Fall Symposium

The Albany Law Review annually reserves one issue for the publication of articles and lectures on a specific topic of contemporary importance to the legal community.  Generally, held in the fall or late winter, the annual symposium features presentations by some of our nation’s leading legal scholars and policy leaders. 

This year's symposium:

Fractured Communities

Hydraulic Fracturing and the Law in New York State

September 24, 2013

Organized by the Albany Law Review

Co-sponsored by the Government Law Center

Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom

11:00 a.m.

Welcome by Michael White '14, Executive Editor for Symposium

Opening remarks and introductions by President & Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews

Panel discussion: Four hydraulic fracturing experts will discuss climate impacts, land use and real estate issues, and economic impacts associated with natural gas drilling.

Speakers include:

Elizabeth Burleson, Pace Law Professor and Fulbright Senior Specialist on Climate Change

Sorell E. Negro, Associate, Robinson & Cole

Karen Moreau '85, Executive Director, New York State Petroleum Council

Elisabeth Radow, Chair, Committee on Energy, Agriculture and the Environment of the League of Women Voters of New York

Moderator: Tom Wilber, author, Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale

1:30 p.m.

Debate: The legal and policy implications of Norse Energy Corp., USA v. Town of Dryden, the Third Department's decision upholding municipal bans on natural gas drilling, and the future of natural gas extraction in New York.


Thomas West '77, Managing Partner, The West Firm, and Counsel, Norse Energy Corporation USA

Deborah Goldberg, Managing Attorney, Earthjustice, and Counsel, Town of Dryden

Moderator: Susan Arbetter, Host, The Capitol Pressroom

3:00 p.m.

Reception and book signing with author Tom Wilber

For information on obtaining CLE credits, please contact Albany Law School's Government Law Center, (518) 445-3287.

Articles written in conjunction with this year's symposium will be forthcoming.

For more information, please contact the Executive Editor for Symposium.

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