19th Annual Summit on Environmental Law & Policy
Friday, February 21
Friday 8:30am - 9:50am
Ethics are imperative to effective practice of law. This panel will look
at the obligations attorneys have to their clients and each other.
Welcome Address 10:00am-10:10am
S. Westley, Professor of Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Tulane
University Law School
- William Boggs,
Deputy Chief Defender, Public Defenders Office of New Orleans
Friday 10:15am - 11:35am
Alley": Rethinking the Terminology
Alley" - the section of the Mississippi River corridor between Baton Rouge
and New Orleans - is nationally and internationally infamous. Nearly
three decades after the term was first used, is it appropriate? This
panel will discuss the science behind the name and give an overview of legal
issues stemming from the region.
- Dr. Charles Miller,
PhD. Professor Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences Tulane
University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
- Dr. Patricia Williams, PhD,
DABT - Associate Professor University of New Orleans, Coordinator
for Toxicology Research Laboratories of the Pontchartrain Institute for
- Damon Kirin (moderator) - Adjunct Professor Tulane Law School Toxic Torts, Partner at Diliberto
Gulf Coast Restoration: What's the Plan?
Friday 11:35am - 1pm
Louisiana Master Plan attempts to restore coastal Louisiana at a cost of $50
billion. How well does it respond to sea level rise, and what alternative
measures may be necessary.
- Ed P.
Richards – Clarence W. Edwards Professor of Law, LSU Law Center
Muth – Louisiana State Director, NWF's Coastal
Louisiana Campaign, National
Osborn – Central Gulf Coast Region Navigation Manager, NOAA
- Rob Moreau
(moderator) – Instructor of Biological Sciences, Director of Turtle Cove
Environmental Research Station, Southeastern Louisiana University
Friday 1pm - 2:20pm
Living With Water: the Urban Water Plan
Greater New Orleans has a long history of water
management techniques to overcome catastrophic realities. Outbreaks of
mosquito-borne illness were a regular phenomenon, so the city built pumps to
eliminate standing water. Storm surges inundated streets and buildings,
so levees were built. Today, we face a sinking landscape and rising
tides. The New Orleans Plan ushers in a new era of adaptive management. Our
panelists will discuss what implementation looks like, the obstacles to overcome,
and opportunities to navigate them.
- Gil Rogers – Senior Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center
Waggoner – Architect for the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, Co-Founder
of Waggonner Associates
- Robin Barnes – Executive Vice President and COO, Greater New Orleans, Inc
Miller – Deputy Executive Director, New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board
Allen, III – Director, Mayor’s Office of Environmental Affairs
- Harry Vorhoff (moderator) - Senior Research Fellow, Tulane
Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy
Hydraulic Fracturing and the Practicalities of Recyclable Waste Water
Hydraulic fracturing, among other things, consumes enormous quantities of fresh water, millions
of gallons per activity per day. What
are the alternatives? Is recycling
- Ken Gelburd (moderator) – Attorney, Pennsylvania Federal Bar Association Section on the
Environment, Energy and Natural Resources
- Liz Nolan – Assistant Counsel, Bureau of Regulatory Council, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
- Dr. Barry
Stevens, PhD – Founder and President of TBD America, Inc.
Williams – State Regulatory and Legislative Affairs Manager, Environmental
Friday 2:30pm - 3:50pm
Montana Mining, Water and Hazardous Waste
Mining law in Montana from the Copper Kings to today. American law, private fortunes, and a right with no remedy.
- Dr. Pat Munday, PhD – Department Head of Technical
Communication at Montana Tech
- Dr. John Ray, PhD – Professor of political science
and public policy at Montana Tech, president of Citizens Technical
- Stan Millan (moderator) - Special Counsel, Jones Walker,
Adjunct Professor, Tulane University Law
Shark Finning: What's Next?
U.S.federal law banned shark finning in US waters in the early 2000s. However, the selling of fins has remained legal and various states, especially on the west coast, have instituted their own bans. Does federal law preempt the states’ own initiatives?
- Dominique Cano-Stocco – Campaign Manager, Oceana
Adam Young – Enforcement Division, LA Fish and Wildlife Service
Waltzer (moderator) – Attorney, Waltzer,
Wiygul & Garside
Friday 4:00pm - 5:20 pm
Controlling Plastic Pollution
through International Law and Extended Producer Responsibility
Marine plastics are
pandemic. This panel focuses on Extended producer responsibility programs as a
way to address the problem. Papers from this session will be included in the
next issue of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal.
