Key Private, Governmental Environmentalists Featured at Annual Law Conference
Fifty participants from national and state environmental law firms, government agencies, colleges, private companies and environmental groups were featured at the law school’s Seventh Annual Public Interest Environmental Conference March 22-24. Among speakers at one of the panels, “Ethical Advocates’ Boot Camp,” were Laurie Macdonald, Florida Director of Defenders of Wildlife; David Schwartz, Assistant Alachua County Attorney; and Gary Appelson, Caribbean Conservation Corporation Advocacy Coordinator. Professor Alyson Flournoy, Director of the law school’s Environmental & Land Use Law Program, notes that “panels such as this created an educational and entertaining forum in which lawyers and nonlawyer scientists and activists learned nuts-and-bolts skills to use in lobbying decision-makers and dealing with the media.” Flournoy complimented student members of the law school’s Environmental and Land Use Society for organizing this year’s event, including conference Co-Chairmen Matt Hicks and David Migut, and cited Providance Nagy and Kelly Samek for working with Schwartz to develop the advocacy panel. Featured speakers included John Henry Hankinson, immediate past Region IV Environmental Protection Agency Administrator; Mary Doyle, immediate past U.S. Department of Interior Deputy Assistant Secretary; and Herb Hiller, Floridian and long-time travel writer.