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Dickinson Law Review Symposium to Explore the Practical Side of ESG

Dickinson Law Review will present “Exploring ESG: Navigating Responsible Business Practices,” from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2024 in the Apfelbaum Family Courtroom and Auditorium, Lewis Katz Hall, Dickinson Law. Registration is free and is now open online.

This annual symposium will focus on all aspects of the ESG movement, with an emphasis on the application of ESG principles to real-world practice. Faculty, students, staff, and members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend the symposium.

Each year, the symposium brings together stakeholders in the legal community — including practitioners, academics, jurists, and law students — for scholarly dialogue about forthcoming or recently published articles. Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Bernadette M. Rappold will present on the state of ESG.


8:00 to 8:30 a.m. - Registration and Breakfast

8:30 to 8:35 a.m. - Opening Remarks

  • Sophia Adams, Editor-in-Chief, Dickinson Law Review

8:35 to 8:45 a.m. - Welcome and Introduction of Tom Quaadman

  • Danielle M. Conway, Dean and Donald J. Farage Professor of Law

8:45 to 9:20 a.m. - ESG: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow - Keynote Speech and Q&A

  • Tom Quaadman, Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, the Chamber Technology Engagement Center, and the Global Innovation Policy Center

9:20 to 9:25 a.m. - Break

9:25 to 10:30 a.m. - Keeping Your Eye on the Sustainable ESG Development Ball - Article Presentation

  • Richard Sobelsohn, Professor of Practice at Brooklyn Law School and Senior Vice President of Legal at Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation

10:30 to 10:40 p.m. - Break

10:40 to 11:45 a.m. - A Fireside Chat with the Green Impact Exchange

  • Dan Labovitz, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Green Impact Exchange
  • Alex Kontoleon, Chief Strategy Officer, Green Impact Exchange
  • Moderated by John Martini, Executive Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch

1:00 to 2:05 p.m. - The State of ESG - Discussion

  • Liz Wideman, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Assistant Corporate Secretary at Comcast Corporation
  • Bern Rappold, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP

2:05 to 2:10 p.m. - Break

2:10 to 3:15 p.m. - Materiality in the Long Now

Article Presentation

  • Dan Labovitz, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Green Impact Exchange
  • Alex Kontoleon, Chief Strategy Officer, Green Impact Exchange

3:15 to 3:25 p.m. - Break

3:25 to 4:25 p.m. - A Feminist Argument for Corporate Social Responsibility

Essay Presentation

  • Geeta Tewari, Assistant Professor of Law, Widener University Delaware Law School

4:25 to 4:30 p.m. - Closing Remarks

  • Nikolajs Gaikis, Executive Symposium Editor, Dickinson Law Review

This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5.0 hours of substantive law, practice, and procedure credit. Attorneys seeking credit in states other than Pennsylvania will be provided with a uniform certificate of attendance to self-report to their bars.