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Villanova Environmental Law Journal Annual Blank Rome LLP Symposium Feb. 11

Experts Examine New Fuel Economy Standards

The U.S. Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House recently announced an historic agreement with auto manufacturers that proposes to dramatically increase fuel efficiency for cars and light trucks, and a separate proposal for the first-ever regulations setting fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks. The new standards will save billions of barrels of oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by millions of tons. The collaborative effort behind these significant breakthroughs stands in marked contrast to the divisiveness and gridlock that currently mires much environmental policy. 

This year’s Villanova Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium brings together key stakeholders and decision makers who were involved in crafting the new standards to discuss the law and politics of fuel efficiency. The speakers will explain the process that produced the groundbreaking new fuel efficiency standards, evaluate the factors contributing to the agreement between government and industry and examine the technical, legal, economic and political implications of the new standards.

To register, visit This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 3 substantive CLE credits. Program registrants who are unable to afford continuing legal course registration fees due to financial hardship may petition for registration fee waiver or discounted program fees. For additional information on the symposium, the general public can email Megan Jacobs at

Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Michael Robinson VSL '84, Vice President for Sustainability and Global Regulatory Affairs, General Motors
Jody Freeman, Archibald Cox Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Roland Hwang, Transportation Program Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
Todd Aagaard (Moderator), Associate Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law

Saturday, February 11, 2012
8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – Registration
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Symposium

Villanova University School of Law, Room 101
299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova, Pennsylvania

The Villanova Environmental Law Journal’s annual symposium is named for Blank Rome LLP in recognition of its generous support of Villanova University School of Law.