Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
University of Oregon School of Law
Eugene, Oregon

2013 PIELC Panels and Events





2:00 pm
Registration Opens

4:00-5:15 pm
Panel 1

6:00-8:15 pm
Opening Ceremonies
Keynote 1













Note: All Thursday events take place in the EMU.

8:00 am
Registration Opens

9:00-10:15 am
Panel 2

10:30-11:45 am
Panel 3

10:30 am-12:15 pm
Workshop 1

12:30-2:15 pm
Keynote 2

2:30-3:45 pm
Panel 4

4:00-5:15 pm
Panel 5

Keynote 3

7:30-9:30 pm
Student Reception

7:30 pm
First shuttle leaves for PIELC Celebration

8:00 pm-12:00 am
PIELC Celebration

12:00 am
Last shuttle from PIELC Celebration

8:00 am
Registration Opens

8:15-10:15 am
Ethics Workshop

10:30-11:15 am
Workshop 2

9:00-10:15 am
Panel 6

10:30-11:45 am
Panel 7

12:15-2:15 pm
Keynote 4

2:00-5:00 pm
McGowan Grove Hike

2:30-3:45 pm
Panel 8

4:00-5:15 pm  
Panel 9

4:00-5:45 pm
Workshop 3

5:30-8:30 pm
Indigenous Peoples’ Reception

6:00-9:00 pm
Alumni Reception

8:00-8:50 am
Rise & Shine Yoga

9:00 am
Registration Opens

9:00-10:15 am
Panel 10

10:30-11:45 am
Panel 11

12:15-2:15 pm
Keynote 5


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PIELC Panel Schedule
Thursday, February 28
4:00 - 5:15 P.M. • PANEL 1
Topic Location
Climate Standing After Mass. v. EPA: Precedent, Pitfalls, and Pointers EMU Fir
Return of Jaguars to the American Southwest EMU Walnut
Motorized Public Lands: Fighting to Get Off the Road to Destruction EMU Maple
Public Lands No More? EMU Ben Linder
Environmental Laws and Law Practice of the Future – Some Truly Creative Speculating by Profs & Practicing Lawyers EMU Metolius
Land, Climate Justice, and Wildlife Conservation in Africa EMU Oak

6:00 – 8:15 P.M. • KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Speakers Location
Ed Whitelaw and Nnimmo Bassey EMU Ballroom
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Friday, March 1
9:00 – 10:15 A.M. • PANEL 2
Topic Location
CLIMATE CRISIS: Affluence, Materialism & Survival EMU Fir
Food Sovereignty as a Legal Concept EMU Walnut
The Clean Water Act on its 40th Birthday and the Supreme Court EMU Ben Linder
O&C Panel: Privatizing Public Forestlands? EMU Maple
Concerns about Coal Around the World EMU Metolius
Staking Your Claim: Challenging the New Mining Boom EMU Owyhee
Using Benefit-Cost Analysis in Superfund Remediation EMU Rogue
LNG Exports in Oregon: Proposals to Ship Gas to Asia EMU Umpqua
Endangered Species Act as a Pesticide Reform Tool EMU Oak

10:30 – 11:45 A.M. • PANEL 3
Topic Location
Building a Sustainable, Community-Oriented Food System EMU Walnut
Litigation and Media Synergy - Uranium Experience EMU Ben Linder
Nutrient Credit Trading & the Clean Water Act: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? EMU Metolius
Participating in the Market Without Sacrificing Your Ethics EMU Owyhee
The Federal Tax Deductibility of Gifts of Water Rights EMU Umpqua
Improving Air Quality in National Parks and Wilderness Areas EMU Oak

10:30 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. • WORKSHOP 1
Topic Location
Navigating the Criminal Courts: A Workshop for Activists & Attorneys EMU Fir
Collaboration for Environmental Advocates: When, How and Why EMU Maple
Burning Issues with Biomass and Biofuels EMU Rogue

12:30 – 2:15 P.M. • KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Speakers Location
Caleb Behn and Thuli Brilliance Makama EMU Ballroom

