With this teleconference, hosted by Ballard Spahr in its Philadelphia office, members of the ABA delegation to the Rio+20 will provide their initial observations and insights on the conference and the issues presented.

Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit, at which countries adopted Agenda 21—a blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity, and ensure environmental protection—the world reconvened in Rio de Janeiro on June 20-22, 2012, for Rio+20. The official discussions focused on two main themes: how to build a green economy to achieve sustainable development and lift people out of poverty, and how to improve international coordination for sustainable development.

This teleconference will be the first of a two-part series, in which the ABA delegation will discuss its initial observations, as reported in members’ blogs, as well as the substance of the delegates’ initial report to the ABA regarding the event. In part two, they will present an in-depth look at the results and prospects for future action.

Educational Objectives

  • Introduce the scope of UN, individual country, city, and industry sustainability efforts
  • Provide an update on progress achieved through Rio+20
  • Provide insight on future implications for enforceable law and policy as part of a meaningful governance system


Lee A. DeHihns III
Alston & Bird LLP, Atlanta 


John C. Dernbach, Distinguished Professor of Law and Co- Director, Environmental Law Center
Widener University, Harrisburg, Pa.

Scott Fulton (Invited), General Counsel
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.

Sheila Slocum Hollis
Duane Morris LLP, Washington, D.C.

Roger R. Martella, Jr.
Sidley Austin LLP, Washington, D.C.

LeRoy C. Paddock, Associate Dean for Environmental Studies and Professorial Lecturer in Law
George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.

Ann Powers, Professor, Center for Environmental Legal Studies
Pace Law School, White Plains, N.Y.

Continuing Legal Education

 There is no CLE credit for this program.

For more information, contact Greg Roberts at 202.661.2206 or robertsg@ballardspahr.com.