Is Fracking a Bridge or Detour to Energy Development? Experts to Address Environmental, Real Estate Challenges at John Marshall Law School Conference

CHICAGO, Sept. 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Proponents of fracking tout the practice as creating reservoirs of natural gas that offer a tool in combating climate change. But should these new supplies of gas negate the development of renewable sources of energy? And what are the issues for real estate practitioners and industry professionals who find their clients affected by these developments?

Those questions and more will be explored Sept. 29, at "Fracking, Energy Sources, Climate Change and Real Estate," the 14th Kratovil Conference on Real Estate Law & Practice. The daylong program is hosted by The John Marshall Law School's Center for Real Estate Law.

The conference keynote luncheon will feature W. James Hughes, a co-founder of SunStone Technologies, LLC, an Oklahoma-based company that focuses on new technologies for drilling operations.
The Sept. 29 program will address several concepts, including:

  • State and local fracking regulations
  • A new mix of energy resources
  • Climate and energy implications for the future of economic development and commercial real estate

The Conference will feature the following speakers:

  • David L. Callies, Benjamin A. Kudo Professor of Law, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, William S. Richardson School of Law
  • Jennifer Cassel, Environmental Law & Policy Center, Chicago
  • David A. Dana, Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Lincoln L. Davies, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • John C. Dernbach, Distinguished Professor of Law and Director, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, Widener University Commonwealth Law School
  • J. Wylie Donald, McCarter & English, Washington, D.C.
  • Joshua Fershee, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development and Professor of Law, West Virginia University College of Law
  • Meleah Geertsma, Natural Resources Defense Council, Midwest Office
  • Celeste M. Hammond, Professor of Law, Director, Center for Real Estate Law, The John Marshall Law School
  • Bruce Kramer, McGinnis Lochridge – Houston, Texas & Retired Maddox Professor, Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Stephen Marshak, Professor of Geology, Director, School of Earth, Society, & Environment, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Eve Moran, Eimer Stahl, Chicago
  • Raghav Murali, Schiff Hardin – Chicago
  • Richard J. Roddewig, Clarion Associates, Inc., Chicago
  • Rachael Salcido, Professor of Law and Director, Environmental Concentration, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

The annual Kratovil Conference on Real Estate Law & Practice is held in honor of the late Robert Kratovil. Remembered as the dean of Chicago's real estate attorneys, Kratovil served as Chicago Title Insurance Company's chief underwriter before joining the John Marshall faculty.
Since its inception in 1994, the Kratovil Conference has been an important function of the Center's mission to support research and scholarship in real estate law. These events have provided academics, practicing attorneys, and real estate industry professionals with the opportunity to gather and consider timely topics.
There is a $75 fee for the program, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and to register, visit

The Center for Real Estate Law at The John Marshall Law School is dedicated to educating and training the next generation of real estate attorneys and real estate professionals in the substance and practice of commercial real estate law through two graduate degrees—the LLM in Real Estate Law for practicing attorneys and the MS in Real Estate Law for non-attorneys involved in commercial real estate. The Center offers JD students a certificate program in Sustainability, and a joint JD/LLM in Real Estate Law to qualified students. In addition to providing degree candidates with a superior education in a transactional context, the Center is committed to promoting research and scholarship in the field of commercial real estate and practice.

CONTACT: Christine Kraly 312-427-2737 x 171Source: The John Marshall Law School-Chicago