Loyola Law Review Symposium - Perspectives on Environmental Justice

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2012

Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Contact: Amy Bryson · asbryson@loyno.edu

Location: College of Law, Room 308

Environmental Justice, as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is "the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies." This year, Loyola's Law Review Symposium will examine the history and recent developments of Environmental Justice, both nationally and locally. Our elite panel of attorneys, professors, and activists will analyze the groundbreaking "Plan EJ 2014: Legal Tools," a document of legal standards and directives released by the EPA in December 2011 that provides the positioning and leverage to promote the agency's Environmental Justice initiatives. Speakers include keynote speaker, Lisa F. Garcia, Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Environmental Justice with the EPA as well as Dr. Robert Bullard, Dean of Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University and Judith Koons, Associate Professor at Barry University School of Law.  The Symposium will also discuss the evolution of Environmental Justice directly from the people who lived it.  The social and ecological aspects of Environmental Justice are also considered. In addition, local practitioners and activists will describe legal developments in the region, from the impact of the recent BP Oil Spill to long-standing litigation affecting underrepresented communities that has drawn international attention.

Departments

  • Law
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