Media Advisory: UC Irvine School of Law Students to Host Climate Justice Conference on April 1


WHAT: "A3 [Assemble. Advocate. Act]: A Conference on Climate Justice," examines the social injustices faced by vulnerable populations who are disproportionately affected by climate change. The event strategizes on ways to address climate justice through law, policy, and coalition building.

WHO: Conference highlights include: "A Constitutional Right to the Environment? A Comparative Lens on South Africa, India, and the USA," featuring Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Joseph DiMento, Deepa Badrinarayana and Eric Christiansen; "Innovation for Vulnerable Communities," an exploration of the international and domestic vulnerable communities disproportionately affected by climate change, featuring Richard Matthew, Maxine Burkett, Elizabeth Burleson, and Ethan Elkind; and "Climate Change Litigation: One Pathway to Past & Future Relief for Climate Change Victims," a strategy session on what legal theories, venue, and defendants to use/sue in litigation going forward, featuring Cara Horowitz, Ann Carlson, Hari Osofsky, Neil Popovic, and Mary Wood.
The conference was conceived and organized by the Environmental Law Society, a student organization at UC Irvine School of Law.

WHEN: Friday, April 1, 2011, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: UC Irvine School of Law, 401 East Peltason Drive, Irvine, Calif., 92697. Directions

MCLE credit will be offered by UCI School of Law, an approved State Bar of California MCLE provider.

MEDIA CONTACT: Rex Bossert, assistant dean for communications and public affairs,, (949) 824-3063.


Opened in August 2009, UC Irvine School of Law seeks to create the ideal law school for the 21st century by doing the best job of training lawyers for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. Recruited from prestigious schools, the faculty ranked ninth in the country in scholarly impact in a recent study. The first two classes of students have median grades and LSAT scores comparable to those of classes at top 20 law schools. The school’s innovative curriculum stresses hands-on learning, interdisciplinary study and public service.