Ethan ShenkmanDeputy General Counsel
Environmental Protection Agency
Ethan G. Shenkman serves as Deputy General Counsel of the US Environmental Protection Agency. As one of the agency’s chief legal officers, he oversees legal and regulatory work relating to air quality and climate change. He also helps lead EPA’s international legal activities, ranging from international environmental agreements to international trade and investment regimes, as well as EPA’s Indian law work with respect to Native American Indian Tribes. He previously served as an appointee (Deputy Assistant Attorney General) in the US Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division. In that capacity, he supervised a wide range of legal cases and received a number of awards and recognitions, including the Attorney General’s John Marshall Award. He was previously a litigation partner in a Washington, DC law firm, where he focused on international litigation and arbitration. He received his BA from Yale University, and his JD from the University of Virginia, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Following law school, he clerked for the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and then served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General at DOJ.
Climate change is an issue that affects us all, and challenges and opportunities loom on the horizon for industries across the private sector. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy General Counsel Ethan Shenkman will discuss addressing climate change as an imperative at EPA and beyond. Mr. Shenkman will explain why this topic is a top EPA priority, outline the Agency’s key actions to mitigate climate change including the Clean Power Plan, and discuss climate adaptation considerations relevant to both government and private sector decision-making. Through a guided conversation, focused on the critical role of lawyers and legal offices, participants will discuss:
- How is your legal office involved with strategic efforts at your company to adapt to global trends and changes on the horizon?
- How can legal offices in agencies like EPA engage productively with in-house legal officers in the private sector?
- How can chief legal officers counsel their companies in preparing for the impacts of climate change on global enterprises and turning challenges into opportunities?