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Contemporary Issues in Environmental Law

Belmont Law Review

Friday, October 4, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 3:35 PM (CDT)

Contemporary Issues in Environmental Law

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PRESENTERS 


Guruswamy

Lakshman Guruswamy

Professor Guruswamy is  a nationally and internationally recognized expert in International Environmental and Global Energy Law, as well as the Nicholas Doman Professor of International Environmental Law at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) Law School. Prior to joining CU, he taught in Sri Lanka, the UK, and the Universities of Iowa and Arizona. At CU, he teaches International Environmental Law, Global Energy Justice, Oil and International Relations, and International Law. He is the director of international energy programs at the Getches-Wilkinson Center, and his research uses interdisciplinary frameworks to explore how and why energy justice calls for the fashioning of practical energy solutions, for the energy poor inhabiting the least developed parts of the developing world. He has a Bachelor of Law from Sri Lanka and a Ph.D. from University of Durham.

 

Fershee

Joshua Fershee

Earning a bachelor’s degree in social science from Michigan State University in 1995, Dean Fershee began his career in public relations and media outreach before attending the Tulane University School of Law, graduating summa cum laude in 2003 and serving as editor in chief of the Tulane Law Review. Dean Fershee’s research has appeared in a variety of journals, and he recently contributed a book chapter published by Oxford University Press. He is the author of Energy Law, A Context and Practice Casebook (Carolina Academic Press) and an editor of the Business Law Prof Blog. Dan Fershee currently serves as Dean of the Creighton University School of Law. 

 

 

Janasie

Catherine Janasie

Professor Janasie currently serves as Senior Research Counsel at the National Sea Grant Law Center and Editor to Sea Grant Law & Policy Journal. She also teaches law school classes on Natural Resources Law, Water Law, Agricultural Law, Fish & Game Regulation, Public Lands, and Environmental Issues in the Gulf of Mexico Region. She received her LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School, and her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law. Professor Janasie's publication credits include Natural Resources Journal, Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy, and Ocean and Coastal Law Journal.

 

 

Bradford

Bradford Mank

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor Mank teaches and writes in the areas of environmental law and administrative law.  A prolific scholar, he has authored many articles and book chapters on environmental justice, regulatory reform, standing, and statutory interpretation. He also has worked with the City of Cincinnati on a number of environmental ordinances and implementation matters, including climate change, environmental justice, recycling, and air pollution issues. Professor Mank received his A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard University and his J.D. from Yale University where he served as the Editor of the Yale Law Journal.

 

Diaz

Leticia Diaz

Dean Diaz is one of the founding faculty of Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law and was appointed dean in 2007. Dean Diaz is the first Cuban-American female to hold the position of dean at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States, and her publications range from analysis of the FDA’s role in consumer protection to areas of environmental law with a focus on consumer health. In 2009, she spoke at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government on international piracy issues, with an emphasis on environmental law. Dean Diaz earned her Juris Doctor degree at Rutgers Law School in New Jersey in 1994. Prior to entering law school, she earned her PhD in organic chemistry from Rutgers University.

  

 

 

Stewart

Margaret Stewart

Director Stewart serves as the Director at the Center for Earth Jurisprudence. She oversees CEJ's programs and operations and has created educational forums throughout the United States and abroad. She also serves as the key Advisor to three law students that work with CEJ as Earth Law & Policy Fellows. Director Stewart serves on the Executive Committee and formerly chaired the Legal Committee of the Florida Springs Council. Additionally, Director Stewart is on the Executive Committee of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, a network of organizations and individuals committed to the universal adoption and implementation of legal systems that recognize, respect and enforce “Rights of Nature” and to making the idea of Rights of Nature an idea whose time has come. 

 

Sterling

Stacey Gordon Sterling

Professor Gordon Sterling is the Director of the Jameson Law Library. She teaches several courses: Legal Research, Advanced Legal Research, Environmental Law Research, Indian Law Research and Animal Law.  Professor Gordon Sterling is a frequent CLE presenter on legal research and animal law topics. She writes in the area of animal law and is the advisor of the law school’s chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. She is also the Director of the First-Year Law Firm Program. Professor Gordon Sterling is a graduate of Eastern Washington University, the University of Washington School of Library and Information Science, and The University of Montana School of Law, where she was a member of the Jessup International Moot Court team and served as business editor of the Public Lands and Resources Law Review.

 

Heidt

Mason Heidt

Dean Heidt is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor of Law at Appalachian School of Law, teaching Property, Appellate Advocacy; Contract Drafting; Coal Law; Energy, Economics, and the Environment; Environmental Science for Lawyers; and, Mineral Title Search & Examination. Dean Heidt received his B.S. from Emory and Henry College in Emory, VA and his J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law. Dean Heidt has also received a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia. As a Master’s student, Dean Heidt’s studies focused on air pollution propagation and coastal estuarine ecology. While in law school, Dean Heidt participated in Government Contracts Moot Court and handled employment law cases while working for the Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics in Washington, D.C.


