JELL Symposium 2017: American Fire

​From raging wildfires near urban developments in the wildland-urban interface, to financial and health costs of containment, natural disasters result in the loss of life, property, and severe damage to the environment. The JELL 2017 Fall Symposium and accompanying 2018 Issue seeks to further the dialogue between communities facing high natural wildfire risk and the local, state, and federal agencies responsible for mitigation and management. In this Symposium, we will explore developments in wildfire policy, and the law after the third consecutive warmest year (2016 global averages), and the emerging area of "disaster law." 


Trends in Wildfire Law, Science, and Policy on Public and Private Lands.
University of Oregon School of Law
Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation


9:30 – 9:40 AM Opening Remarks

Dean Marcilynn Burke, University of Oregon School of Law

9:40 – 10:50 AM Keynote “Firefighter Fatalities and Wildfire Mitigation Law in the Wildlands-Urban Interface.”

Professor Lloyd Burton, University of Colorado Denver

10:50 – 11:00 AM Break

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Panel 1 “Federal jurisdiction of Wildfire Mitigation, and the Interface between Federal Public and Private Lands.”

Panelists: Professor Blake Hudson, Louisiana State University; Professor Robert Keiter, University of Utah

12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch served in Law School Commons

12:45-1:30 PM Lunch Hour Panel: Wildfire and Cultural Engagement 

Panelists: Vicki Preston, Cultural Resources Tech III, Karuk Tribe, Jennifer Dyer, USFS, Six Rivers National Forest 

1:30 – 3:00 PM Panel 2 “Responses to Wildfire Mitigation Programs; Strategies in Forest Health Management and Planning.”

Panelists: Jamison Colburn, Penn State University; TBD

3:00 – 3:10 PM Break

3:10 – 4:15 PM Keynote “Like a Phoenix Rising from the Ashes: Melding Wildfire Law into a Comprehensive Statute.”

Professor Allan Kanner, Founding Member Kanner & Whiteley, L.L.C


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