Climate change to be focus of annual Red Clay Conference

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

iter: Cindy Herndon , 706/542-5172, cindyh@uga.edu
Contact: Elizabeth Long , 205/910-8727, lizlong@uga.edu

Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia School of Law's Environmental Law Association will host its 20th Annual Red Clay Conference titled "Can Red Clay Go Green? Adapting Law and Policy in the Face of Climate Change" on April 4. Starting at 8:30 a.m. in Dean Rusk Hall on North Campus, the symposium is free and open to the public.

The conference will include panels on topics such as climate change law and policy both in Georgia and on a national and international scale, the environmental impact of climate change and energy policy, the potential of an alternative renewable source of energy in Georgia and the Southeast, and new opportunities in the private sector generated by climate change.

"Anyone and everyone with an interest in our environment should attend," conference organizer and second-year law student Elizabeth M. Long said. "Climate change is a rapidly progressing field of law and policy. The issues to be discussed at the conference have implications for us all."

The day-long event will also include keynote speeches by climate change specialist David Hunter, American University assistant professor of law, as well as by David D. Caron, the co-director of the Law of the Sea Institute and University of California at Berkley Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law.

"Through our focus on climate change, we hope to advance the knowledge of the community and Georgia attorneys concerning one of the most up and coming areas of law," Long said.

Registration information and a detailed schedule can be found on the conference's Web site at www.law.uga.edu/redclay . CLE credits for attorneys are available for a fee.

Sponsored by the Environmental Law Association, the Red Clay Conference was established to increase public awareness of environmental issues of regional, national and international significance through a series of educational presentations and open forum discussions.

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