Levin College of Law

National experts to discuss issues affecting Florida’s coast at 10th annual Nelson Symposium

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Levin College of Law’s 10th annual Richard E. Nelson Symposium will feature a prestigious line-up of state and national experts speaking on a range of important issues and legal developments currently affecting Florida’s coast.

The symposium – “Going Coastal: 21st Century Challenges to Our Fragile Coast” – will take place Friday, Feb. 11, at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section and by The Florida Bar City, County and Local Government Section.

Presentations will focus on sea rise mitigation, oil spill litigation, drilling moratoria, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc. v. Florida Department of Environmental Protection, ocean acidification and judicial takings. The program will be of special interest to those in the legal field dealing with land use, environmental, energy and state and local government issues.

“The line-up for the tenth Nelson Symposium is impressive in its depth and breadth, which is appropriate, as the legal problems involved in protecting our coast demand the creativity and energy of the best and brightest of our profession,” said Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law Michael Allan Wolf of the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

This year’s speakers include Georgetown Law Professor Peter Byrne; Sarah Chasis, Natural Resources Defense Council; University of Miami Law Professor Cynthia Drew; Florida Solicitor General Scott Makar; Alida C. Hainkel, Jones Walker, New Orleans; University of Washington Law Professor William Rodgers; Stanford Law Professor Buzz Thompson; University of Florida Levin College of Law Professor Michael Allan Wolf; and two University of Florida law students, Tony Bajoczky and Celia Thacker.

The symposium is named to honor Richard E. Nelson, who served with distinction as Sarasota County attorney for 30 years, and his wife, Jane Nelson, two UF alumni who gave more than $1 million to establish the Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law, which is responsible for the annual event. Their support of the Levin College of Law’s Environmental and Land Use Program has been key to the program’s success and national recognition for excellence.

Registration is required to attend the event. Registration forms and further information can be found at http://www.law.ufl.edu/news/events/2011/nelson/.

Members of the media are invited to attend, but space is limited so please contact Matt Walker at mlwalker@law.ufl.edu or 352-273-0650 at the UF Law Communications Office to make arrangements.


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