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February 13, 2007

Mar.1-4: Happy 25th Birthday! Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

Environmental law conference looks forward to another  quarter century

The Public Interest Environmental law Conference will celebrate its 25th birthday on Friday March 2, in the midst of three and a half days of meetings and events, 121 conference workshops, eleven keynotes, and formal and informal reunions of litigators and agency lawyers, grass roots activists, nonprofit organization leaders, college students, and a few thousand other environmentalists from around the world.

The first and largest conference of its kind in the world, the student-led annual event is organized around the 2007 theme of Connecting Corridors for the People: The Next 25 Years. It takes place March 1-4 at the University of Oregon School of Law, UO Erb Memorial Union, and other campus venues in Eugene, Oregon.

Keynoters include:

Attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who Time magazine named one of the “Heroes for the Planet” for his success helping the watchdog group Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River and New York waterways. 

Canadian Inuit environmentalist Sheila Watt-Cloutier, who has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her work persuading world leaders that the Arctic is the barometer of global warming trends and effects.

Dinah Bear, who has been general counsel of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) through three administrations.  Her office oversees National Environmental Quality Act, which requires all federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of any proposed action.


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