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NSU Law Environmental Symposium

Can We Afford Our Future? - Living in, and Defending our Communities in a Shrinking, Warming South Florida: Legal and Policy Challenges for the 2020s


Friday, April 3, 2020       9:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

NSU Shepard Broad College of Law

1 Shepard Broad Way, Fort Lauderdale, FL 

This year’s symposium will explore the legal and policy implications of the costs facing south Floridians as they work to protect their homes and environmental support system from global warming, sea level rise, pollution, degradation, and congestion. Skyrocketing housing costs, gentrification, higher construction, building and infrastructure relocation or retrofitting, and insurance costs, and the loss of ecosystem services are just a few of the major economic and social issues facing south Floridians. Tort liability and financial sanctions arising from public advocacy and legal challenges about these issues are another.

The symposium will explore the legal and policy implications, and mechanisms available or needed to ensure that all south Floridians can continue to afford to live in south Florida and use their constitutional and legal rights to protect their homes, quality of life and future.

Continental Breakfast and Full Lunch will be provided with registration. 

Agenda |  Registration Information 

CLE Credits: Pending

This Symposium is in conjunction with Law Connect Plus and offers discounted prices to 2018 & 2019 NSU Law alumni. 

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

Panelists and Presenters
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Can We Afford Our Future?
Mitchell Chester, Esq. (J.D. 1979), Law Office of Mitchell A. Chester, P.A.


Report from the General Counsel - Fla Department of Agricultural & Consumer Services
Steven Hall, General Counsel, Fla. Department of Agricultural & Consumer Services.

Lunch & Networking
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Barriers to Participation: Third Parties in Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Decisions
Susan Trevarthen, Esq., FAICP, Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L.

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Can We Afford It? The Struggle to Comply with New State Requirements Regarding Inclusionary Zoning
D'Wayne M. Spence, Esq., (J.D. 2003), B.C.S.; Assistant City Attorney, City of Fort Lauderdale


Water Quality Law & Policy Issues
Elizabeth Fata Carpenter, Staff Attorney, Everglades Law Center

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Climate & Sea Level Rise Costs & Investments
Erin Deady, Esq., (J.D. 2000) Erin L. Deady, P.A.


Meeting the Legal and Policy Challenges of the Roaring '20s
Professor Richard Grosso, Professor of Law, Shepard Broad College of Law





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