Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
University of Oregon School of Law
Eugene, Oregon
2010 PIELC Panels and Events
Updated with links to panel recordings and documents.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25: Photos available here
2:00 p.m. • Registration opens

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. • Empowering the Next Generation of Wildlife Warriors

3:45 – 5:00 p.m. • Late Afternoon Panels
• Grassroots Opposition to LNG in Oregon: Bridging the Gap Between Public and Private Lands [Video]
• Water is Life! – Indigenous Water Protection and Indigenous Law: Case Studies from Montana Tribal Water Rights Negotiations and British Columbia
• The West Coast Governors’ Agreement on Ocean Health: Early Successes and Future Action
• Endocrine Disrupting Chemical Pollution in the United States [audio]
• Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) – Creation of New Challenges to Biodiversity Protection
• Stress Relief: How Emotional Freedom Techniques Can Make You Happier and Healthier

5:45 – 6:30 P.M. • Movie: Coal Country

7:00 – 9:00 P.M. • Keynote Speakers: Steven Donziger and Terri Irwin & Craig Franklin

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26: Photos available here
8:00 a.m. • Registration opens

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.. • Early Morning Panels
• Trading Material Growth for Time Affluence as a Path to Sustainability
• Coal Combustion Waste Regulation: Developments Since the Kingston TVA Ash Disaster
• Sustainable Forestry: Multiple Perspectives
• Public Interest Environmental Litigation: Perspectives from Abroad [Video]
• Mining in South America: Argentina, Brazil, and Chile
• International Tiger Conservation
• Voluntary Federal Public Land Grazing Permit Retirement Legislation
• Wolf Recovery in the West
• Beyond Growth: Peaked Oil, Climate Chaos, Steady State Economics [Video]
• Sustainability Practice Groups
• Copenhagen: Success or Failure?
• Attorney Fees After Buckhannon: Updates and Strategies
• Mining the Last Frontier: The Environmental, Social, and Cultural Impacts of Hardrock Mining in Alaska
• Diverse Approaches to Bicycle Advocacy [Video]
• Wild Nature or Motorized Mayhem: Off-Road Vehicles on Public Lands
• Klamath Basin: Dam Removal and Basinwide Restoration
• Stormwater: Legal Tools and Strategies for Reducing Runoff
• Harassment of Public Interest Clients and Law Clinics: What Can You Do to Stop This?

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.. • Late Morning Panels
• Rethinking The Suburban City
• The Epicenter of Climate Change: Exposing Coal’s Externalities
• The Ethical Responsibility for Development of Public Lands in This Era of Sustainability
• Imagine a World Without Waste
• Roads & Clean Water: New Tools for an Old Problem
• Using Existing Law to Get to 350 and Avert Climate Catastrophe [Video]
• The Clean Air Hammer Falls: Revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards
• Conservation Biology in Managing Perpetually Preserved Lands
• Restoring Clear-Cut Forests Into Native Habitats
• Non-Violent Direct Action Training
• The Role of Federal Acknowledgment in Protecting Sacred Lands
• Strategies for Conserving Forest Carbon [Video]
• Protecting Animals in a Lawless Land [Video part 1] [Video part 2]
• What’s the Story? Getting Your Environment News to the Media

12:00 p.m. • Lunch

12:15 – 2:00 p.m. • Keynote Speakers: Charles Wilkinson and Maria Gunnoe

2:15 – 3:30 p.m. • Early Afternoon Panels
• What’s the Economy For, Anyway? (Film and Discussion)
• Research Highlights from the Oregon Law Bowerman Fellows: Restrictive Covenants [ PDF ], Instream Flows [ PDF ], and Atmospheric Trust Litigation [ PDF ] [Video]
• How to Help Environmentally Friendly Local Elected Officials
• Putting Teeth Back Into Oregon’s Environmental Laws
• Oregon Land Use Law: Past, Present, and Future [ PDF ]
• Working with Non-Traditional Allies: Strategies for Advancing Public Interest Environmental Causes
• Rogue River Dam Removals [Video]
• Mobile Meat Processing: New Infrastructure Options for Real Food [Video]
• Forest Biomass Burning: Climate and Civilization Up in Smoke
• The Rebirth of Environmentalism: Lessons in Effectiveness from the Grassroots
• Using the Clean Air Act to Wrangle the Oil and Gas Industry
• Siskiyou Wild Rivers: Preserving Oregon’s Most Biologically Diverse Area [Video]
• Workshop: Nuts and Bolts of Fighting Strip Mines [audio]
• Future of the Forest Service: Restoration and Changing Climate
• The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act: The Law, Current Case Updates, and How to Save Animals in the Face of Government Repression
• Wildlife Protection on National Forests Under the Obama Administration
• What a Year! An Overview of Pesticide Reform Achievements in 2009-Early 2010 [ PDF 1 ] [ PDF 2 ] [ PDF 3 ] [ PDF 4 ]
• Legal Tremors in the Lead-Up to Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympic Games

