• Professor Mary Wood to keynote UO environmental law conference

    Presentation to focus on themes from her latest work, “Nature’s Trust.”

    University of Oregon School of Law Professor Mary Wood will be a keynote speaker at the 2014 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC), “Running Into Running Out.” Wood is the Philip H. Knight Professor of Law and the faculty director for the school’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program.

    Wood frequently speaks on global climate change issues and originated the Atmospheric Trust Litigation (ATL) approach, which holds governments worldwide accountable for reducing carbon pollution within their jurisdictions. She has published extensively on climate crisis, natural resources and native law issues.

    Wood’s latest book, “Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age,” defines the frontiers of public trust law and maps out a full paradigm shift for the way in which government agencies manage public resources. Called a “profound assessment of the legitimate foundations of government” by Gerald Torres of Cornell Law School, the book reveals the dysfunction of current statutory law and calls upon citizens, government employees, legislators and judges to protect natural inheritance rightfully belonging to future generations as part of the public trust.

    Wood’s research currently is being used in lawsuits and petitions brought on behalf of children and youth throughout the United States and in other countries. These lawsuits, which seek judicial decrees enforcing carbon reduction, represent a “macro” approach to climate crisis calibrated to planetary requirements for climate equilibrium.

    The 2014 PIELC will take place February 27 through March 2 at the University of Oregon. “Running Into Running Out” conveys a sense of urgency that we must take greater action to prevent ourselves from running out of the resources necessary for survival. PIELC is an opportunity for lawyers, students, scientists, activists and citizens to gather and discuss issues critical to our planet. For additional information on the 32nd annual conference, visit http://pielc.org/.

  • 2014 PIELC to Feature Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Mary J. Pavel as keynote speaker

    marypavel1Mary J. Pavel will speak at Running Into Running Out: Public Interest Environmental Law Conference 2014, held at the University of Oregon.

    Mary J. Pavel was appointed as Staff Director and Chief Council of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs for the 113th Congress by Senator Maria Cantwell, the committee’s first ever Chairwoman, on January 14, 2013. Pavel, a member of the Skokomish Tribe of the state of Washington, is an expert on Tribal law and policy.

    A graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Washington School of Law, Pavel became one of the first Native American women to be made a partner in a National Indian Law Firm. She joined Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry in 1992 and became a partner in January 1999. Pavel is the Founding President of the Native American Bar Association of Washington, D.C., and is a member of both the Washington State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association.

  • 2014 PIELC to Feature Columbia University Professor Dr. James Hansen

    Dr. James Hansen will speak at Running Into Running Out: Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) 2014, held February 27th through March 2nd at the University of Oregon.

    James Hansen, the former Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute where he directs a program on Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions.

    Trained in physics and astronomy at the University of Iowa, James was elected to the Academy of Sciences in 1995, and in 2006 was designated by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people on Earth. Dr. Hansen’s research has focused on the human impact on the global climate, and has helped people understand the irreversible impact that out decisions and behavior are having on our planet.

    The 2014 PIELC will take place February 27 through March 2 at the University of Oregon. This year’s theme of “Running into Running Out” conveys a sense of urgency that we must take greater action to prevent ourselves from running out of the resources necessary for survival. PIELC is an opportunity for lawyers, students, scientists, activists and citizens to gather and discuss issues critical to human well-being.

  • 2014 PIELC to Feature Green Party Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein

    Jill SteinDr. Jill Stein will keynote at Running Into Running Out: Public Interest Environmental Law Conference 2014, held at the University of Oregon.

    Jill Stein is a mother, physician, and pioneering environmental-health advocate and was the Green Party’s 2012 Presidential Candidate. She has been on the front lines of battles for social, economic and environmental justice, fighting to end foreclosures and student debt, for health care and education as human rights, to stop dangerous fossil fuel and nuclear power, and to create 25 million healthy, community-based green jobs instead.

    Jill was trained as a clinical doctor and served for decades as an instructor in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School. She began to advocate for the environment as a human health issue in 1998, when revelations of pervasive human breast milk contamination and toxic pollution of the fetal environment first emerged. She provided medical and scientific support to groups fighting toxic exposures, environmental injustice and racism, including campaigns to shut down polluting trash incinerators while creating recycling programs, to ban toxic pesticides, to clean up coal plants, and put people to work in weatherization programs. She also helped update fish advisories in Massachusetts to better protect women and children from dangerous mercury contamination.

    Jill co-authored two widely-praised scientific reports, In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development, published in 2000, and Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging, published in 2009.

    Jill’s efforts to protect public health were recognized in several awards including: Clean Water Action’s Not in Anyone’s Backyard Award, the Children’s Health Hero Award, and the Toxic Action Center’s Citizen Award.