The Biden Administration: Environment (RECORDED)

The Biden Administration: Environment (RECORDED)
REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Speakers: Denise Antolini, William S. Richardson School of Law and Lisa Bail, Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP

The Biden Administration: Environment  

This program is a recording of the Live Webcast Seminar held on April 29, 2021. 

If you attended the live webcast; You cannot claim CLE for watching this recorded program.  


The Biden Administration's focus on prioritizing a healthful environment, clean energy, and sustainability of our natural resources sharply contrasts with the past four years of the Trump Administration's efforts to deregulate the industry, defund agencies, and debunk science.

This Seminar will cover the rebuilding of the federal regulatory landscape already underway with respect to the programs overseen by the Department of Interior, Department of Commerce, Environmental Protection Agency, and Council on Environmental Quality, as well as across-agency initiatives on climate policy and environmental justice. At the international level as well, the U.S. is actively reengaging in the upcoming "Biodiversity and Climate Decade." From executive appointments to executive orders, the Biden Administration is seeking to restaff and reshape the agencies that have environmental and natural resources responsibilities to equip them to face the major challenges of our time. All of these changes have important implications for Hawai'i.

Join us for an overview of the transformation of the federal environmental law and policy landscape.


Denise Antolini, 
William S. Richardson School of Law
Denise Antolini is a Professor of Law and served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from August 2011 to December 2019.  She is on sabbatical the Spring 2020 Semester.  She joined the Law School faculty in 1996 and directed the nationally recognized Environmental Law Program for several years.  Since 2006, she has spearheaded the Law School Building Excellence Project that led to completion of the construction project for the $9.3 million Clinical Building in 2019.

She served as a State Water Commissioner and on the Nominating Committee, the inaugural Chair of the Honolulu City Council’s Clean Water and Natural Lands Commission, Chair of the State Environmental Council, and Chair of the Hawai`i State Bar Association's Natural Resources Section.  Her courses have included torts, environmental law, environmental litigation, domestic ocean and coastal law, IUCN motions seminars, and legal writing.

She received the 2006 University of Hawaii Board of Regents' Excellence in Teaching Medal.  She served as Chair of the American Association of Law School’s Environmental Law Section and, from 2005 until 2008, was on the ABA’s Standing Committee on Environmental Law.  Dean Antolini was selected by Hawaii Women Lawyers as the 2002 recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award.  In 2003-2004, she served as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Environmental Studies at the Politecnico in Torino, Italy.

In 2016, she was appointed as Deputy Chair of the World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  She was elected to the inaugural Executive Committee of the IUCN U.S. National Committee in 2017 and co-coordinates the Hawaii Hui of IUCN members.  She was appointed as the Elections Officer for the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille, France (June 2020).

Dean Antolini graduated from Harbor High School in Santa Cruz, California in 1978; Princeton University in 1982; obtained a Masters in Public Policy at UC Berkeley (1985) and concurrently a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley in 1986, where she was editor-in-chief of Ecology Law Quarterly. After a two-year federal district court clerkship in Washington, D.C., she spent eight years practicing public interest law with the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (now Earthjustice) in Seattle and Honolulu, serving as Managing Attorney of the Honolulu office from 1994 until 1996.  Dean Antolini litigated several major citizen suit environmental cases involving coastal pollution, water rights, endangered species, environmental impact statements, and Native Hawaiian rights.

Dean Antolini lives on Oahu's rural North Shore in the ahupuaa of Pupukea.  She is a founding and current member of the North Shore Community Land Trust (advisory board), Save Waimea Valley Coalition, Malama Pupukea-Waimea (President, 2005-present), and the Save Sharks Cove Alliance.

Lisa Bail, 
Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP

Lisa Bail is a partner in the law firm of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP where she concentrates her practice in environmental law, land use and commercial litigation.

Ms. Bail received her J.D., cum laude, and B.A., magna cum laude, degrees from Boston University. 

She is a frequent speaker at environmental law seminars and is a contributing writer of the Hawaii Environmental Law Handbook and several other publications in the field of environmental law.

Ms. Bail is the former chair of the Natural Resources and Litigation Sections of the Hawaii State Bar Association, a former appointed lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, and currently serves as the Hawaii State Delegate to the American Bar Association.  

Credit: This seminar qualifies for 1.0 CLE Credit. 

Cost: $55.00

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