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February 25, 2010

Public Interest Environmental Law Conference 2010: A Weekend Guide

The 28th Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference kicks off Thursday. Below is a guide to some of the major events taking place during the weekend-long event.

Thursday, February 25:

3:30 p.m.: Empowering the Next Generation of Wildlife Warriors. Erb Memorial Union Ballroom. This year’s conference features a special opening event for children and families with Bindi and Robert Irwin, the daughter and son of the late Steve Irwin and his wife, Terri. The interactive session will educate children about conservation and things they can do to make a difference in the world. Tickets to this special event are free, but must be reserved through registration.

5:45 p.m.: Film: Coal Country. Erb Memorial Union Ballroom. Coal Country reveals the truth about modern coal mining. The people directly involved, both working miners and activists, who are battling the coal companies in Appalachia, tell the story.

7:00 p.m.: Keynote Address featuring Terri Irwin, Craig Franklin, and Steven Donziger. Erb Memorial Union Ballroom.

Friday, February 26:

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Environmental and Natural Resources Open House. Knight Law Center 225.

12:15 p.m.: Keynote Address featuring Maria Gunnoe and Charles Wilkinson, with opening remarks by Oregon Attorney General John Kroger. Erb Memorial Union Ballroom.

2:15 p.m.: Research Highlights from the Oregon Law Bowerman Fellows: Restrictive Covenants, Instream Flows, and Atmospheric Trust Litigation. Knight Law Center 141. Student fellows Abby Blodgett, Andy Engel, and Maureen McGee will present their individual research as part of three separate, yearlong environmental law research projects.

5:15 p.m.: Films: King Corn and Big River. Erb Memorial Union Ballroom. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. They plant a bumper crop of corn on one acre of Iowa soil. In Big River, Ian and Curt have a new mission: to investigate the environmental impact their acre of corn has sent to the people and places downstream.

5:30 p.m.: Indigenous Peoples Reception. Many Nations Longhouse. The Native peoples at the University of Oregon welcome all indigenous conference attendees and their allies to this reception.

7:00 p.m.: Keynote Address featuring Patricia Cochran, Marcilynn Burke, and Anuradha Mittal. Erb Memorial Ballroom.

9:00 p.m.: PIELC Celebration. Agate Hall.

Saturday, February 27:

9:00 a.m.: Ocean Law Reception. Knight Law Center 225. This reception offers faculty members, interested students, and other attendees an opportunity to meet visiting marine practitioners. Attendees may tour the Ocean and Coastal Law Library.

12:15 p.m.: Keynote Address featuring Marc Ona Essangui and Ramona Africa. Erb Memorial Ballroom.

2:00 p.m.: Spencer Butte Hike. Meet at Information Desk. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a warm jacket as you hike through Eugene’s old growth forest, climbing to the top of Spencer Butte. Led by Roy Keene, forester and activist.

4:00 p.m.: LL.M. Reception. Knight Law Center 225. All LL.M. graduates, students, and anyone interested in learning more about the LL.M. program are cordially invited to attend.

5:00 p.m.: UO Alumni Reception. Lewis Lounge, Knight Law Center fourth floor. All Oregon Law alumni are welcome to attend this reception.

5:15 p.m.: Film: The Garden. Erb Memorial Union Ballroom. Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature of 2009. The 14-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. But now, bulldozers are poised to level this urban oasis. The film follows the plight of the farmers, from the tilled soil to the polished marble of City Hall.

7:00 p.m.: Keynote Address featuring David Kirby and Trip Van Noppen. Erb Memorial Ballroom.

Sunday, February 28:

Noon: Closing Keynote Address featuring Rizwana Hasan. Knight Law Center 175.

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