Levin College of Law

Four Prominent National Environmental Scholars

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Four leading environmental scholars will headline the inaugural University of Florida Levin College of Law Environmental & Land Use Law Speaker Series in spring 2005.

The sessions, announced by ELULP Director and Professor of Law Alyson Flournoy, feature academicians from the colleges of law of Arizona State, Texas and Duke universities, and the head of the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University.

This is the newest in a series of initiatives by the law school for an environmental law program that was recognized in 2004 as one of the nation’s top 20 such curricula – and in the top 10 of public law schools – by U.S. News & World Report in a ranking by law school faculty and deans throughout the U.S.

“Our environmental and land use law program since its inception in 1999 has gained national respect while expanding and strengthening through a series of initiatives,” said law Dean Robert Jerry. “Three outstanding faculty hires, summer externships and study abroad for credits, the award-winning Conservation Clinic, 11 years of the student-organized Public Interest Environmental Conference, an ELULP Certificate Program for law graduates wanting to specialize, and now a national speaker series are examples of the innovations.”

Sponsors making the sessions possible are Hopping Green & Sams P.A., Tallahassee; Lewis Longman & Walker P.A., West Palm Beach; and the Florida Bar Environmental & Land Use Law Section.

According to Flournoy, professors to be featured:

  • Rebecca Tsosie, Arizona State University / March 11, 2005
    Specializes in Indian law, property, bioethics and critical race theory, and is the executive director of the ASU Indian Legal Program and its Lincoln Professor of Native American Law & Ethics. She is co-author of a federal Indian law casebook, and serves as a Supreme Court Justice for Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.
  • Barbara Knuth, Cornell University / March 18, 2005
    Chairs the university’s Department of Natural Resources and is co-leader of Human Dimensions Research. She has written extensively on environmental and natural resources planning, management and policy processes.
  • Wendy E. Wagner, University of Texas / March 25, 2005
    Leading authority on use of science by environmental policymakers; one of seven attorneys on the American Bar Association’s National Conference of Lawyers & Scientists. Worked for U.S. Departments of Justice (Environmental and Natural Resources Division) and Agriculture (Office of General Counsel).
  • James Salzman, Duke University / April 8, 2005
    An editor of Environmental Impact Assessment, and principal liaison for the Trade & Environment Policy Advisory Committee. Visiting professor at Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Macquarie (Australia) and Lund (Sweden) universities; 2002-03 McMaster Fellow and Fulbright Senior Scholar in Australia; 2004 fellow at Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California-Santa Barbara.

Some limited seating will be available at the free engagements. Additional information is available by contacting ELULP Program Assistant Marla Wolfe, 352.392.3427 / elulp@law.ufl.edu.

Both Flournoy and Jerry give credit for ELULP’s success and growing national recognition to the 13 full-time law school faculty, including five from the College’s Center for Governmental Responsibility, and five adjunct professors from throughout Florida that are responsible for the program’s curriculum.

“We also owe a great deal to our more than 40-member volunteer ELULP advisory board composed of leading environmental attorneys and experts from throughout the country,” Flournoy said. “An example of the quality of our advisors is Carol Browner, a 1979 UF law grad, who is a former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and presidential cabinet member.”

Additional information:
Professor and ELULP Director Alyson Flournoy, 352.392.2268 / flournoy@law.ufl.edu
ELULP Program Assistant Marla Wolfe, 352.392.3572 / elulp@law.ufl.edu

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