Fall 2018 Symposium

Rights of Nature: Shifting Paradigms and Grounding in the Law

The Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is excited to announce our Fall 2018 symposium being held on October 19, 2018. The event will be held from 8am-5pm in the Chase Community Center at Vermont Law School.

VJEL Rights of Nature

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact symposium editors HannahDean@vermontlaw.edu and MargaretShugart@vermontlaw.edu!

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8:00am Breakfast/ Registration
8:30am Introductory Remarks
Dillon Post, Journal Editor in Chief
John Echeverria, Journal Faculty Advisor
Hannah Dean and Margaret Shugart, Symposium Editors

9:00am Introductory Panel
Moderator: Tony Zelle, Partner in Zelle McDonough & Cohen, Board Treasurer of Earth Law Center
Margaret Stewart, Director of Center for Earth Jurisprudence
Grant Wilson, Directing Attorney at Earth Law Center
Cormac Cullinan, Directing Attorney with Cullinan & Associates in South Africa, CEO of EnAct International
Shannon Biggs, Co-Founder of Movement Rights
Question and Answer

10:30am Keynote Speaker- Catherine Iorns Magallanes, Professor University of Wellington, National Board Member of Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand

11:30am Indigenous Perspectives Panel
Moderator: Rachel Stevens, Attorney and Assistant Professor with Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic
Deon Ben, Grand Canyon Trust and Navajo Nation
Kirsten Anker, Faculty of Law at McGill University
Question and Answer

12:30pm Lunch
Drafting activity with Steven Marx, gubernatorial candidate in Vermont

1:45pm International Panel
Moderator: Tracy Bach, Professor at Vermont Law School
Hugo Echeverria, Environmental Attorney in Ecuador
Craig Kauffman, University of Oregon, Associate Professor of Political Science
Rachelle Adam, Animal Rights and Environmental Attorney and Activist in Israel, Lecturer and Faculty of Law at Hebrew University
Question and Answer

3:00pm Break/ Snack

3:15pm Applied Law Panel
Moderator: Dean Jennifer Rushlow, Director of Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School
Linda Sheehan, Senior Counsel Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
Reed Loder, Professor at Vermont Law School
Kevin Schneider, Executive Director of the Nonhuman Rights Project
Thomas Linzey, Executive Director of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
Question and Answer

4:45pm Closing Remarks

5:00pm-6:00pm Closed Reception in Yate Common Room (speakers and journal members)