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September 4, 2007

West Coast Climate Change Symposium to be held at University of Oregon School of Law

Policy makers, business leaders, public representatives and legal scholars will gather to introduce and analyze Oregon, Washington, and California’s approaches to climate change and climate change issues from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on October 19th at the university’s Knight Law Center, room 175, 1515 Agate St. 

Professor Mary Christina Wood from the Environmental and Natural Resource Law Program will deliver a keynote entitled “Government’s Atmospheric Trust Responsibility.— Oregon, Washington, and California are all implementing state and local level regulations and policies to address climate change. Will these states be successful? This Symposium will address this important question with panels exploring the West Coast’s approach to climate change issues through market mechanisms, regulation, and litigation.

The 2007 Symposium is sponsored by the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program.   The Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation (JELL) has provided a national, unbiased forum for the discussion and presentation of new ideas and theories in environmental and natural resources law since 1985. JELL educates students for careers in environmental law, disseminates important information to the environmental community, and plays an integral role at the University of Oregon Law School’s nationally and internationally recognized environmental law program.  The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program pioneered the earliest academic curriculum in public interest environmental law, and created the first public interest environmental law clinic in the nation.

The Symposium will begin by identifying and analyzing Oregon, Washington, and California’s climate change policies.  This part of the day will focus on the effect of regional policies to combat climate change.  During the afternoon the Symposium will focus on litigation and other legal aspects of climate change in the region.

Each year the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation holds a free, public Symposium on a current environmental issue in order to provide a national, unbiased forum for the discussion and presentation of new ideas and theories in public interest environmental and natural resource law. JELL also attempts to offer a broad range of articles and essays that reflect both the theoretical and practical aspects of environmental law.  Please see the Symposium website for registration, travel, lodging, and scheduling details or contact Christina Davis at 541-346-3891 or cdavis6@uoregon.edu.

Contact: Christina Davis, 541-346-3891 or cdavis6@uoregon.edu.

Source: Christina Davis, 541-346-3891.

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