Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
University of Oregon School of Law
Eugene, Oregon

2011 PIELC Panels and Events
Updated with links to panel recordings and documents.

New Schedule!





P1: 3:45-5:00 p.m.

P2: 9:00-10:15 a.m.

8:15 Ethics Workshop

P10: 9:00-10:15 a.m.

K1: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

P3: 10:30-11:45 a.m.

P6: 9:00-10:15 a.m.

P11: 10:30–11:45 a.m.


K2: 12:30-2:15 p.m.

P7: 10:30-11:45 a.m.

K5 12:15 – 2:15 p.m.


P4: 2:30-3:45 p.m.

K4: 12:30-2:15 p.m.



P5: 4:00-5:15 p.m.

P8: 2:30-3:45 p.m.



K3: 5:30- 7:30 p.m.

P9: 4:00-5:15 p.m.



9:00 p.m. Doors Open to the PIELC Celebration!

5:30p.m. Student Reception*



5:30 p.m Indigenous Peoples Reception*

6:30: Alumni Reception

P = Panels
K = Keynote Speakers
*= Note the change from Friday to Saturday



Panel One (3:45 p.m. - 5:00)

  • Biomass Incineration: Impacts on Ecosystems, Energy, and Economy, (Organized by Samantha Chirillo)
  • Subsistence Rights: Humanity in Food and Farming, (Organized by Andhi Reyna)
  • Challenging Firestone Liberia's environmental abuses, ELAW (Organized by Mark Chernaik)
  • Forest Service Travel Management:  Litigation Trends and Next Steps, (Organized Jane Steadman)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS (6:00 p.m. - 8:00)

  • Lynn Henning, Environmental Impacts of CAFOs, 2010 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner
  • Matt Briggs, writer, producers, and director of the movie "Deep Green." Keynote will also include a screening of the movie.


Panel Two (9:00 a.m. - 10:15)

  • Bowerman Fellow & Breakfast
  • Citizen Stormwater: Cleaning Up Point and Non-Point Sources (Organized of Claire Tonry)
  • BP Oil Spill Litigation, (Organized by Jacki Lopez)
  • Tar Sands, (Organized by Robert O’Halloran Jr. & Elizabeth Brown)
  • Forage fish and the food web - issues and challenges, (Organized by Paul Engelmeyer)
  • Guide to Using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), (Organized by Gerry Pollet)
  • Wolves, Cougars, and Hunting: Can Fish & Game Agencies Manage Predators? (Organized by George Wuerthner)
  • Public Land Range Management: Change is Coming, (Organized by Jim Catlin)
  • Peak Forests—Biomass as a Source of Electricity, (Organized by Toby Thaler)
  • Oregon's Coastal State Forests: Safeguarding Our Ecosystem Services, (Organized by Nick Cady)
  • Endangered Species Act Listing, (Organized by Jay Tuchton)
  • Extending US Environmental Laws to US Actions Abroad, (Organized by Doug Norlen & Brendan Cummings)
  • Reinventing Environmental Law to Encourage the Development of Clean Technologies, (Organized by Jack Jacobs)

Panel Three (10:30 a.m. - 11:45)

  • Protecting Pinyon-Juniper: Great Basin Trees Targeted for Biomas, (Organized by Katie Fite)
  • Energy Law & Policy in the Rockies: the Year in Review, (Organized by Mike Chiropolos)
  • Specialized Environmental Law Courts in China, ELAW (Organized by Rob Westfall)
  • Recycling - For Saving Our Energy Resources & Green Jobs (Organized by Micheal Sunanda)
  • Formerly Used Defense Sites Clean-up (organized by Beth Wooten)
  • Challenging Corporate Power, (Organized by Scott Parkin, Rainforest Action Network)
  • National Parks: The Next Generation  (Organized by Michael Kellett)
  • ESA Section 9 Cases -- discussions about bringing citizen suits to enforce the take prohibition of the ESA, (organized by Tanya Sanerib)
  • Stopping Sprawl & Saving the Planet, (Organized by Jessica Bloomfield)
  • Recovering from the Spill: NRDA and the Clean-up of the Gulf Coast, (Organized by Niki Pace)
  • Obtaining Attorneys’ Fees under EAJA and Citizen Suit Provisions, (Organized by Peter Frost)
  • State Energy Code and Federal Preemption, (Organized by Ken Eklund)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS (12:00 p.m. - 2:15)

  • Bruce Nilles, Director of Beyond Coal Campaign, Sierra Club
  • Lori Caramanian, Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Department of the Interior

Panel Four (2:30 p.m. - 3:45)

