The National Association of Environmental Law Societies (NAELS) 25th Annual Conference is this week, March 23-24, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The theme of the conference is “Environmental Law at the Crossroad: 25 Years Back, 25 Years Forward.” NAELS is an international network of law student groups and professionals working to design and implement innovative energy and environmental solutions through education, law, policy, and advocacy. Founded in Ann Arbor in 1988 by environmental law students and professors, NAELS is thrilled to celebrate its 25th Annual Conference back where it all began - at the University of Michigan Law School. (Nope, I wasn’t around the law school back in 1988, but I chaired the Michigan Environmental Law Society in 1996-1997.)
Keynote and featured speakers include Bob Perciasepe (Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), Professor Richard Lazarus (Harvard Law School), and John Cruden (President, Environmental Law Institute). Along with Professor Reed Benson (University of New Mexico School of Law), I’ll be leading a session titled “Blue Gold: The Future of Great Lakes Water.” (For complete details and schedule, see the conference brochure). The conference is free and open to the public, and co-sponsored by the Michigan Law School’s Environmental Law Society and Environmental Law & Policy Program.