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National Association of Environmental Law Societies 25th Annual Conference at Michigan Law March 23-24

Second annual Great Lakes Environmental Law Symposium in Chicago to focus on coal plants, alternative energy, and Canadian oil sands

The second annual Great Lakes Environmental Law Symposium, presented by IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in cooperation with the Chicago Park District, will be held Friday, March 30 at the law school in Chicago. The program begins at noon, and John W. Rowe, chairman and chief executive officer of Exelon Corporation and chairman of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Board of Trustees, will deliver the keynote address.

The annual environmental law symposium brings together a diverse group of experts on Great Lakes law and policy, including practicing attorneys, environmental specialists, law professors, state and federal regulators, and nonprofit conservation organizations. Following the announcement that Chicago’s Fisk and Crawford coal plants will shut down, panelists will discuss the future of coal power in Illinois and the Midwest. A panel on alternative energy will focus on legal issues, practicality, costs and concerns related to alternative energy sources in the Great Lakes region and beyond. Finally, representatives from both sides of the Canadian oil sands issue will discuss production and the probable economic, environmental and public health impact of expanded reliance on this source of energy. A networking reception will follow the program.

This program is eligible for 3.5 hours of MCLE credit. Registration is required. General admission is $25, $50 for those seeking MCLE credit, and $5 for students with current ID. Admission for IIT Chicago-Kent alumni is $15 or $45 for those seeking MCLE credit. For more information, see the symposium webpage or contact the IIT Chicago-Kent Environmental Law Society at greatlakessymposium@gmail.com.