- Lisa Boyle (Moderator) - Staff Attorney, 5 Gyres Institute
- Megan Herzog – Emmett/Frankel Fellow in
Environmental Law and Policy, UCLA School of Law
- Mark Gold – Associate
Director, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
- Leila Monroe – Staff Attorney, Oceans Program,
Menhaden Fisheries - the most valuable fish in the sea?
Ever heard of menhaden?
Commonly known as “pogies”, menhaden are caught throughout the Atlantic Ocean
and the Gulf of Mexico, ground up, and added to commercial feed for livestock
and farmed fish, domestic pet food, and even human dietary supplements. As importantly, menhaden are vital to the
ocean life as a food source for larger fish, marine mammals and sea birds, and their
life behaviors help keep cleanse pollution.
They are in trouble. Now what?
- H. Bruce Franklin, PhD – The John Cotton Dana Professor of
English and American Studies, Rutgers University—Newark, Author of The Most Important Fish in the Sea:
Menhaden and America
- Marianne Cufone, Esq. – Environmental Policy Advocacy
Clinical/Environmental Program Manager, Loyola University of New Orleans School
of Law, Executive Director: Recirculating Farms Coalition
- Captain Louis Skrmetta, Ship Island Excursions in Mississippi
Jones Rogers (moderator) – JD Candidate, Loyola University of New Orleans School of Law
Keynote Plenary - Dr. Marcus Eriksen: Dr. Eriksen is the co-founder of the 5 Gyres
Institute, a research group dedicated to understanding and reducing plastics
pollution through research and public awareness. He will speak about the role
of plastics in our oceans and waterways, and how groups and individuals can
work to reduce plastic pollution. Watch the livestream here.
Saturday, February 22
Welcome 8:50am - 9:00am
Saturday 9:00am - 10:20am
The Future of Civil Works: SMART Planning & NEPA Streamlining
To better meet our nation's
water resource needs, the planning process for water infrastructure projects is
getting reworked both internally and externally. Internally, the Army
Corps of Engineers revised its approach in 2012 with the goal of increasing “efficiency.”
Externally, Congress is working itself towards “streamlining” provisions of the
National Environmental Policy Act. Our panelists will discuss the impacts of
these changes on civil works planning and public participation, on which we all
“Tab” Brown – Chief of Planning and Policy, US Army Corps of Engineers
Vorhoff (moderator) – Senior Research Fellow, Tulane
Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy
- Matt Rota - Senior Policy Director, Gulf Restoration Network
Bears, Species at Risk and Climate Change
*Sponsored by Tulane Graduate Studies Student Association
This panel focuses on the plight of species at risk in an era
of climate change, including the well-known Polar bear and also smaller species
found nearer to home. It also addresses creative uses of the law to
address the problem.
Rylander – Senior Staff Attorney, Defenders of Wildlife
Karyn Rode – Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS Alaska Science Center
- Paul Hartfield
– Invertebrate Biologist, Fish and Wildlife Service
- David A.
White (moderator) – Professor of Biological Sciences, Loyola University of New
The Elk River Disaster: Can It Happen Here?
January 9th, 2014 over 7,500 gallons of 4-methycyclohexane methanol
spilled into the Elk River in West Virginia. The area is now a federal disaster
area. Like Charleston, WV, New Orleans sits downriver from an array of
industrial developments. Could it happen here too?
Thompson, Esq. – Thompson Barney PLLC
Rolfes (moderator) – Louisiana Bucket Brigade
Saturday 10:30am - 11:50pm
Acidification: Can the Clean Water Act Help?
acidification is a global problem of a truly massive scale The Clean Water Act
regulates ocean pH levels. Is the Act a useful tool for battling one of the
most adverse effects of global climate change?
Roberson – Director for the Ocean Acidification Program, Ocean Conservancy
- Dr. Erica Ombres, PhD - NOAA Ocean Acidification Program
- Dr. Stephen Howden, PhD - Associate Professor of Marine Science, The University of Southern Mississippi
- Amy Stein (moderator) - Associate Professor of Law, Tulane
University Law School
Uranium Mining: More Trouble in the Mountains
The uranium industry is making a well-financed push to repeal a long standing
mining ban in Appalachia so they can begin to excavate and process uranium,
starting in Southside Virginia. Drinking water, human health, farmland,
property values, wildlife and tourism across Virginia are at risk.
Hydro Power in China: Panacea or Problem?