  • Stunning Proposals to Export West Coast Coal to Asia: How We Will Stop It (Organized by Brett VandenHeuvel)
  • Death by a Thousand Wells (Organized by Matthew Bishop)
  • Protecting the Northwest from Hanford being used as a national radioactive waste dump (Organized by Gerry Pollet, JD)
  • Forest Service Management (or lack there-of) of Over-Snow Vehicles (Organized by Forrest G. McCarthy)
  • Starting an Environmental Law Public Interest Practice, (Organized by Elisabeth Holmes)
  • Ethics for Activist and Resistance Defense Attorneys, (Organized by Daniel Gregor)
  • Deep Green Resistance, (Organized by Lierre Keith & Meredith Holley)
  • The Future of Western Oregon BLM Lands, (Organized by Chandra LeGue)
  • Coordinated Regional Community Planning for a Resilient Future, (Organized by Jan Wilson, Western Environmental Law Center)
  • Taking Down Big Coal: Legal Strategies to Gain Optimum Leverage, (Organized by Elizabeth Brown)
  • Green Politics & the Green Future, (Organized by Blair Bobier)
  • Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration in the Arctic, (Organized by Tanya Sanerib)
  • The Seattle Area Happiness Initiative: A new strategy for sustainability (Organized by John de Graaf)
  • The Black-backed Woodpecker: the ‘Spotted Owl’ of Post-fire Forest Ecosystems, (Organized by Chad Hanson)
  • Injecting Community Voices and Accountability into Tribal Governance: The Emerging Role of Indigenous Environmental Organizations, (Organized by Brad Bartlett)

Panel Five (4:00 p.m. - 5.15)

  • Using the Endangered Species Act to Protect Imperiled Marine Wildlife (Organized by Catherine Kilduff)
  • Law School Loan Forgiveness Through Practicing Public Interest Law (Organized by Elisabeth Holmes)
  • EPA’s Pending Rules: New Tools to Phase-Out Coal and Slash Mobile Source Climate Pollution (Organized by Dan Galpern)
  • Legacy of the Spotted Owl: The 20th Anniversary of the Dwyer Injunction, (Organized by Douglas Bevington)
  • Green Real Estate, (Organized by Deborah Curran)
  • The Future of Outer Continental Shelf Drilling in the U.S., (Organized by Jacki Lopez)
  • Smokey Bear vs. Smoky Air: Fire Management for Ecosystem Restoration and Air Quality Protection, (Organized by Timothy Ingalsbee)
  • Clearing Air Everywhere, (Organized by Jeremy Nichols)
  • Why Nestlé Should Not Be Allowed to Bottle Water in the Columbia River Gorge - Including Legal Arguments and a Track Record of Corporate Irresponsibility, (Organized by Julia DeGraw)
  • Ghana and Liberia Forestry and Mining, ELAW (Organized by Mark Chernaik)
  • Wilderness in the Age of Climate Change, (Organized by Erik Fernandez)
  • A Decade of the Clean Water Act Confusion: Navigating SWANCC and Rapanos, (Organized by Jim Murphy)
  • Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act Enforcement, (Organized by Plains Justice)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS (5:30 p.m. - 7:30)

  • Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Congressman for Oregon's Third District
  • Dr. Arjun Makhijani, President, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research


Ethics Workshop (8:15 a.m. - 10:15)

Panel Six (9:00 a.m. - 10:15)

  • Pesticide Pollution is a Danger for Life (Organized by Sviltlana Kravchenko)
  • Sustainable Stoves in the Developing World, (Organized by Nancy S. Hughes)
  • A New Model for Eastern Oregon Forests, (Organized by Chandra LeGue)
  • The Ecological and Human Health Impacts of the Marijuana Industrial Complex, (Organized by Tony Silvaggio).
  • Wildfire, Beetles, and Logging,  (Organized by George Wuerthner.)
  • Winning Ugly: How the grassroots defeated Bradwood LNG (Organized by Olivia Schmidt)
  • Impacts of Genetically Engineered Organisms: First Supreme Court Case and Other Litigation Updates, (Organized by George Kimbrell)
  • Latin America: Impacts of Mining and other Natural Resource Extraction, ELAW (Organized by Liz Mitchell)

Panel Seven (10:30 a.m. - 11:45)

  • Turning Toward Conservation Forestry, (Organized by Craig Patterson)
  • The BP Oil Disaster, the Aftermath and its Consequences, (Organized by Daniel Bowman)
  • Activist Self-Defense; Beyond Know Your Rights , (Organized by Michael Albers)
  • Legacy and the latest Uranium “Boom”– the renewed fight to protect people and water, (Organized by Jeff Parsons)
  • The Northern Spotted Owl Recovery Plan: Protection or Misdirection? (Organized by Douglas Bevington)
  • Federal Forest Policy Folly: Privatization of the Commons, (Organized by Samantha Chirillo)
  • Practicing with New Meaning; How Sustainability is Transforming the Law (Organized by Barry Woods)
  • Animal Factories and Commodity Crops: Legal Approaches for Combating the Environmental Harms, (Organized by Bruce Myers)
  • Nanotechnology and the Environment, (Organized by Rodney Allen)
  • Rightsizing the Forest Service Road System: A New Opportunity to Create Clean Water, Happy Wildlife, and Green Jobs!, (Organized by Bethanie Walder)
  • Tangible Solutions, Industrial Hemp Now!, (Organized by Loretta Huston)
  • Legal Strategies to Fight Coal Export on the West Coast, (Organized by Lauren Goldberg)
  • Impacts of and Alternatives to Big Solar on Public Lands (Organized by Janine Blaeloch)
  • National Forest Litigation Update, (Organized by Marc Fink)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS (12:30 p.m. - 2:15)

