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Summit spotlights energy, water, wildlife and more Feb. 27-28

February 12, 2015


Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré brings a military leader’s methodicalness to preparing for natural disasters.

Pat Mulroy brings more than 25 years’ experience to balancing the allocation of water for millions of people in growing but drought-stricken areas.

Both are set to bring their expertise to Tulane’s 20th Annual Summit on Environmental Law and Policy Feb. 27-28 in New Orleans.

The summit, produced by student members of Tulane Law’s Environmental & Energy Law Society, attracts hundreds of attorneys, academics, students and representatives from government, industry and nonprofit groups for two days of panel discussions on critical issues affecting the environment and energy fields.

Sessions are open to the public and free, though fees are charged to lawyers seeking CLE credit

This year’s topics include federal protection of prairie dogs; new limits on carbon emissions; fracking for gas extraction; the Louisiana levee board’s lawsuit against oil companies; energy independence; urban transportation planning; and offshore wind power.

Two evening keynote addresses are planned:

Pat Mulroy (Feb. 27): As general manager of the Las Vegas Valley Water District and the Southern Nevada Water Authority for 25 years, Mulroy helped guide the region through a period of unprecedented growth and daunting drought. She now is working to help water-stressed communities address their needs. She is Senior Fellow for Climate Adaptation and Environmental Policy at Brookings Mountain West, a research and policy development center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and she serves as the Maki Distinguished Faculty Associate at the Desert Research Institute.

Retired Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré (Feb. 28): Nicknamed the “Category 5 General” for his leadership of Joint Task Force Katrina, the U.S. Defense Department’s response to the 2005 storms that devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, Honoré has continued to work on public education about essential emergency/disaster/hurricane preparedness. He retired from the Army in 2008 after 37 years of active service.

“The vast majority of Americans have not grabbed onto the need to be prepared at home and at work for potential disasters,” he says on his website. “One of the harshest lessons learned from recent disasters, especially Katrina, is that you are your own first responder.”

In 2014, the American Bar Association recognized the 2013 summit as the Law Student Environment, Energy, and Resources Program of the Year.

For more information, please visit the summit website, Facebook page or Twitter account.

Register online for CLE.


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