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WCEL Webinar Series

Continuing Professional Development for BC’s Environmental Lawyers and Public Education Webinars

Since 2011 West Coast Environmental Law has been offering a series of webinars designed for lawyers who practice in public interest environmental law.  This is one of our initiatives to help support BC’s public interest environmental lawyers. The webinars meet the Law Society’s requirements for Continuing Professional Development training. 

The revenue generated from the webinars covers our costs and helps us pay for our work to strengthen BC’s public interest environmental law community.  We charge $20 + PST & GST/webinar (a cost-recovery rate) for students, lawyers with public interest organizations, or lawyers who do work funded through our Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund, and $100 + PST & GST/webinar for other lawyers. 

We also periodically will offer free educational webinars on matters of public interest.

See below for information on upcoming webinars.  For information on past webinars offered by West Coast Environmental Law click here.

Upcoming webinars

Who caused climate change?

Friday, April 11, 2014, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm PDT
Click here to register

Is it possible that the courts could one day find that large-scale greenhouse gas emitters have “caused” rising sea-levels, extreme weather events and other climate-related damages?  The problem of causation is one of the most challenging for lawyers interested in lawsuits for climate-related damages.  Join a climate scientist and three lawyers as they try to untangle the difficult question of who caused climate change?

Peter Frumhoff is a global change ecologist and the Chief Scientist of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Climate Campaign.  A lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) 2007 Fourth Assessment Report, he has published and lectured on climate change impacts, and climate science and policy.

Melissa Power is an Associate Professor of Law, Lewis and Clark Law School, in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches climate change law,  and a director of the Green Energy Institute.  Professor Powers is co-author of a casebook, Climate Change and the Law, and several articles focused on climate change and energy law.

Lynda Collins is a Professor at the University of Ottawa Law School and one of Canada’s leading experts on toxic tort litigation.  Earlier in her career, Professor Collins practiced with Ecojustice in Toronto and with a private firm in San Francisco (conducting toxic tort litigation).

Andrew Gage is a staff lawyer with West Coast Environmental Law and the head its climate change program.  He is the author of papers on the obligations of professional associations in addressing climate change, role of public rights in environmental law, and climate change causation.

This webinar qualifies for 2 hours CPD credit with the Law Society of British Columbia. Cost: Cdn$20 + PST & GST for lawyers/professionals with public interest organizations, EDRF lawyers, students or members of the general public, and Cdn$100 + PST & GST for all other lawyers/professionals.

Registration will involve 2 steps.  First, follow the above links to be taken to our Webinar page to provide basic registration information. You will then be redirected to a payment page so that you can pay for the Webinar online.