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Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene, MARCH 6-9TH 2008

2008 represents not only a critical juncture in the political arena of the U.S., but in the social, ecological, and environmental climate in every community throughout the world. The need for motivation, organization, and mobilization of citizens across the globe to curb climate change has never been greater. With PIELC 2008, we hope to do our part by spreading the message and strengthening the cause, encouraging attorneys and activists, and all concerned citizens around the globe, to come together, sound the sirens, and seek solutions to a crisis that threatens us all. We compel YOU! to be a part of the solution to climate change - to be part of our climate of change.
About the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

It is Taking Place at the U of O Law School in Eugene.

From an initial gathering of just fifteen speakers and seventy-five participants in 1983, we have grown to become the world's most important environmental law conference.

With assistance from keynoters, panelists, and participants alike, we plan to inspire a renewed commitment to collaboration and outreach among conference attendees. We expect the conference to enhance the success of environmental lawyers and to contribute to a more vigorous movement that resonates across society.

The Public Interest Environmental Law Conference is AN annual gathering for environmentalists worldwide, and is distinguished as the oldest and largest of its kind. The Conference historically unites more than 3,000 activists, attorneys, students, scientists, and concerned citizens from over 50 countries around the globe to share their experience and expertise. The Conference is organized solely by the volunteers of Land Air Water (LAW), a student environmental law society, and is sponsored by Friends of Land Air Water (FLAW), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

The four-day Conference includes over 125 panels, workshops, and multi-media presentations addressing a broad spectrum of environmental law and advocacy. Topics include: forest protection and ecological restoration, grazing and mining reform, labor and human rights, air and water pollution, Native American treaty rights, globalization and "free" trade, environmental justice, corporate responsibility, marine wilderness, international environmental law, water rights and dam removal, oil and gas litigation, genetic engineering, and urban growth.

Each day of the Conference culminates with keynote presentations from preeminent activists, scientists, politicians, philosophers, and authors. Past keynote speakers include Robert Kennedy, Ralph Nader, David Brower, Terry Tempest Williams, Ward Churchill, Vandana Shiva, Paul Watson, Winona LaDuke, Gerry Spence, Ramona Africa, Paul Hawken, and several recipients of the international Goldman Environmental Prize.

The Conference has become an event full of energy, innovation, and inspiration for all of us involved in the environmental movement. Whether you are a seasoned Conference attendee or a first-time participant, we look forward to seeing you in March!


Thursday, March 6
Afternoon Panels 3:45 - 5:00 P.M.
Forests & Climate Change: Myths and Realities
Public Trust: Tapping the Potential of the Common Law Trust
Creating Sustainable Food Systems for Institutions: New Tools and Perspectives
Community Based Fishery Management in Oregon

Friday, March 7
Combining Litigation and Grassroots Organizing in the Fight Against Mountaintop Removal Mining
Profiling Intrusions on Community Action Groups, Activists and Citizens
CWA Litigation in a Post-Rapanos World
A More Sustainable Farm Bill in 2008?
Water, Conflict, and Global Warming
Wilderness Law, Policy, and Updates
Show Me the Money: Economic Analysis and Critical Habitat Designation
The Legacy Roads Remediation Initiative and What it Means for the USFS Establishing Marine Reserves to Sustain Oregon's Coastal Legacy
Industrial Hemp: A Fiber Alternative to Trees
Perspectives on Collaboration: What Have We Learned? How Can We Do it Better?
Climate Change + Environmental Justice = Climate Justice

LATE MORNING PANELS 10:30 - 11:45 A.M.
Culvert Case: Implications for the Future
Energy Development Above All Else: An Update from the Front Lines in the Intermountain West
Global Warming Policy: Global to Local/Local to Global
Follow the Yellowcake Road: Updates on the Uranium Mining and Milling Boom
Natural Capital: Preparing for Adaptation to Global Warming
Building a Sustainable Future: Payments for Ecosystem Services
Environmental Crimes in the New Millennium
Demanding Cleaner Air: Tactics to Obtain and Enforce Effective State Implementation Plans
Leading Issues in Forest Service and BLM Travel Management Planning
National Forest Issues and Litigation: A Nationwide Perspective

