School of Law’s 30th Annual Red Clay Conference to focus on natural disasters and environmental law

Friday, February 16, 2018

UGA School of Law’s 30th Annual Red Clay Conference to focus on natural disasters and environmental law

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia School of Law will host the 30th Annual Red Clay Conference March 2 in the Larry Walker Room of Dean Rusk Hall starting at 9 a.m.

“When Disaster Strikes: How environmental laws and policies can increase resiliency in communities” is the title of this year’s conference, which will include three panel discussions as well as two featured speakers.

The keynote address, “Environmental Perspectives on Disaster Law,” will be delivered by Robert R.M. Verchick, the holder of the Gauthier-St. Marten Chair in Environmental Law at Loyola University New Orleans. Verchick is also a senior fellow at Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy and serves as the president of the Center for Progressive Reform, a national policy institute focused on public health, public welfare and environmental protection.

Michael P. Vanderbergh will present a morning lecture focusing on environmental problem solving in the private sector. Vanderbergh holds the Allen Distinguished Chair of Law at Vanderbilt Law School, where he also serves as the director of the school’s Climate Change Research Network and is the co-director of its Energy, Environment and Land Use Program.

Panel discussions will address local and state resiliency initiatives, flood insurance and resiliency issues involved in the Camden County space port and rezoning effort.

Registration for the conference is required, and lunch will be provided. The event is free for members of the UGA community. For attorneys seeking 4 continuing legal education credits, the cost is $65. The fee for all other entrants is $10.

The annual Red Clay Conference aims to increase public awareness of environmental issues of regional, national and international significance through a series of educational presentations and open forum discussions. It is entirely student-organized by members of the law school’s Environmental Law Association.

For more information please visit Registration can be found under the Red Clay Conference tab.


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