NSU College of Law Environmental Symposium

Changing Climates, Sea Levels, and Species: Legal & Policy Responses for South Florida

Friday, April 8, 2016       8:30 am - 3:00 pm

NSU Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography

8000 North Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL

Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center Auditorium

Program  Speaker Bios  Video Photos

Dean Richard Dodge Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography Intro

Prof. Keith Rizzardi Sea Level Lies ref 

 Mitchell Chester, Esq. The Lawyers Role in Creating Solutions  

Shannon Estenoz, Responding to the Threat of Invasive Exotic Species   

David White, Esq. Conserving Marine Resources in FL

Song Gao, Ph.D. Managing Short-Lived Climate Forcers paper

Erin L Deady Sea Level Rise Case Study from Planning to Implementation

Jennifer Jurado, Ph.D. Resiliency in Broward County and the SE FL Regional Climate Compact


Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Richard Dodge, Dean of Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography at NSU

Dr. Richard Dodge, Dean of Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography at NSU
Panel 1: Economic, Reals Estate and Risk Management Legal Issues.
Mitchell Chester

Mitchell A. Chester, Esq.

Sea level rise financial adaption from the legal and economic perspectives, including law, insurance and mortgages.

Keith Rizzardi

Keith W. Rizzardi - St. Thomas University School of Law Faculty

Private sector ethics; risk of fraud and malpractice; Hazard mitigation assistance and relocation assistance.

Panel 2: Fish and Wildlife Habitat Management Issue.
Shannon Estenoz

Shannon A. Estenoz - Director, Office of Everglades Restoration Initiatives, US Dept. of the Interior

Responding to the Threat of Invasive Exotic Species.

David White

David White, Esq.

Marine Protected Areas.

Panel 3: What Scientists Want Attorneys to Know.
Song Gao

Song Gao, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chemistry, Nova Southeastern University

Joel Mintz

Professor Joel A. Mintz, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law

Panel 4: Government Leadership Initiatives.

Erin L. Deady

Erin L. Deady, Esq.

Climate & Sea Level Rise Issues for local government planning.

Nick Aumen

Dr. Nicholas G. Aumen - Regional Science Advisor, US Geological Survey

Ecosystem and Water Management System Restoration

Jim Murley

Jim Murley - Miami Dade Chief Resilience Officer

Building Resilience within Greater Miami and the Beaches.

Jennifer Jurado

Jennifer Jurado, Ph.D. - Director, Broward County Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division.

Resiliency in Broward County and the S.E. Fla. Regional Climate Compact

Continental Breakfast and Full Lunch will be served

Co-Sponsored by NSU Law Center Plus


The Florida Bar approved 5 CLE credit hours (General)
Certification Credits:
City, County and Local Government Law: 5.0
Real Estate: 5.0
State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice: 5.0
Dr. Richard Dodge, Dean of Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography at NSU