Environmental Protection Agency Administrator and Tulane graduate Lisa Jackson will deliver the keynote address for "Bound by Water," at the 15th annual Tulane Law School Summit on Environmental Law and Policy. The summit will be held April 9â“11 in the Law School's Weinmann Hall.
Water is a vital resource that lies at the intersection of law and policy, science and technology, culture, economics and environmental stewardship. Changing climates, dwindling fresh water supplies and shifting demands are bringing renewed attention to how our water resources have been managed and how they should be. All these issues will be put in focus at the summit, which will feature some of our nation's most eminent experts on water law, policy and management.
The summit includes two days of lectures and panel discussions of interest to lawyers, policymakers, planners, resource users, advocates and others concerned with how water management affects their community, business, or future. Topics include flood protection, coastal restoration, management of fresh-water supplies, commercial aquaculture, the impact of climate change on seacoasts and more.
Among the summit highlights will be addresses by Joseph Sax, professor of law at the University of California, who will speak on "Climate Change and the Migratory Seashore: Old Laws and New Needs," and Al Armendariz, regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Region Six.
Two field trips also are offered. One is a visit to the Turtle Cove Research Station and Wetlands in Manchac, La., several miles from New Orleans. Another field trip is the "New Orleans Toxic Tour," which will focus on New Orleans' toxic waste system and dumpsites in the metro area. Participants will learn about environmental and health problems that arise from toxic waste and the impacts of dump sites on low-income communities. Slots for the tours are limited.
Continuing legal education credits will be available for members of the bar, and certification and maintenance credits also may be available for members of the American Planning Society. Registration is required.