March 9, 2018 - March 10, 2018

Co-sponsored by ELI and others, the Environmental and Energy Society of Tulane University Law School proudly hosted the 23rd annual Summit to bring together professionals and the public on current and pressing environmental and legal policy issues. The conference included nearly 20 panels on a wide range of environmental issues with nearly 70 speakers and moderators participating in the event. Our local, national, and international speakers represented strong voices from business, legal, and scientific backgrounds. The aim was to include many different voices of the community to participate in a thoughtful discussion about what the current environmental issues are and how they should best be addressed. In past years, the Summit has won the American Bar Association’s award for the Law Student Environment, Energy, and Resources Program of the Year.

In addition to keynote addresses, the event's panels included:

Louisiana & The Gulf Coast:

  • Current Legal and Other Challengse in Sustainable Urban Agriculture
  • The Essential Need for Private Restoration
  • Wastewater Treatment & Wetlands Assimiliation
  • The Adequacy of the Louisiana Master Plan
  • Coastal Remedies Post SELFPA: Private and Parish Litigation
  • Environmental & Climate Justice in New Orleans
  • Lead in New Orleans: The Next Flint?
  • The Red Snapper's (Belated) Return: Who Has the Hammer?

New Frontiers in Energy & Climate Change:

  • A Bridge to Nowhere?: the Promise of Natural Gas
  • The Future of Solar: Prospects and Regulatory Regimes
  • Renewable Energy: Finance and Development in the EU and Beyond
  • Climate Change Maladaptation and Mitigation 1: Pre-Disasters
  • Climate Change Maladaptation and Mitigation 2: Post-Disasters

Other Topics of Concern:

  • Recognition, Relocation, and the Rights of Indigeneous Peoples
  • Is the Endangered Species Act Endangered?: Recent Developments and Trends
  • Pushing Environmental Agendas in the Age of Trump
  • Bears Ears and Beyond: Can Trump Dismantle National Monuments?
  • Gulf Marine Sanctuaries: Cuba, Mexico, and the U.S.
  • Evolving Protections for Captive Wildlife

Legal Profession & Ethics:

  • Mindfulness for Lawyers
  • Recent Developments in Legal Ethics