3:45 – 5:00 p.m. • Late Afternoon Panels
• Challenging Big Coal on Public and Tribal Lands in the Western U.S.
• Nuts and Bolts of Setting Up a Private Public Interest Practice
• Conservation Easements and Climate Change
• Ending Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining in Appalachia
• Beyond Pavement: Collaborative Partnerships for Livable
and Sustainable Communities
• Health Impact Assessment in NEPA/SEPAs [ PDF ] [Video]
• Climate Policy: Oregon Opinion Research Sidesteps Ideological Stalemate
• Using Your Federal Open Government Laws: FOIA, Open Meetings, and Whistleblower Protection Laws
• Climate Camouflage for Logging: Biomass, Thinning for "Mega-Fires," and Carbon Credits for Clearcutting
• Uranium Mining and Milling: Addressing the Issues on All Fronts
• Dam Removal Is Restoring Northwest Watersheds
• Greening the Grid: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Generation, and Transmission [Video]
• The Poop on Factory Farms: Lawyers and Citizens Take on Big Ag’s Pollution [audio]
• Securing Injunctive Relief in a Post-Winter Landscape
• The St. Louis Riverview Casino Project: Struggling Between Short-Term Economic Development and Environmental Protection
• Navigating the Criminal Courts: A Guide for Activists and Lawyers
• Giving the Public a Voice: Procedural Environmental Rights

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. • Student Reception

5:15 – 6:45 p.m. • Movies: King Corn and Big River

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. • Indigenous Peoples Reception

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. • Dinner

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Keynote Speakers: Anuradha Mittal and Patricia Cochran

9:00 p.m. • PIELC Celebration

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27: Photos available here
8:00 a.m. • Registration opens

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Workshop

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. • Early Morning Panels
• The Myth of Catastrophic Wildfire: Discovering the Ecological Importance of High Intensity Forest Fires
• Bird Conservation Challenges in the Pacific Northwest
• Slowing the Natural Gas Rush in California
• Chill the Drills: Terrestrial Arctic Conservation in a Warming World
• Renewable Energy Connections: Hawai’i’s Inter-Island Cable
• Communications that Move People to Act (or Give)
• Markets for Ecosystem Services
• Reassessing Aquaculture Feedlots: Are We Replicating the Worst of Factory Farms on Land in Our Marine Environment? [ PDF ]
• The Energy Trilemma: Environment, Costs, and Reliability
• Direct Action for the Environment
• Roadside Spray in Oregon: A Poisonous Obsession
• Whale Conservation on the West Coast
• Water Scarcity and Abundance in the Pacific Northwest
• Creating Resilient Neighborhoods
• Dust in the Era of Climate Change [ PDF ]

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. • Ocean Law Reception

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. • Workshop
Collaborative Intrusions on Indigenous Domains

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. • Late Morning Panels
• Campaign to Legalize Democracy: Move to Amend the U.S. • Constitution and Abolish Corporate Personhood
• International Climate Change Law After Copenhagen
• Protecting the Northwest from the Plan to Use Hanford as a National Radioactive Waste Dump
• Mining in Central America: People’s Rights or Corporate Rights?[Video]
• The Klamath Settlement: Why It Makes Sense [ PDF ] [Video]
• Offshore Oil Development in a Warming Arctic
• Endangered Species In Extremis: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies for Vanishing Habitat
• Moral and Legal Leverage in Pesticide Activism
• The Coal Rush Is Not Dead Yet: How to Fight Proposed Coal Power Plants
• Liberia, Ghana, and the U.S.: Collaborating for a Clean Environment [Video]
• Crispy Critters: Spotted Owl Use of Burned Forests and Implications for Post-Fire Management
• Women in Environmental Law: We’ve Come a Long Way Baby, But Are We Going Anywhere?
• Direct Action’s Many Forms
• International Health and Human Rights
• Ocean Law and Policy
• Species Richness and Ocean Productivity in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem
• Our Coast, Our Future: Restoring Coastal Louisiana
• Unnecessary Risks and Unnecessary Dams: Patagonia's Wild Rivers Under Siege [ PDF ]

