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, Penn State Dickinson Law. Registration is free and is now open online.

This annual symposium, sponsored by the Brian J. Clark Energy and Environmental Law Program Support Fund, 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.



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
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.
1:00 to 2:05 p.m.
The State of ESG
  • 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.
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.<

Founded in 1897 as The Forum, the Dickinson Law Review is one of the oldest legal journals in the nation and is the flagship publication of Dickinson Law. It is a student-run journal that serves the legal community by presenting analysis and commentary on relevant topics. Issues contain articles, essays and book reviews by leading professors, judges and practitioners from around the country and the world.

Dickinson Law Review also publishes student-authored comments that provide timely and original analyses of recent developments in the law. In addition, the editorial board organizes symposia and hosts scholarly dialogues with authors to discuss forthcoming or recently published articles.