 

Dineen

Caroleen Dineen

Professor Dineen teaches Legal Methods at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law and has taught seminars and lectured on a broad range of legislative, regulatory, environmental, land use, and natural resources topics. Professor Dineen earned her J.D. and MBA at the University of Washington and a B.A. in English and History from the University of Miami. Upon relocating to Florida, Professor Dineen began working with clients to resolve environmental, land use, and natural resource issues as an associate attorney with Broad and Cassel in Orlando. She has assisted clients to obtain land use approvals and environmental permits and participated in legislative, rule and policy development at the federal, state, and local levels. Professor Dineen teaches Legal Methods at the College of Law and has taught seminars and lectured on a broad range of legislative, regulatory, environmental, land use, and natural resources topics. Professor Dineen earned her J.D. and MBA at the University of Washington and a B.A. in English and History from the University of Miami.


 

PANELISTS 


Kempf

Bart Kempf

Bart Kempf has a diverse practice involving litigation, agency proceedings, enforcement actions, citizen suits, compliance and legislative counseling, and transactional matters concerning a broad range of environmental, land use, and natural resources law. For nearly a decade, Kempf practiced environmental, land use, and natural resources law in Washington, D.C. From 2011 until 2016, Kempf was a member of the Environment, Land, and Resources Department at Latham & Watkins. He also served as senior counsel on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, where he worked on environmental, energy, food safety, antitrust, nominations, and civil rights issues. 

 

Howard

Jenny Howard

Jenny L. Howard has served as general counsel for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation since 2016. Before being named general counsel, Howard served as deputy general counsel and senior counsel for legislative affairs for the department. Howard has been voted as a Nashville Business Journal “Best of the Bar” attorney in environmental law and named a Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce “Emerging Leader” finalist in the environmental category. She earned her law degree from Vanderbilt Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida. She currently serves as the Tennessee Bar Association’s Environmental Section president and Class Agent for Vanderbilt Law School’s Alumni Association.


 

Garcia

Amanda Garcia

Amanda Garcia is the managing attorney of the Tennessee office of the Southern Environmental Law Center.  Ms. Garcia and her team work across the state to protect Tennessee’s clean water, clean air and special places using a full range of regulatory, legal and communications tools. Prior to joining SELC, Ms. Garcia practiced environmental law in the public interest in San Francisco for several years. She has also taught Federal Courts and Negotiation at Belmont University College of Law. Ms. Garcia clerked for the Honorable Alicemarie H. Stotler in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. She graduated magna cum laude from NYU School of Law and with distinction from Stanford University.

 

 

CLE MATERIALS


CLE materials for this event can be found on BLR's website: https://blogs.belmont.edu/belmontlawreview/symposium2019/.

  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


 What is the address?

1901 15th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Free convenient parking will be available directly under the Law School, which is located in the Randall and Sadie Baskin Center Building.

 

Directions: 

From the North: Take I-65 South; Exit at Wedgewood Avenue and head West. From Wedgewood Ave turn left onto 15th Avenue at the light. At the roundabout, take the first right. At the next roundabout, take the second right for parking under the Randall and Sadie Baskin Center Building. Take the elevator from the parking garage to the first floor. 

From the South: Take I-65 North; Exit at Wedgewood Avenue and head West. From Wedgewood Ave turn left onto 15th Avenue at the light. At the roundabout, take the first right. At the next roundabout, take the second right for parking under the Randall and Sadie Baskin Center Building. Take the elevator from the parking garage to the first floor.

From the West: From I-40 East or I-24 East, Exit onto I-440 East; Take Exit 3 onto 21st Avenue. Proceed and bear right onto Magnolia Boulevard. At 3rd stop light, turn right onto Wedgewood Ave. At the next light turn right onto 15th Avenue. At the roundabout, take the first right. At the next roundabout, take the second right for parking under the Randall and Sadie Baskin Center Building. Take the elevator from the parking garage to the first floor.

From the East: From I-40 West or I-24 West, Exit onto I-440 West Take Exit 3 onto 21st Avenue. Proceed and bear right onto Magnolia Boulevard. At 3rd stop light, turn right onto Wedgewood Ave. At the next light (15th Avenue) turn right. At the roundabout, take the first right. At the next roundabout, take the second right for parking under the Randall and Sadie Baskin Center Building. Take the elevator from the parking garage to the first floor.

 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No printed ticket is necessary to enter the event.  Badges and CLE forms will be available at the Registration table when you arrive.

 

Do I need to make arrangements for lunch?

We will be providing a full buffet lunch on-site.  Please note on the registration form if you have any dietary restrictions that we should be aware of.


Can I come to portions of the event without coming to the entire day?

Yes. You are more than welcome to come and go to the event based upon your schedule. Please register for the entire day.


How many hours of CLE have the individual presentations been approved for by the Tennessee CLE Commission?

The Tennessee CLE Commission has approved this event for 5.42 general hours of  CLE credit for Tenneseee-licensed attorneys. The Panel has been approved for 0.75 hours of general CLE credit by the Tennessee CLE Commission. The other presentations have each been approved for 0.58 hours of CLE credit. CLE materials can be found here.

 

How much does this event cost?

This event is free to attend for all Tennessee-licensed attorneys. 

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When & Where


Belmont University College of Law
1901 15th Ave South
Baskin Center Room 157
Nashville, TN 37212

Friday, October 4, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 3:35 PM (CDT)


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Belmont Law Review

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