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February 21, 2013

‘Earth: Too Big to Fail’ begins Feb. 28

University of Oregon School of Law student group Land, Air, Water will host the 31st Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC)February 28 through March 3 at the Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St. in Eugene.

PIELC is distinguished as the oldest and largest conference of its kind, and unites more than 3,000 activists, attorneys, students, scientists and concerned citizens from morethan 50 countries around the globe to share their experience and expertise. With keynote addresses, workshops, films, celebrations and more than 120 panels, PIELC is world-renowned for its energy, innovation and inspiration. In 2011, PIELC received the Program of the Year Award from the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. The conference is organized entirely by law student volunteers. 2013 logo

Focused on the theme "Earth: Too Big to Fail," the 2013 conference examines the question, "If 'too big to fail' can work to justify bailouts for financial institutions, why not use it to justify a bailout for Earth?" The conference kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Erb Memorial Union on the UO campus. Keynote speeches by Ed Whitelaw, founder of ECONorthwest, and Nnimmo Bassey, executive director of Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth Nigeria, will take place at 6:30 p.m.

The conference features additional luminary keynote speakers such as Thomas Linzey, Thuli Brilliance Makama, Professor Gerald Torres, Caleb Behn, John Cruden, Jim Gerritsen as well as three young plaintiffs in litigation aiming to force the government to proactively deal with climate change: Ashley Funk, Eshe Sherley and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. The conference also features 11 different panel discussion times with numerous topics featured at each time throughout the law school and the EMU.

The conference is free and open to the public. Registration is available at http://www.pielc.org. Continuing Legal Education credit is available for attorneys for a fee.

For more information check, view the conference brochure at http://www.pielc.org/Brochures/2013.pdf.

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