Miller Canfield will host its “Second Annual International Climate Law & Policy Symposium” on Wednesday, May 18 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at NextEnergy Center, 461 Burroughs St. in Detroit.

Climate change opinion leaders and global corporate executives will discuss diverse views on cutting edge legal and public policy that is shaping this body of law — and impacting every business and organization.

The Symposium agenda will cover current climate law issues including:

* Corporate Sustainability Self-Governance in the Absence of Coherent Public Policy
* Evolving U.S. Energy Policy in an Era of Political and Economic Uncertainty
* Likely Course of Federal Policy: An Update from Washington

“We plan to create an interactive dialogue amongst opinion leaders in the sustainability and climate areas in order to facilitate a focus on how opportunities and challenges can best be tackled,” said Mark J. Bennett, Symposium chairman, team leader of Miller Canfield’s Climate Change practice and current vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s Carbon Trading and Energy Finance Committee.

Symposium speakers include:

* Jon W. Allen, executive director of environmental policy and intergovernmental affairs, Consumer Energy
* John Bradburn, senior environmental project engineer, General Motors
* Brandon Hofmeister, assistant professor of law, Wayne State University Law School and former energy and climate policy advisor to Governor Granholm
* Trevor F. Lauer, vice president, Retail Marketing, DTE Energy
* Andrew Mangan, executive director, U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development
* Richard J. Plewa, senior vice president & director, Office of Corporate Sustainability, Comerica Bank
* Jim Presswood, federal energy policy director, Natural Resources Defense Council
* Stanley “Skip” Pruss, principal, 5 Lakes Energy and former director of Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth

Attendance is free but limited to business leaders, economic development officials and entrepreneurs engaged in climate change and sustainable ventures or investments.

For more information on registration availability, please contact Sandy Bera at (248) 267-3345,

The symposium is sponsored by Miller Canfield, Wayne State University Law School, NextEnergy, Automation Alley, University of Michigan Business Engagement Center, Ann Arbor Spark and Michigan State University-Business Connect.

Miller Canfield’s Climate Change team, comprised of lawyers throughout Michigan, as well as in Chicago, New York, Toronto, Mexico and Shanghai, advises clients from a global perspective and uses multi-disciplinary expertise to address and resolve new green issues, including research and development on carbon finance, renewable-energy corporate formation and green building and sustainable development. For more information, visit


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