Published: April 9, 2024

Co-hosted by the Colorado Bar Association, Getches-Wilkinson Center and Colorado Law Environmental Law Society.

Thursday, April 18

CLE Panel: 5 – 6:30 PM

Social Hour: 6:30 - 7:30 PM

In-Person Only: University of Colorado, Wolf Law Building (2450 Kittredge Loop Dr)


Deep decarbonization across the globe is necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. States can play an important role in developing and executing effective, tailored decarbonization plans such as Colorado’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Roadmap. A panel of practitioners and experts will discuss how Colorado is combatting climate change, what is on the horizon for decarbonizing key sources of greenhouse gas pollution, and legal pathways for pursuing these objectives.

Claybourne F. Clarke

Clay currently serves as the Climate Change Program Director within the Air Division of the Colorado Dept of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Before joining CDPHE he spent over twenty years practicing environmental law, including serving as a Sr. Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado representing CDPHE’s Air Division. His work as counsel for the Air Division included representing the state in Colorado’s adoption of first-in-the-nation “methane rules” rules for oil and gas, and in the adoption of Colorado’s Low and Zero Emission Vehicle standards. Prior to his work in Colorado, Clay worked as an attorney in Washington D.C. and internationally on climate issues. He served as an invited speaker at the 2006 United Nations Climate Change Conference. He is an author of a chapter in the book, “Legal Aspects of Carbon Trading” published by Oxford University Press.

Chris Winter

Chris Winter is currently the Executive Director of the Getches-Wilkinson Center. He is an attorney and advocate with 25 years of experience in the field of natural resources and environmental law. Over the course of his career, he has developed an expertise in public land management, environmental justice, climate change, and fossil fuel infrastructure projects, and he has extensive experience working with and representing Indigenous communities. In 2001, he co-founded a non-profit law center based in Portland, Oregon that represented public interest clients in federal and state courts across the Pacific Northwest. Over the next 17 years, he developed a reputation for winning difficult cases on behalf of grassroots organizations facing daunting odds and formidable opposition He also served as Executive Director of Access Fund, a national advocacy organization working at the intersection of outdoor recreation and public land management, spearheading its work to restore Bears Ears National Monument, promote human powered outdoor recreation, and conserve public lands. He has previously taught as an adjunct professor of law at Lewis and Clark Law School, and he is a frequent public speaker on environmental and natural resources issues.

Will Toor

Will Toor is the Executive Director of the Colorado Energy Office (CEO). CEO is a state agency with the mission of reducing greenhouse gas (“GHG”) pollution and consumer energy costs by advancing clean energy, energy efficiency, and zero-emission vehicles to benefit all Coloradans. Inherent in this mission is the necessity to drive changes in energy production and use, the built environment, land use and transportation systems in a way that not only reduces negative impacts from these systems but also counteracts racist and discriminatory policy by providing benefits to disproportionately-impacted communities, people of color and underserved populations. CEO carries out its mandates, in part, by intervening in Public Utilities Commission of Colorado proceedings where it can bring a unique perspective representing the interests of the Governor’s Office and the state of Colorado. This includes advocating for policies that support statewide GHG emissions reductions, Governor Polis’s priorities of setting Colorado on a path to 100 percent renewable energy for the grid by 2040, and positioning Colorado as a leader in the clean energy economy.

Applied for 2 General CLE Credits

Environmental Section Members: Free
NREL Section Members: Free
Students: Free
CBA Members: $10
Non CBA Members: $15