Indigenous Sacred Estates: Protecting the Climate at Home
Land Use, Energy Depletion, and Climate Change: Opportunities for Action
Solving the Energy Crisis: Are We Making the Right Policy Decisions?
Pacific Northwest Old Growth Protection and Forest Restoration Legislation
Bends in the River: New Developments in Clean Water Act Policy and Litigation
Tribal Wilderness Land and Conservation Easements
Western Oregon Plan Revision
Scorched Earth: Firefighters Confront Global Warming in the Age of Megafires
Discarding the Definition of Solid Waste
Managing the Floodwaters: Innovations in Stormwater and Wastewater Treatment
Questioning Tomorrow: The Green Anarchy Movement
Appropriate Recreation on Our Public Lands: What's the Right Amount and When is Enough Enough?
Fact-finding and Discovery in Environmental Litigation

ESA Section 9 Actions Against State Agencies Roundtable
Community Environmental Monitoring Advances and the Global Movement of Bucket Brigades
Water Conservation Transactions and Programs
Bulldozing the Backcountry
Responding to Government Sponsored Terrorism: the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and the Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act
Building a Better Atmosphere: Legislative & Agency Responses to Global Warming
Teddy Roosevelt Rides Again
Air Pollution from Ships: Legal Strategies for a Global Problem
Sagebrush Sea Conservation and Restoration Act
Ripeness in Facial Rule Challenges and Site-Specific Actions
Student Involvement in Environmental Activism

Saturday, March 8
Offshore Oil Exploration, Inupiat Eskimos and Environmental Justice
Biofuels: Critiquing the Craze
Practicing Public Interest Law in Private Practice
Putting Dole Foods on Trial: DBCP and Banana Plantations
Federal Legislation: Public Lands Issues in the 110th Congress
Severe Fire in Forests: A New Paradigm
Tragedy of the Commons Revisited
Challenges to Sustainable Aquaculture
Know Your Political Clients: Particular Issues in Representing Activists
CEQA Update
Public Citizens and "Barefoot Lawyering"; The Future of Environmental Protection?
Lawyering for Environmental Justice and Social Change

LATE MORNING PANELS 10:30 - 11:45 A.M.
The Long Simmering Conflict Between the Indians and Enviros: The Makah Whaling Controversy and Other Flashpoints
LNG, Energy Corridors, and Corporate Politics: Legal Strategies for Resisting New Fossil Fuels
The Real Climate Debate: Cap & Trade or Carbon Fee
The Endangered Species Crisis and the Exotic Animal Industry
Reducing Our Carbon Footprint through Urban Gardening
Human Health Assessment in NEPA: Duty, Vision, and Collaboration
Got Manure? Keeping the Crap
NAFTA 's Assault on Sacred Lands and the Environment
Making Good Administrative Records Through Public Comment Periods
Environmental Dispute Resolution Techniques: When and How they Work, and How You Can Apply Them
Clearcutting the Climate
Ecofeminism: What it is and Why it Matters

Native Environmental Justice
Exxon Valdez Legacy: A Case of Justice Denied & Opportunities to Restore Justice into the Legal System
Nuclear Resurgence: Global Climate Change and Nuclear Power
To Thin or Not to Thin
Bambi on the Run: Motorized Abuse of Wildlife
Protecting National Parks and Wilderness Areas from Coal-Fired Power Plant Emissions
Clean Water Act Year in Review
Lake Baikal 2008: Challenges and Opportunities for Siberia's Sacred Sea
Human Rights, Environment, and Corporate Accountability
Water Rights as Public Rights - Prior Appropriation as if People Mattered
Land Use Law as a (Paying) Career to Protect the Environment

Tribes as Trustees: The Emerging Role in the Global Conservation Trust Movement
Climate Change and Land Use: Addressing Climate Change at the Local Level
Direct Action is Fun!
Livestock's Long Shadow: The Environmental Consequences of Eating Meat
Challenging Big Coal: Tackling Coal Mines from Alaska to the Atlantic
Environmental Law Clinics: Views From the Inside
Connecting People Working Toward a Sustainable Future
Hide and CEQA: Inadequate Disclosure
Brownfields Revitalization, Gentrification, and Equitable Development
Vanishing Laws and Rising Walls
Litigating Post-Fire Logging

Sunday, March 9
CAFO Grief: Using Tax Grieving Procedures to Protest CAFOs
Grassroots Resistance to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
The Forgotten Costs of Oil Industry in Alaska

Late Morning Panels 10:30 - 11:45 A.M.
Natural Born Killers: The Government's War on Top Carnivores (NEEDS TO BE RESCHEDULED FOR A DIFFERENT DAY)
After Winning in Court: Compliance with Judicial Orders in Environmental Cases in South Asia
Triple Crisis: Climate Change, Peak Oil, Resource Depletion
Rural Outreach