Our Climate: The Only Constant is Change serves as the theme of UF Law’s 24th Annual UF Law Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, February 8 – 10th, 2018. Focusing on Florida, the Conference explores the climate crisis across a wide range of issues, all through the lens of law and policy. The Conference opens on Thursday evening with Professor Maxine Burkett, an expert on climate migration and relocation from the University of Hawaii. Professor Michael Gerrard, noted expert on climate change law and litigation from Columbia University, Dr. Glenn Morris, Director of the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute, and Mr. David Zierden, Florida State Climatologist will speak at Friday’s opening plenary. For a special Friday lunchtime event, Professor Mary Christina Wood, will join via video conference from the University of Oregon to provide an overview and update on the path breaking atmospheric climate litigation brought by Our Children’s Trust. Cynthia Barnett, noted author and journalist will be the keynote banquet speaker on Friday evening. Interdisciplinary panels and workshops will address decarbonization, shifting species distributions, sea level rise, climate and public health, local governments, universities and the Paris Agreement, food security and production, water resources, and climate advocacy. A special Saturday workshop will feature an inspiring group of Millennials Making their Mark who will talk about their career paths, which may be of particular interest to students wondering how they can “do well while doing good.”
A complete agenda and registration is available at http://ufpiec.org. Registration is free to UF faculty, staff and students for all of the conference except the Friday evening banquet, which costs is $50 per person. Seats for the Friday evening banquet tend to sell out, so we encourage you to register for this soon if you are interested.