19th Gallivan Conference: Climate Resilience - Envisioning A New Way Forward

19th Gallivan Conference: Climate Resilience - Envisioning A New Way Forward
Friday, April 11, 2014 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

This conference brings together academic and municipal thought leaders to chart the obstacles in the way of climate resilience and begin to structure the solutions.The morning will focus on the legal and infrastructure challenges to climate resilience, particularly those concerning coastal communities and energy transmission. The afternoon will be devoted to presenting and developing the priorities for Connecticut’s newest solution, the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation.

8:00 am - 8:30 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am - 8:45 am
Welcoming Remarks
8:45 am - 10:15 am
Panel 1: Climate Resilience - Infrastructure, Power and Response

Climate change creates new emergency planning challenges, particularly with respect to energy infrastructure. This panel focuses on those challenges and emerging responses to them, such as Connecticut’s energy microgrids demonstration project.


  • Sara C. Bronin, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, UConn Center for Energy and Environmental Law
  • Peter Clarke, Senior Vice President of Emergency Preparedness, Northeast Utilities
  • Macky McCleary, Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Quality, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • Prabhakar Singh, Professor and Director, UConn Center for Clean Energy Engineering
  • T. Michael Twomey '90, Vice President of External Affairs - Wholesale Energy, Entergy Corporation

Moderator: Richard Miller, Director, Office of Environmental Policy, UConn

10:15 am - 10:30 am
10:30 am - 11:15 am
Morning Keynote Speaker - Takings at the Water's Edge

Richard J. Lazarus
Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Regulatory takings law shapes the backdrop for all climate resiliency planning. Many of the key Supreme Court cases, and all of the most recent, involve land connected to water, whether coastal, riparian, or wetlands. Professor Lazarus will comment on what causes this disproportionate importance of water’s edge issues in constitutional takings law and what it means for climate adaptation and resilience.

11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Panel 2: Climate Resilience and Property Law at the Water's Edge

This panel will focus more specifically on particular issues regarding climate at the water’s edge: responses to coastal erosion in New Jersey before and after Hurricane Sandy; the impact of the 2013 Koontz decision on responses to sea level rise; and the disparate impact on low income communities of catastrophic climate events like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.


  • J. Peter Byrne, Associate Dean, Georgetown Law School and Faculty Director, Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Institute
  • Laurie Schoeman, Lead, Sandy Recovery and Resilience, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Neil Yoskin, Chair, Environmental Practice Section, Sokol, Behot, Fiorenzo

Moderator: Sorell E. Negro, Associate, Robinson & Cole LLP

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Keynote Address

Introduction by Dean Timothy Fisher

Betsy Nicholson, Northeast Lead, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Special Address

Rob Klee, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Afternoon Presentation and Workshop: Setting Priorities for the New Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation

Attendees will be asked to assist in the setting of priorities for the new Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation, a collaboration between UConn, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Read a recent UConn Today story about this new initiative.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Reception for Conference Attendees

Please continue the conversation at our post-conference networking reception with our panelists and speakers.


Reading Room

Reading Room
William F. Starr Hall
45 Elizabeth St.
Hartford, CT 06105-2290
If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact the Law School at 860-570-5130 or via email at access@law.uconn.edu at least two weeks in advance.