12:00 p.m. • Lunch

12:15 – 2:00 p.m. • Keynote Speakers: Marc Ona Essangui and Ramona Africa

2:00 – 5:00 p.m. • Spencers Butte Hike

2:15 – 3:30 p.m. • Early Afternoon Panels
• The Public Trust: 1,500 Years Old and Still Kicking [audio]
• Environmental Law in China: Modern History, Context, and the Public Interest
• If You Aren’t at the Table, You Are on the Menu: The Role of Intervention in Environmental Litigation [Video]
• Holy Crap! Federal, State, and Community Responses to Animal Factories [PDF] [audio]
• Reconnect: Connecting Fragmented Landscapes to Preserve Biodiversity [audio]
• Critical Habitat: Science or Politics [ PDF ]
• Deforestation: Consequences and Responses to a Global Issue
• Stopping the Alaskan Coal Rush [Video]
• Domestic Updates in Climate Change Law: The Consequences and Proposed Solutions
• Mining in the Klamath-Siskiyou: A Toxic Legacy and Current Threats
• Tribal Court Jurisdiction: A Story of Race, Land, and Federal Second-Guessing
• Geothermal Energy: Green Panacea or Pandora’s Box [audio]
• Reinventing the Grid, Protecting the Land: Renewable Energy in the West
• Creating New National Parks: The Role of the Public [Video]
• Gender Trouble in the Forest: Women, Trans, and Other Queer Activists, or Organizing for Anti-Oppression
• Legal Leverage for Stopping Clear-Cuts and Spraying Forests [audio]
• Marine Spatial Planning
• Clean Water Act Year in Review

3:45 – 5:00 p.m. • Late Afternoon Panels
• Climate Justice [audio]
• Nearshore Planning and Conservation Efforts as Economic Development Opportunities
• Coal Free Northwest
• Human Rights and Sustainable Livelihoods: An Integrated Relief and Recovery Movement for Post-Earthquake Haiti [audio]
• How To Create a Legal Framework To Regain Democratic Local Control: Experiences from Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County
• Why Administrative Appeals Are Necessary in Public Lands Management [ PDF ]
• Animal Agriculture’s Impact on the Climate
• Should Nestlé Open a Water Bottling Facility in the Columbia River Gorge?
• Sage Grouse: Spotted Owl of the Desert
• ReCoding Oregon: Actions to Legalize Sustainable Building and Land Use [Video]
• Bring Back the Buffalo
• Filthy Lucre 4 Lovely Landscapes
• Governmental Attempts at Repression of Environmental Activists [Video]
• LNG Opposition Litigation in Oregon [Video]
• Clean Air Act: Year in Review
• Ecology, Resilience, and Restoration in Oregon’s Eastside Forests
• Baby NEPAs Grow Teeth: Adding Bite to Environmental Review

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. • L.L.M. Reception

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. • UO Alumni Reception

5:15 – 6:45 p.m. • Movie: The Garden

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. • Dinner

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Keynote Speakers: David Kirby and Trip Van Noppen

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28: Photos available here
9:00 a.m. • Registration opens

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. • Early Morning Panels
• Another Lesson from Copenhagen [Video] [audio]
• Eastern Oregon Forest Restoration Legislation [Video] [audio]
• Tribes vs. Enviros/Enviros vs. Tribes
• Making Use of Underutilized Tools for Protecting Water Quality[Video]
• Putting Your Trust in Washington Land Management Decisions
• Reclaiming the Climate Movement

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. • Late Morning Panels
• Fire, Forest Carbon, and Climate Change
• The Rise of Alternative and Parallel Economies [Video] [audio]
• California Water Heist 2010 [Video]
• Producing Fuel-Efficient Stoves: Legal and Cultural Issues [Video]
• Environmental and Socioeconomic Benefits of Decentralized Power Generation
• Requiring Stormwater Retrofits Under the Clean Water Act
• Border Tariffs, Climate Change, and the WTO: Unilateral Trade Measures by Greenhouse Gas Regulating States

12:15 – 2:00 p.m. • Keynote Speakers: Rizwana Hasan and Peter DeFazio


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