Tulane Environmental Law Summit panels to tackle oil pollution, local hospitals, and keynote address by ‘1491’ author

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The 17th Annual Tulane Environmental Law Summit will feature two days of panels on topics including pollution from the BP oil spill, the impact of the changes to New Orleans hospitals and the removal of the Claiborne elevated expressway, as well as a keynote address by the author of the acclaimed history book, 1491.

For the general public, attendance is $30 for the entire summit, or $20 per day. A full schedule can be viewed at the summit’s website. Some highlights, via email:

Tulane Environmental Law Society is pleased to present its 2012 Summit on Environmental Law & Policy, to be held March 2-3, 2012 at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, LA. This year’s theme, “From Local to Global,” celebrates the interconnectedness between environmental concerns in our own communities and across the world. The Summit will feature concurrent, CLE-accredited panels and is open to attorneys, students and university faculty, public interest organizations and the general public. Also, for the first time, attendance is free to students and NGOs.

This year’s panelists will present diverse views on ocean pollution, the Massey Coal litigation, the Sabine River controversy, and more.* Attorneys may earn CLEs for attendance. Students will have a chance to meet this year’s panelists and learn about career opportunities at a working lunch featuring several of the day’s speakers.

Friday: 8:00 am – 9:30 pm
*Screening of the film “Toxic Soup” with Director Rory Delany at 7:30 pm presented by Loyola Environmental Law Society.

Saturday: 10:00 am – 7:30 pm
*Keynote address by Charles C. Mann, author of 1491 at 5:00 p.m. with reception to follow.

“The BP Blowout and the Pending Prosecution: Was it a Crime?” – addressing the criminal investigation
“Impacts of the BP Blowout” – addressing economic, environmental, and health concerns in the long-term
“The Sabine River Controversy: Who Can Sell Our Water?” – important issues in a sensitive Gulf ecosystem
“Will Oil and Gas Pay? “Legacy” Litigation to Restore Oil and Gas Damage to the Land”

“Taking Down the Claiborne Elevated Expressway” – discussing the movement to take down the neighborhood – choking highway.
“Women in the Environmental Movement” – dedicated to the late Mildred Fossier and focusing on Louisiana women pioneers
“Big Tuna: Can We Manage Our Appetites?” – featuring experts proposing several alternatives to protect the Bluefin Tuna, which sells for $3-4 Million per fish, from extinction
“Post-Katrina Conflict and Change: LSU/VA Hospitals, Economic Progress or Civic Disaster?”

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