2:30 – 3:45 P.M. • PANEL 4
Topic Location
Extractives in Africa - At What Cost? EMU Fir
Tackling the Root of the Problem: Taking on Coal Mining in the American West EMU Ben Linder
Return of the Missing Lynx: Helping a Formerly Banished Wildcat Reclaim its Birthright in the West EMU Maple
Student Loan Repayment for Public Interest Lawyers EMU Metolius
Ten Common Mistakes to Avoid in Environmental Advocacy EMU Rogue
Should Environmental Groups Promote Logging to Restore Forests? EMU Oak
Law, Economics, and the Inescapable Consequences of Scarce Groundwater LAW 110
Lawyers as Campaigners: Non-Legal Skills that Help Win Cases LAW 141
Elk Creek Restoration Collaborative LAW 142
Stopping Tar Sands: Avoiding Climate and Environmental Disaster LAW 175
Advocacy and Litigation Through Administrative Petitions LAW 184
Sustainable Transportation Alternatives: How to Stop Building New Roads LAW 241
BOOK DISCUSSION: The Snail Darter & the Dam: How Pork-Barrel Politics Endangered a Little Fish and Killed a River LAW 242
Environmental Collaborative Governance: A Roundtable Discussion of the Practice, Its Payoffs, Pitfalls, and Prospects LAW 243
Constitutional Environmental Rights LAW 281
Sea Level Rise and Habitat Protection Many Nations Longhouse

4:00 – 5:15 P.M. • PANEL 5
Topic Location
Wolverines and the Endangered Species Act EMU Fir
EPA, Environmental Justice and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act EMU Walnut
Preserving Citizen Enforcement of Environmental Laws EMU Ben Linder
Factory Farm Year in Review EMU Maple
Real World Applications of Ecosystem-Based Manage­ment to Ocean and Coastal Challenges EMU Metolius
Looking Back for the Future: Why Traditional Envi­ronmental Law is Still Relevant EMU Oak
Beating Coal LAW 110
Environmental Sustainability and Justice -- South and North LAW 141
How to be an Activist Attorney LAW 142
Legal and Policy Changes to the Northwest Forest Plan LAW 175
Mining Impacts in Latin America and the Caribbean LAW 184
Shutting Down Nuclear Plants LAW 241
The BIGGEST Ticket for Restoring Public Lands in the Face of Climate Change: Curbing Livestock Grazing LAW 242
Social Media and Environmental Law LAW 243
Preserving Wild Salmon in the Face of Hatcheries Many Nations Longhouse

5:30 – 7:15 P.M. • KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Speakers Location
Jim Gerritsen and John C. Cruden EMU Ballroom
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Saturday, March 2
8:15 – 10:15 A.M. • ETHICS WORKSHOP
Topic Location
Ethics Workshop LAW 175

10:30 – 11:15 A.M. • WORKSHOP 2
Topic Location
REVISED – Move to Amend: A New Constitution for a New Society and Ecology (This workshop has been moved to Sunday at 10:30 AM and has been shortened to 75 minutes) LAW 241

9:00 – 10:15 • PANEL 6
Topic Location
Keep Nestlé Out of the Gorge: Legal and Campaign Update EMU Fir
Little Fish, Big Deal EMU Ben Linder
Unpaving Paradise: Fighting Freeways Through Ad­vocacy, Organizing, and Litigation EMU Maple
Unsustainable Energy Development & Infrastructure Challenges EMU Alsea
CGS: Last Nuclear Plant standing in the Pacific Northwest EMU Metolius
Why We Should Ditch the Ditch Bill: Wilderness Dams and the Impact of Easements EMU Oak
Galvanizing Today’s Youth: Law Students Teaching Environmental Law to Undergraduate & High School Students LAW 110
Utility Regulation and the Fight Against Coal LAW 141
Is it Really Legal to Poison Our Forests? LAW 142
Frontlines Activist Defense Updates LAW 241
Here’s Your Future: Building Goals for Environmental Law and Policy LAW 243
Protecting the Human Right to Water: A Global Perspective Many Nations Longhouse

10:30 – 11:45 A.M. • PANEL 7
Topic Location
What’s In Your Compost, Food, and Forests? EMU Fir
Offshore Oil Leasing—Slowing the Rush to Drill EMU Walnut
Rethinking Forest Health EMU Ben Linder
Media Matters: The Press and Public Interest Initiatives EMU Maple
Underwriters Underwater EMU Alsea
Getting Down in the Weeds with Oregon Wetlands Regulations EMU Metolius
Whistleblowers in the Nuclear Age: Supporting Agents of Change EMU Rogue
Using Courts to Protect America’s Last Red Wolves EMU Oak
Current Issues in Chinese Environmental Law and Policy: Part I LAW 110
Transitioning From Fossil Fuels LAW 141
Legal Challenges to Biological Opinions under the En­dangered Species Act LAW 142
Protecting Communities From The Impacts of Oil Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing LAW 175
Animal Factories & Antibiotic Resistance: What’s at Stake and What’s Being Done to Turn the Tide? LAW 184
False Claims Acts: Another Tool for Environmental Lawyers LAW 241
What Lawyers and Activists Need to Know About Grand Juries LAW 242
Sea Level Rise -- Addressing Potential Impacts with Local Solutions LAW 243
Forests and Protected Areas Under Threat: Internation­al Perspectives LAW 281

