Levin College of Law

Feb. 8, 2013 – Nelson Symposium examines conflicts between state and federal laws

Twelfth Annual Richard E. Nelson Symposium

Preemption Puzzles: Firearms, Fracking, Foreigners, Fuels, and Farming

Friday, February 8, 2013
Hilton UF Conference Center
Gainesville, Florida

Click here to register for the conference.

Click here to download the symposium brochure.

7 General CLE credits and certification credits in City, County and Local Government Law (3), Criminal Appellate Law (1), Criminal Trial Law (1), Immigration and Nationality Law (1.5). and State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice (7) Presented by the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Co-sponsored by The Florida Bar City, County, and Local Government Law; Environmental and Land Use Law.

Preemption — the subject of the Twelfth Annual Richard E. Nelson Symposium — is a matter of concern to lawyers in the public and private sectors and to government officials at all levels. We have assembled an outstanding group of national and state experts to examine the serious puzzles posed by federal and state preemption of local regulatory activity in five provocative areas: firearms, hydrofracking, immigration, renewable energy, and agriculture.  Clear guidance from state and federal courts is rare in this area, which means that lawyers struggle with locating the legally defensible “comfort zone” for state and local statutes, ordinances, permitting, and regulation.


John R. Nolon, Professor of Law, Pace University School of Law
Michael O’Shea, Professor of Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law
Rick Su, Associate Professor, SUNY Buffalo Law School
Hannah Wiseman, Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Law
Michael Allan Wolf, Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law


Dave Mica, Executive Director, Florida Petroleum Institute
Amy T. Petrick, Senior Assistant County Attorney, Palm Beach County
Robert N. Hartsell, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Law student presenters:

Samantha Culp and Eric Fisher


For your convenience, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center for Thursday and Friday nights, Feb. 7 and 8. Call 352-371-3600 and mention the University of Florida Nelson Symposium (group code RNS) to receive the special rate of $130 per night. Your reservations must be made by Jan. 25, 2013, to guarantee a room at the special rate. The Hilton University of Florida Conference Center is located at 1714 SW 34th St. in Gainesville, Fla.


Conference registration is $100 and includes all program activities (including reception, continental breakfast, breaks, lunch). Fill out and mail the form below with your check by Feb. 5, 2013, to the address shown below. Make checks payable to the UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA. For online registration and payment, please go to http://conferences.dce.ufl.edu/SSP/section.aspx?s=1400037630.


Contact College Flage, public functions coordinator, at 352-273- 0615 or flage@law.ufl.edu.

Special Needs

If your attendance requires any aids or services as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the program date.

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Published: February 8th, 2013

Category: Past Events

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