Ferruccio – Grassroots Activist
Lester – Executive Director, Roanoake River Basin Association
Pugsley, Esq. – Attorney, Thompson & Pugsley PLLC
- Dr. Brent Blackwelder, PhD – Professor of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Johns Hopkins University
hydropower sector has boomed, as have adverse effects on aquatic life and
systems. Both panelists have extensive backgrounds in dealing with Chinese
history and its energy sector's growing dependency and insistence on
hydroelectricity as a sustainable source of power. Is mitigation possible?
Saturday, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
- Dr. Charlton Lewis, PhD – Professor of Chinese History, Yale
- Dr. S. T. Hsieh, PhD – Director of the
US/China Energy and Environmental Technology Center, Payson Center,
- Siu Tip
Lam (moderator) – Assistant Professor of Law, Program Director of US-China
Partnership for Environmental Law, Vermont Law School
Saturday 1:00pm - 2:20pm
Radical Environmentalism: Civil Disobedience?
Law and policy has reached a plateau while new and larger threats appear.
Recent arrests of protesters of mega-mines in Latin American and Asia, of
deepwater drilling in the Russian Arctic, and of the Keystone XL pipeline make
headlines, and dramatize these issues, But at what cost? Is civil disobedience
an effective strategy for pursuing change?
- Dr. Brent Blackwelder, PhD (moderator) – Professor of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Johns Hopkins University
Hayes – Co-Founder, Rainforest Action Network
- Todd Myers - Director, Center for the Environment, Washington Policy Center
Lake Peigneur: A Region at Risk
salt caverns are used in Louisiana to store natural gas, butane, and propane. Some
have experienced accidents. The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources has
received a permit application to authorize expansion of an existing cavern
storage operation through creation of two new caverns for storage of natural
gas. Now what?
- Blake Hudson – Burlington Resources Associate Professor in Environmental Law, Edward J.
Womac, Jr. Associate Professor in Energy Law, LSU Law Center
Crowley – President, Save Lake Peigneur, Inc.
- Paul Orr (moderator) - Communications Director, Lower Mississippi
*Sponsored by Louisiana Wildlife Federation
and other western states allocate scarce water resources, how much is left for
critically vulnerable species? The global population of Whooping Cranes has
rebounded to approximately 200 individuals, but water rights in Texas may
determine their future. Current litigation on behalf of this endangered species
has the potential to dramatically alter environmental law and western water
- Dr. Ron
Outen, PhD (moderator) – Regional Director, Aransas Project
- Dr. Charles Irvine, PhD – Attorney, Blackburn & Carter, Aransas Project
- Andy Jacoby - Attorney, Jones, Swanson, Huddell, & Garrison, LLC
Saturday, 2:30pm - 3:50pm
Legislative Solutions to Plastic Pollution:
From Plastic Bags to Microbeads
Two plastics issues on tap: industry, New
York’s proposed plastic bag ordinance, and the impacts of microplastics used in
personal care products. Each holds a
piece of the answer.
- Lisa Kaas Boyle (moderator) – Staff Attorney, 5 Gyres
- Rachel Doughty – Attorney, Greenfire
- Jennie Romer - Founder & Director,
Zone: Litigation Needed?
Each year the Mississippi Gulf dead zone increases. The costs to marine life,
fisheries, and the overall viability of the coast, even state restoration
plans, are large. Federal law requires that water quality standards be met by
all states. They are not meeting them. Can the law step in?
Hudson – Burlington Resources Associate Professor in Environmental Law, Edward J.
Womac, Jr. Associate Professor in Energy Law, LSU Law Center
Rota – Senior Policy Director, Gulf Restoration Network
Reimer – Staff Attorney, Earthjustice
Korte (moderator) – JD Candidate, Tulane University Law School
Levee Board Suit: THE CASE
The New Orleans Levee Board’s pursuit of
environmental damages against the oil industry for nearly a century of canal
construction and wetlands degradation has captivated the state, and enraged the political establishment. Here’s what it’s about.
Saturday, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
- Mike Veron – Attorney, Veron, Bice, Palermo
- Gladstone Jones – Attorney , Jones, Swanson, Huddell & Garrison, LLC
- John A.
Lovett – Associate Dean for Faculty Development, De Van D. Daggett, Jr.
Distinguished Professor of Law, Loyola University of New Orleans School of Law
Marshall (moderator) – Pulitzer Prize Winning Reporter at The Lens
Stump the Chumps
Keynote Address Presented by Dr. Sylvia Earle
Dr. Earle is one of the world’s foremost oceans
experts. Her impressive career has arced between academia to founding multiple
ocean conservation organizations. Most recently she founded Mission Blue, an
alliance of ocean conservation groups created to support a global move towards
increasing the number of marine protected areas.