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Recent Events

Kayaking at Jordan Lake

Sunday, September 13, 12-3 at Jordan Lake

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - Fullsteam Brewery Tour

Saturday March 28, 3:30-5:00 at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham

Fullsteam Brewery will be hosting us for a tour and to discuss how environmental and agricultural laws impact small breweries in North Carolina. Fullsteam follows a Plow-to-Pint philosophy, with a mission to brew Southern-sourced beer that fosters agricultural pride and prosperity in a post-tobacco North Carolina. The tour will be free, but due to safety considerations, there are only 20 spots available. There will be sign-ups in the rotunda on Thurs. 3/19 and Tues. 3/24.

Elections

Informational Meeting: Wed. March 25, at noon in Room 4085

Elections: Wed. April 1, at noon in room 5048

Anybody interested in running for a Board position should attend the informational meeting on March 25 at lunch. We will go over the job descriptions of each position and the election process. There are 9 positions available (minus 1-2 that will be filled by 1Ls next Fall). Hope to see many of you there! Elections will be held the following week on April 1st.

Summer Grants Applications

Application Due: Sun. March 22 by 5:00 p.m.

Each year UNC’s Environmental Law Project awards several grants to student members who are taking unpaid or low-paying public interest jobs within the environmental field. These grants are meant to supplement the CPILO Public Interest Grants. For summer 2013 we awarded $4200 total to 8 people, and for summer 2014 we awarded $3800 to 5 people. Grant allocations are determined by the Board and consider a number of factors, including applicant’s level of participation within the ELP during the past school year and the nature of applicant’s internship.

Past Events from 2012 and 2013

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - The ELP Symposium

Each year the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law holds an Environmental Law Symposium for attorneys from across North Carolina as part of the Law School's annual Festival of Legal Learning. Under the guidance of UNC Law Professors Victor Flatt, Donald Hornstein, and Maria Savasta-Kennedy, members of the ELP prepare short papers exploring current topics in environmental law, with a particular focus on North Carolina. These papers inform the symposium presentations and are included in the packet received by symposium attendees.

Career Panel

We will be hosting a career panel on January 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the boardroom. We are pleased to be hosting panelists from state government, federal government, non-profit/public interest, and the private sector. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the various environmental law career paths (what they do; how they got where they are; what their advice is for law students interested in environmental work).

  • State Government: Michael Bulleri, NC DOJ Air and Water Division
  • Federal Government: Anna Wood, EPA
  • Non-profit/public interest: Dan Conrad, NC Conservation Network (Dan also serves on the NC Utilities Commission)
  • Non-profit/public interest: Kelly Moser, SELC
  • Private Sector: Grady Shields, Wyrick Robbins (Grady also serves as Chair of the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Section of the NC Bar Association)

Professor Savasta-Kennedy's China Presentation

Professor Savasta-Kennedy spent the Spring 2012 semester teaching in Xi'an China on a Fulbright award. On January 29 at noon in 5046 come listen to her share stories about her experience. Fortune cookies will be provided!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - Guest Lecturer Mike Lopazanski

On November 7 at noon in room 4082 guest lecturer Mike Lopazanski, Manager of the Policy and Planning Section of the NC Division of Coastal Management, will be discussing the potential for development of offshore wind in NC. Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - ELP Networking Event

We are very excited to announce that the ELP and the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Section of the NC Bar Association are joining together to host a networking event on November 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.in the boardroom. Pizza will be provided. Charlotte Mitchell, UNC Law/MEM graduate and recent appointee to the Mining and Energy Commission will be our keynote speaker. So that we can plan accordingly, please RSVP by noon on Monday November 5. Send your RSVP to hdbanner@email.unc.edu with the subject line "RSVP for NC Bar."

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - Bar Night at the Crunkleton

Don't forget to mark your calendars for Bar Night on November 15 from 7-10 p.m. at the Crunkelton. Come cheer UNC on while your very own UNC law professors SERVE YOU DRINKS!

THERE WILL BE LIVE BLUES THE NIGHT OF THE EVENT.

So come out and get drinks served by:

  • Harmon
  • Smith
  • Flatt
  • Brophy
  • Ardia
  • Savasta-Kennedy

Professor Savasta-Kennedy and Professor Flatt will be making their signature drink the "Ozone Alert" (also a non-alcoholic "clean" version called the Class I).

Past Events From 2010 and 2011

Mountain Justice With Larry Gibson
Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., University Room, Hyde Hall, UNC Main Campus

A leading voice in the fight against mountaintop removal coal mining and the destruction of the Appalachian Mountains, Mr. Gibson is known around the world for his lifelong fight to save his home and his family's mountain in the heart of coal country. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by questions and discussion as well as a small reception where attendees will have a chance to talk with Mr. Gibson. The event is sponsored by the Sierra Student Coalition at UNC, the Parr Center for Ethics, the Institute for the Environment, the Carolina Union Activities Board, and the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity. More information.

General Body Meeting - Lunch Provided!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m., Room 5046

All members of the ELP and any interested students are encouraged to attend. During the first half of the meeting, we'll discuss upcoming events and describe the ELP board positions for students interested in running for office later in the semester. Then, for the second half of the meeting we will have an informal Q&A session with board members about summer job experiences in environmental law.

ELP & CDO Environmental Law Career Panel - Free Snacks and Coffee (bring your coffee mug)!
Wednesday, January 26, 1011, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Law School Boardroom - Room 5003

This is your opportunity to hear from practicing environmental law attorneys (including several UNC Law alumni) and to ask questions about career options within the field. Panelists will discuss their varied experiences in government, private sector, and public interest practice settings. The panel will include:

  • Geoff Gisler, Southern Environmental Law Center
  • Tom Terrell, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLC
  • Neil Stroud, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Brenda Menard, North Carolina Attorney General's Office, Land and Water Division

Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series: Mark A. Davis, Special Deputy Attorney General, NC Dept. of Justice
October 25, 2010

Mark A. Davis, Special Deputy Attorney General for the North Carolina Department of Justice, discussed North Carolina's recent victory against a challenge to the state's mega-landfill laws.

Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series: Cindy Shea, Director of the UNC Sustainability Office
September 30, 2010

Cindy Shea, Director of the UNC Sustainability Office, gave an update on the University's green initiatives.

Oil on the Water: A Public Discussion and Analysis of the Long-Term Impacts of the Gulf Oil Spill
September 15, 2010

Four UNC faculty, including UNC Law Professor Victor Flatt, led a discussion of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

Global Climate Change: What Must We Do?
February 1, 2010

James Hansen, internationally recognized as a leading expert on global climate change, spoke about the science and politics of global warming and held a book signing for his book, "Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity."

Student Panel on Environmental Jobs
January 27, 2010

The ELP discussed environmental job hunting tips and shared stories about their summer work experiences at Appalachian Voices, The Nature Conservancy, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the North Carolina General Assembly.

Should the Sun Shine on Confidential Research? A Talk with Steve Wing
January 21, 2010

UNC requires that research involving human subjects be kept confidential. This allowed Steve Wing to talk to hog farm employees about prejudicial siting practices. When the research was published, the employers used state public records laws to find out who had spoken out. Wing talked about the environmental, social justice, and scientific implications of this conflict between University policy and State public records laws.

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