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Program Overview

Leaders in environment and energy in the United States, including NRDC, EPA, Industry, and States, will opine as to the progress President-elect Trump has made towards his promises for the first 100 days, and will provide analysis of anticipated ramifications for the next four years. President-elect Trump included the following promises specifically related to the U.S. environment and energy policy for his first 100 days: lift restrictions on shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal production; lift roadblocks for Keystone Pipeline and DAPL; cancel payments to UN climate change program; cancel previous executive actions.

Who Should Attend

  • In-house counsel for all industries
  • Defense lawyers representing all industries

What You Will Learn

  • What to expect during the Trump administration with respect to environmental enforcement
  • Potential impact to various industries in the U.S.
  • Long term impacts to industries and the environment in the U.S.
  • Potential litigation that may arise as a result of Trump’s policies or changes in the environmental law landscape


Sharon BuccinoSharon Buccino in her work for NRDC’s Land & Wildlife program, has spearheaded litigation that challenged oil and gas drilling in Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah, and led the fight to stop new coal mining outside of Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park. Her more recent work focuses on energy policy and government transparency.

Avi S. GarbowAvi S. Garbow is a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher focusing on environmental investigations, enforcement defense and environmental policy, including global climate change policies and regulations, and policies relating to the development and use of emerging environmental technologies. He recently joined the firm after serving as General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2013 to 2017. From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Garbow served in the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. He also served over 10 years as a federal prosecutor in the Justice Department’s Environmental Crimes Section, a Special Assistant United States Attorney, and a Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator for Enforcement at USEPA. Mr. Garbow also has served as an instructor at the DOJ’s National Advocacy Center. He is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars.

Michael WaraMichael Wara is an expert on energy and environmental law. His research focuses on climate policy. Professor Wara was formerly a geochemist and climate scientist and has published work on the history of the El Niño/La Niña system and its response to changing climates. Professor Wara is a research fellow at the Program in Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford and a Center Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment.

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