Conference to explore intersection of public health and environmental law

February 7, 2014

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Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia School of Law's 26th Annual Red Clay Conference, titled "Healthy Planet, Healthy People: Conversations from Environmental Law and Public Health Perspectives," will be held Feb. 28 starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Larry Walker Room of Dean Rusk Hall on North Campus. The daylong symposium will address the intersection of public health and environmental law.

Rena Steinzor, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law, will deliver the keynote address at 2:30 p.m. Steinzor has written extensively on the efforts to reinvent environmental regulation in the U.S., the use and misuse of science in environmental policy and the devolution of legal and administrative authority to the states. She also serves as the president of the Center for Progressive Reform, which is comprised of scholars from across the country who are dedicated to preserving the fundamental value of the life and health of human beings and the natural environment.

There will be four panel sessions covering topics including urban design, agricultural policy, water quality, and litigation and regulation. Panelists for these sessions will include Patrise Perkins-Hooker, general counsel and vice president for Atlanta BeltLine; Joel McKie, agriculture practice group leader at the law firm Hall Booth Smith; Juliet Cohen, general counsel for the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper; and Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, executive director of GreenLaw.

This event is $10, or free for members of the UGA community. The conference will offer five CLE credits for attorneys for $45.

For more information or to register for the event, see or contact Suzanne T. Lewis at

Sponsored by the law school's Environmental Law Association, the Red Clay Conference was established to increase public awareness of environmental issues of regional, national and international significance through a series of educational presentations and open forum discussions.

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