Climate Risk Disclosures (LAW 808F)

Working with the Governor’s office of the State of California and the US Securities and Exchange Commission, this policy lab will help design climate-related disclosure and reporting processes at the state and federal level. On the state level, students will assist the recently launched California Climate-related Risk Disclosure Advisory Group. Co-chaired by Kate Gordon and Alicia Seiger, the Advisory Group is charged with developing disclosure recommendations to Governor Gavin Newsom for the state’s procurement and underwriting/loan issuance activities in collaboration with a Steering Committee of State Agencies. Working in parallel, another workstream will be to support the Senior Policy Advisor for Climate and ESG at the US SEC in determining best practices for climate-related financial disclosures at the Federal level. Students will (1) research best-in class disclosure and reporting processes, data sources and scenarios; (2) draft positioning papers on key questions; and (3) present their work to clients.

The lab seeks students from the law and business schools and graduate students with a background in climate regulatory frameworks.

Course Catalog

Faculty

Thomas Heller 1

Thomas C. Heller

  • Lewis Talbot and Nadine Hearn Shelton Professor of International Legal Studies, Emeritus
  • Faculty Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance
Alicia Seiger 1

Alicia Seiger

  • Managing Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance
  • Lecturer in Law
  • Managing Director, Precourt Sustainable Finance Initiative