Published: Feb. 3, 2017

If you go
Who: Students, faculty and staff
What: "Protecting the Environment: What Next?"
When: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Wolf Law Building, Wittemyer Courtroom
RSVP: Appreciated but not required

Join University of Colorado Law School on Tuesday, Feb. 7, for a discussion with environmental leaders and law faculty about the challenges and opportunities facing environmental organizations under the Trump administration. 

Opening remarks will be given by professors Charles Wilkinson and Sarah Krakoff at 5:30 p.m., followed by the event speakers noted below. The event will be held in the Wittemyer Courtroom with a reception to follow in Boettcher Hall.

Event speakers

Daniel McCarl, Staff Attorney, Western Energy Project
Dan McCarl is a staff attorney for the non-profit Western Energy Project. Most of his work focuses on the federal onshore oil and gas program and BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land-use planning decisions. He graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 2014.

Scott Miller, Senior Regional Director, The Wilderness Society
Scott Miller is the senior regional director for The Wilderness Society southwest region, which includes Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. He has focused on federal public land, natural resources, water, energy and Indian law and policy during his career, including areas such as wildfire, land exchanges, biomass energy, forest restoration and wilderness protection. 

Suzanne O'Neill, Executive Director, Colorado Wildlife Federation
Suzanne O'Neill serves as the executive director of the Colorado Wildlife Federation (CWF), the state’s oldest wildlife conservation organization. CWF promotes sound wildlife-management policy through advocacy and education and is an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation. O'Neill manages the advocacy work of CWF. She regularly has given testimony before legislative committees and regulatory agencies and has served on governors’ advisory councils, addressing a mix of complex wildlife policy issues. O'Neill is a former practicing lawyer and a consultant to professional service firms. Her law degree is from University of Texas School of Law, and she holds a master's degree in environmental policy and management from University of Denver, as well as a master's in taxation from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

Peter Zalzal, Lead Attorney, Environmental Defense Fund
As a member of the Environmental Defense Fund's (EDF) domestic climate and air legal team, Peter Zalzal works to secure clean air and support climate-change mitigation through policy initiatives and strategic litigation, focusing on the power sector, transportation sector and sources of short-lived climate forcers. Zalzal works with businesses, public health groups, states, environmental groups and other allies to advocate and defend efficient policies to curb emissions that are destabilizing the climate and harming human health. He received his law degree from Boston University and undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Ted Zukoski, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice
Ted Zukoski was a junior staff member for a U.S. senator before attending Yale Law School, from which he graduated in 1992. He has spent his legal career at environmental law firms representing conservation groups pro bono, first in Washington D.C. and then in Colorado, since 1995. Zukoski has worked as a staff attorney at Earthjustice in Denver since 2003. He currently litigates cases involving public lands, wildlife and climate change.

The event is open to CU Boulder graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and staff only. Registration is appreciated but not required for this event. For more information and to register, visit the Colorado Law website.