Energy Center to Sponsor Students at Harvard Environmental Justice Conference

The Energy Center will sponsor two UT Law students to attend this year’s National Association of Environmental Law Societies conference, being hosted by Harvard Law School’s Environmental Law Society on March 28-29.

Applying: The sponsorship is open to all UT Law students with a commitment to environmental law.  To apply, students should submit a resume and short letter (one page) explaining their interest in environmental justice to Jeremy Brown at jeremybrown@law.utexas.edu by Monday March 3 at 5 pm.

About the Sponsorship:  The Energy Center will cover travel expenses, hotel for up to three nights, and registration fees, if applicable.  The center’s administrative assistant will work with students to make travel bookings.

About the Conference: In recognition of the 20th anniversary of President Clinton’s Executive Order on Environmental Justice, the theme will be “Environmental Justice: Where Are We Now?” The conference will focus on three themes: progress on the goals of environmental justice, social justice aspects of today’s national and international environmental movements, and strategies to ensure that environmental justice is a priority in future environmental work.  Conference highlights include:

  • A keynote address by Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Friday evening
  • A plenary address by the “father of environmental justice,” Dr. Robert Bullard
  • An interview with UT Law’s Gerald Torres, who, as counsel to the Attorney General, drafted the President’s groundbreaking Executive Order on Environmental Justice,
  • Presentations by Professor Michael Gerrard, Columbia University, and Professor James Grijalva, University of North Dakota School of Law
  • Panels with environmental justice community leaders from around the country, including, among others, Peggy Shepard, Executive Director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, based on West Harlem, NY, Pamela Bush, Lead Organizer of the Greater Four Corners Action Coalition, in Dorchester, MA, Kalila Barnett, Executive Director of Alternatives for Community and Environment, and Caroline Farrell, Executive Director, Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment, Delano and San Francisco, CA, and
  • An event honoring the life and career of Luke Cole, co-founder of the Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment