College of Law

Great Lakes Water Conference

"Climate Change and the Great Lakes" - A virtual conference

Climate change is a global phenomenon, but its impacts are often local. On Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, the 21st Annual Great Lakes Water Conference focused on the impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes as well as recent developments in climate change law and policy. This year's conference was conducted virtually online as a live webinar.

Titled "Climate Change and the Great Lakes," the half-day conference featured six expert speakers. A climatologist discussed the impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes region and especially its water resources. Other speakers addressed various aspects of climate change law and policy in the United States, at the federal and state levels, and in Canada.

The conference was sponsored by The University of Toledo College of Law and its affiliated Legal Institute of the Great Lakes.

Registration for the conference was free for the public and $50 for attorneys seeking 3.0 hours of Ohio CLE. The conference was approved by the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 3.0 hours of general CLE credit as a live interactive webinar.

CLE Materials


  • 9 a.m. - Welcome/Opening
  • 9:10 a.m. - First Half Speakers
    • Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakes: Kim Channell, climatologist, University of Michigan, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences & Assessments (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
    • Clean Air Act Climate Change DevelopmentsProf. Kenneth Kilbert, University of Toledo College of Law (Toledo, Ohio)
    • Other Federal Government Climate Change Law & Policy Developments: Prof. Cinnamon Carlarne, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (Columbus, Ohio)
  • 10:40 a.m. - Halftime Break
  • 10:50 a.m. - Second Half Speakers
    • State of Michigan's Efforts to Address Climate Change: James Clift, deputy director, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (Lansing, Mich.)
    • Common and State Law Litigation Against Major Greenhouse Gas Emitters: Prof. Katrina Kuh, Pace University Haub School of Law (White Plains, N.Y.)
    • Canada's Federal Carbon Pricing Law and Litigation: Prof. Martin Olszynski, University of Calgary Faculty of Law (Calgary, Alberta)
  • 12:20 p.m. - Closing

Previous Conferences

Historically, water law has been the province of lawyers and policymakers in the arid western United States. In recent years, however, lawmakers in the Great Lakes region have come to recognize the critical role that water management plays in securing a healthy and vibrant society over the long term. In recognition of this development, the College of Law and the Legal Institute of the Great Lakes sponsor annual conferences each fall on water issues of importance to the Great Lakes region and the nation. For more information, explore the conference brochure links below.

Last Updated: 3/3/22