Panel Discussions & Special Events

The Environmental Law and Policy Program sponsors panel discussions and special events throughout the year on current issues in environmental law with a particular emphasis on issues affecting the Great Lakes, which are the world's largest freshwater system. The panel discussions are moderated by members of Michigan's distinguished environmental law faculty and include presentations by academics, practictioners, and policy makers. Many of the events and panels are presented in conjunction with classroom discussions as part of our extensive environmental law curriculum.

collapse : February
Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell
Program: ELPP Panel Discussions
Date: 2/18/2014
Time: 4:10-5:30 p.m.
Location: Hutchins Hall room 220
Description: 
All are invited to hear Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell – a member of President Obama’s Climate Change Adaptation Task Force and of the ABA Task Force on Sustainable Development – give a presentation at UM Law School on the challenges of adapting to climate change.


collapse : October
 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement 2012
Program: ELPP Panel Discussions
Date: 10/29/2012
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM
Location: Hutchins Hall 120
Description: 
Lana Pollack, U.S. Chair of the International Joint Commission;
Cameron Davis, Senior Advisor to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson; and
Andy Buchsbaum, Director of the Great Lakes Office of the National Wildlife Federation & Adjunct Professor at MLaw
will be discussing the topic "Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement 2012: Sheet Music for a Real Symphony or just Notes on Paper?"
on Monday, October 29, 2012, from 6:30-8 p.m. in Hutchins Hall 120.
 
This event is free and open to the public.
 
A complete audio recording of the panel discussion is available at: http://web.law.umich.edu/flashmedia/public/Default.aspx?mediaid=2663


collapse : April
The Controversy over Fracking: Will Michigan and Ohio Be the Next Frontier?
Program: ELPP Panel Discussions
Date: 4/17/2012
Time: 4-5:30pm
Location: 250 Hutchins
Description: 
Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," of oil and gas wells has generated considerable controversy across the country, particularly over impacts on water resources.  Some in the industry predict that Michigan and Ohio will experience a boom in energy production because of this technique.


Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Oil Pipelines in the Great Lakes Region; Learning from the Enbridge Spill in Marshall, MI
Program: ELPP Panel Discussions
Date: 4/3/2012
Time: 12:00-1:10pm
Location: 138 Hutchins
Description: 
In July 2010, close to one million gallons of crude oil flowed 30 miles down the Kalamazoo River, stopping short of Lake Michigan. It was the largest inland oil spill in midwest history--and it came from a pipeline that transports oil across the region.  


collapse : October
Battling Asian Carp: How Biology, Law, and Politics are Threatening the Great Lakes
Program: ELPP Panel Discussions
Date: 10/24/2011
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Location: 250 Hutchins
Description: 
Asian Carp, the species of giant fish, are poised to invade the Great Lakes and wreak ecological and economic havoc.


collapse : December
Environmental Justice in Michigan: The Challenges and Opportunities of Implementing the Governor's Directive
Program: ELPP Panel Discussions
Date: 12/30/2010
Time: 3-4:30pm
Location: 1040 Dana Bldg. (SNRE)
Description: 
The State of Michigan is considering how best to pursue environmental justice in poor and minority communities.


collapse : January
Tackling Invasive Species in the Great Lakes
Program: ELPP Panel Discussions
Date: 1/20/2010
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Location: 120 Hutchins
Description: 
A new aquatic invasive species is discovered in the Great Lakes roughly every 7 months.


collapse : October
The Great Lakes Compact: One Year Later
Program: ELPP Panel Discussions
Date: 10/5/2009
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Location: 116 Hutchins
Description: 
The Great Lakes Water Resources Compact -- a new law designed to transform the protections of Great Lakes water -- has been on the books for almost one year. 


collapse : September
The Great Lakes Compact in Michigan: The New Water Regime
Program: ELPP Panel Discussions
Date: 9/15/2008
Time: 5-6pm
Location: 120 Hutchins
Description: 
Join us as we discuss how the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact -- a proposed agreement among the eight Great Lakes States -- will affect Michigan.


 
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