12:15 – 2:15 P.M. • KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Speakers Location
Hilton Kelley and Thomas Linzey EMU Ballroom

2:30 – 3:45 P.M. • PANEL 8
Topic Location
Eliminating Corporate Rights and Driving the Rights of Nature into Law EMU Fir
Pro Se and Proud! People Without Attorneys Going to Court to Enforce Public Interest Laws EMU Ben Linder
Successful Wolf Recovery in the West: The Rationales to Maintain Federal Protections EMU Maple
CAFO: Too Big To Succeed EMU Alsea
Suction Dredge Mining and Endangered Salmon EMU Metolius
Less than Equal? Congress’ Efforts to Deny Fee Recoveries under the Equal Access to Justice Act EMU Rogue
Coal Ash: A Toxic Gift to Future Generations, or the Achilles Heel of the Coal Industry? EMU Umpqua
It’s Still Chinatown: Groundwater Mining in the West EMU Oak
Ocean Acidification LAW 110
The Hidden Costs of Electricity: Why All of the Above Won’t Work LAW 141
Tar Sands Blockade: All the Tools in the ToolBox LAW 142
The 2012 National Forest Management Act Planning Rule LAW 175
Finding Space for Wave Energy in Oregon: A Marine Spatial Planning Update LAW 184
Restoring Celilo Falls LAW 241
Citizen’s Toolkit for Confronting the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex in the 21st Century LAW 242
Understanding Campaign Finance Reform: Public Perceptions, Legal Background, and the Path Forward LAW 243
Oil and Gas Development Spills into New Frontiers LAW 281

4:00 – 5:15 P.M. • PANEL 9
Topic Location
CEQA Year-in-Review EMU Walnut
Clean Air Act Year-in-Review EMU Maple
Reassessing Risk: The Future of Dispersants in Oil Spill Response EMU Metolius
Threats to Coastal Ecosystems EMU Oak
ESA Section 9 Take Cases - Updates and Case Studies LAW 110
Litigation and Negotiation: Solution-Oriented Strategies for Natural Resource Conflicts LAW 141
Establishing Oregon’s System of Marine Reserves LAW 142
FILM: Who Bombed Judi Bari? LAW 175
Climate Advocacy and the TRUST Campaign LAW 184
Talking to the Media: How to Get Your Story in the News LAW 241
Citizen Use of Public Records Laws LAW 242
Closing the Loop: Post-Logging Monitoring for Forest Defense LAW 243
Cities, Agriculture, and the Destruction of the Earth LAW 281
Current Issues in Chinese Environmental Law and Policy: Part II HEDCO Education Building

4:00 – 5:45 P.M. • WORKSHOP 3
Topic Location
No More Pleading for Environmental Protection: What Local Communities Are Already Doing to Protect Their Local Environment, and Rein in Corporate Power EMU Fir
Using Experts Effectively EMU Ben Linder
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Sunday, March 3
9:00 – 10:15 A.M. • PANEL 10
Topic Location
Cascadian Bioregionalism and the Indigenous Future LAW 110
Frost Protection and the ESA LAW 142
Contagion and Extinction LAW 141
The Elliott State Forest: How NGOs and the Grass­roots are Winning LAW 175
Local Climate Change Law LAW 184
NEW – Implementing Market-Based Climate Policies LAW 243

10:30 – 11:45 A.M. • PANEL 11
Topic Location
Wolves in the Far West: A legal and biological update of wolves in Washington, Oregon, California, and Mexican Wolves LAW 110
Without Further Delay: Reducing Climate Pollution under Existing LAW 142
Deep Green Resistance LAW 141
FILM: U.S. debut of “Unfair Game: The Politics of Poaching” a film by John Antonelli LAW 175
Dead Trees, Bugs, and Wildlife: Make Healthy Forest Ecosystems LAW 184
NEW Regulation of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining: Species Impacts, Specific Failures, and Ways to Move Forward LAW 242
REVISED Move to Amend: A New Constitution for a New Society and Ecology (This workshop was moved from the Workshop 2 time slot and has been shortened to 75 minutes)
LAW 241
NEW – Green Building and Smart Growth Initiatives
LAW 243

12:30 – 2:15 P.M. • KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Speakers Location
Eshe Sherley, Ashley Funk, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, and Gerald Torres LAW 175
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