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Tulane Environmental Law Summit named ABA program of the year

July 17, 2014

Yvon Chouinard

Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard gave a keynote address at the 2013 Tulane Summit on Environmental Law and Policy.
Photo by The Tulane Hullabaloo 

A lineup that included two days of cutting-edge programs on environmental and energy issues, highlighted by a passionate presentation by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, has won the 2013 Tulane Summit on Environmental Law and Policy major recognition from the American Bar Association.

The ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources chose the summit as its Student Program of the Year. The award is set for presentation during the ABA’s Annual Meeting in Boston in August.

The 2013 event was the 18th annual summit, planned, organized and run by student volunteers from Tulane’s Energy and Environmental Law Society. More than 700 people — including students, lawyers, judges, policymakers, community activists and academics — attended. A line-up of 23 panels featuring more than 66 speakers covered a wide array of topics, from Hurricane Sandy and dusky gopher frogs to carbon markets and lessons from the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The students recruited speakers, handled logistics and raised more than $40,000 from sponsor and donors to support the summit. The program also provided continuing legal education credit for 26 attorneys.

Dean David Meyer said the summit, by design, “facilitates freewheeling interchange among diverse players in environmental law and policy who do not often come together otherwise, in a cordial, collegial and entirely constructive setting.”

Brett Korte (L ’14), who chaired the 2013 summit, said that putting it on required a large number of dedicated student volunteers plus support from faculty and staff.

“All of us organizers learned a lot about logistics and hospitality on top of all the great information from the panels,” he said. “Having the summit team’s hard work recognized by the ABA is a huge honor, and every one of the students involved should be proud of their effort that helped make the 2013 summit so successful.”


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