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NSU Law Environmental Symposium

Red Tide, Green Algae, Drilling Bans and More:
Post – Election Environmental and Land Use Law Landscape


Friday, May 10, 2019       9:30 am - 4:00 pm

NSU Shepard Broad College of Law

3305 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 

The seminar will feature lawyers and other speakers from south Florida and around the state, addressing environmental law changes resulting from the November 2018 Florida Constitutional Amendments, current issues involving south Florida’s water pollution problems, recent and pending legislative, rule and policy changes coming from Washington and Tallahassee.  Speakers will emphasize land use and environmental issues impacting Florida’s coasts.

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CLE Credits Pending

Questions please contact Professor Richard Grosso (954) 262-6140 or Karen Rose or (954) 262-6303

Panelists and Presenters

Richard Dodge, Dean, Halmos College of Oceanography



Brion Blackwelder, Esq.  Associate Professor of Law, NSU Shepard Broad College of Law

National Ocean Policy Update - Florida Focus

Mr. Blackwelder will evaluate how the Trump administration approach to national ocean policy affects Florida.


Jaclyn Lopez, Florida Director, Senior Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity, St. Petersburg

Major Federal Environmental Law Legislative & Policy Update.

Ms. Lopez will discuss recent adopted and pending federal legislative, regulatory, policy changes, and relevant ongoing litigation.


Keith Williams, Attorney, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

New Developments in “Waters of the United States” Federal Wetland Permitting Jurisdiction, Endangered Species, and Other Issues Impacting Florida’s Coastal Environment,

Mr. Williams will discuss the divergent federal appellate court interpretations of the scope of federal wetlands permitting jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA), as well as recent developments regarding the Endangered Species Act, customary beach access in Florida, eminent domain, riparian rights, and judicial review issues.

Erin Deady, Esq., Delray Beach

Climate & Sea Level Rise Legal & Policy Update

Ms. Deady will discuss the key pending legal and policy initiatives related to climate change and sea level rise resiliency.

Lunch & Networking

Radia Turay, Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust

Government Lawyers Update - Hot Topics Panel

Sunshine Laws, Ex-Communications and Other Ethics Considerations

Ms. Turay will discuss key developing ethical and procedural aspects of local land use and environmental practice, including ex parte communications, public records and open meetings.


Carlyn Kowalsky, Deputy General Counsel South Florida Water Management District (tentative)

Government Lawyers Update - Hot Topics Panel

Ms. Kowalsky will discuss the major pending environmental, administrative and government law issues concerning water management issues in south Florida.


Aliki Moncrief, Esq. Executive Director, Florida conservation Voters

Recent Florida Law & Policy Changes

Ms. Moncrief will provide an update on the environmental legislation passed by the 2019 Florida Legislature, the recent amendments to Florida’s Constitution regarding a ban on offshore oil drilling and indoor vaping, and judicial review of agency actions, and policy direction of the new gubernatorial administration.


Update on Florida's Constitutional Amendments, and Roundtable Discussion

Professor Richard Grosso, Moderator, Professor of Law, Shepard Broad College of Law

The day’s panelists will join with participants in an interactive discussion regarding the key issues raised throughout the day.

Continental Breakfast and Full Lunch will be provided with registration.

Co-Sponsored by NSU Law Center Plus and The Environmental and Land Use Law Section (ELULS) of The Florida Bar

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