darcy A. Freedman, Case Western Reserve University

Event Location

Moot Courtroom (A59)
11075 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

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