Levee Board lawsuits, polar bears among topics to be addressed at Tulane law summit

February 18, 2014

Barri Bronston
Phone: 504-314-7444

Tulane University’s 19th annual Summit on Environmental Law and Society will take place Feb. 21-22, bringing together legal experts in such fields as Gulf Coast restoration, urban water planning, shark finning and plastic pollution.

Keynote speakers will be Marcus Eriksen, co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute, a research group dedicated to raising awareness of plastic pollution, and Sylvia Earle, founder of Mission Blue, an alliance of ocean conservation groups.

Sessions will include “Levee Board Suit,” “Cancer Alley,” “Dead Zone,” “Polar Bears” and “The Future of Environmentalism: What Role for Civil Disobedience?” Experts representing Tulane Law School, the National Wildlife Federation, the University of New Orleans and the Loyola University Environmental Law Clinic, among many other local and national groups, will serve as panelists.

The summit, organized by the student-run Environmental Law Society, will be held at John Giffen Weinmann Hall, 6329 Freret St. It is free and open to the public. Continuing legal education (CLE) credits are available for a charge.

The summit is sponsored by the Tulane Water Institute, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, Sierra Club National, National Audubon Society, Louisiana Wildlife Federation and Andy McMillian Design. For registration and more information, go to


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