  • Carl Safina, Co-Founder and President, Blue Ocean Institute
  • Humberto Rios Labrada, Sustainable Agriculture in Cuba, 2010 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner

Panel Eight (2:30 p.m. - 3:45)

  • The Klamath Settlement: What Is It, How Is It Working? (Organized Glen H. Spain)
  • Utility Rates and Rate Structures; Do they Support or Undermine Energy Conservation? (Organized by Craig Patterson)
  • Pulling the Plug on Dirty Water with NPDES De-delegation Petitions (Organized by Laura Murphy)
  • How Can We Protect Public Lands and Promote Renewable Energy Development?, (Organized by Lisa Belenky)
  • Nuclear Power: An Ineffective, Expensive, and Dangerous Response to Climate Change, (Organized by Elizabeth Brown)
  • Sawal Nur:  the Challenge of Traditional Salmon Restoration within a US Legal Framework, (Organized by NALSA and the Winnemem support group of Oregon)
  • Using the News: Getting Your Story to the Media, a Roundtable with Reporters, (Organized by Camillia Mortensen and Nadia White)
  • Wolf Recovery in the Pacific Northwest, (Organized by Rob Klavins)
  • Environmental Advocacy in a post-Citizens United World (Organized by Alex Hood and Elisabeth Holmes)
  • The Dog that Won’t Ever Die: A Walking Tour of the University of Oregon’s Riverfront Research Park (Organized by Allen Hancock, Connecting Eugene).
  • Up In Smoke: Challenging Big Coal in the Western U.S., (Organized by Brad Bartlett)
  • Ruby Natural Gas Pipeline- Litigation and Mitigation (Organized by Marty Bergoffen)
  • EcoDistricts (Organized by Carley Dirks)

Panel Nine (4:00 p.m. - 5:15)

  • A Viewing and Discussion of the Film: “Return of the Navajo Boy”
  • Local Tools for Addressing the Impacts of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) (Organized by Laura Murphy)
  • Environmentalism Gone Awry: The war on invansive species (Organized by Fritzi Cohen)
  • Saving for Flow: Connecting Water Conservation and Flow Protection, (Organized by Adam Schempp)
  • Species Protection in a Warming World, (Oranized by Bethany Cotton, Center for Biological Diversity)
  • Renewable Energy Sprawl in Sagebrush Wildlands, (Organized by Katie Fite)
  • Grazing on Public Lands: A Sustainable Use?, (Organized by Joe Bushyhead and Molly Fales)
  • 2010: Clean Air Act Year in Review, (Organized by Dave Bender)
  • Wolf Recovery in the Pacific Northwest - continued, (Organized by Rob Klavins)
  • Beyond Green Scare: effective media in the age of terror laws (Organized by Dean Kuipers)
  • Logging Roads & Water: NEDC v. Brown, what it means and where to go from here... (Organized by Sarah Peters)
  • The APA in the Post-McNair World, (Organized by Jack Tuholske)
  • Using the New Online Protected Area, Species, and Habitat Databases (Organized by James L. Olmsted)


Panel Ten (9:00 a.m. - 10:15)

  • Navigating the Criminal Courts:  For Activists and their Attorneys, (Organized by Ben Rosenfeld)
  • Restoring Food and Trade Sovereignty at Home and Abroad, (Organized by Samantha Chirillo)
  • White-Nose Syndrome and the Dying of the Bats, (Organized by Mollie Matteson).
  • The Right FIT for Oregon: Successful renewable energy feed-in tariffs and community-scale energy generation, (Organized by Ray Neff, OREP)
  • Dioxin from Phone Poles: Poison in Your Back Yard (Organized by William Verick)
  • Environmental Impact Assessments in Estonia, Hungary and Slovakia, ELAW (Organized by Maggie Keenan)
  • Klamath-Siskiyou Discussion and Documentary: “A Wild American Forest” (Organized by Julie Norman)

Panel Eleven (10:30 - 11:45)

  • Rural Oregon: Not a Dumping Ground for Dirty Development Projects, (Organized by Jody McCaffree)
  • Coming Clean and Green with Information Disclosure, (Organized by Dr. Troy Abel)
  • Sustainable City Year, (Organized by Jessica Bloomfield)
  • The Occupation of the US Navy in Vieques, Puerto Rico and the Struggle that Continues, (Organized by Daniel Romero)
  • Problems with Palm Oil (Organized by Brihannala Morgan)
  • Oregon Community Solar Development: Challenges and PathwaysForward (Organized by Sam Roberts)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS (12:30 p.m. - 1:30)

  • Jeremy Wates, Former Secretary to the Aarhus Convention, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
  • Dr. Vandana Shiva, Renowned Environmentalist and Author





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