College of Law

Environmental law conference set for Oct. 20-22

Posted October 6, 2017


The University of Tennessee College of Law will host the eighth annual Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law Conference later this month.

Lawyers, activists, students, scientists, faculty, and members of the community are invited to the international, three-day conference that centers upon achieving environmental and social justice throughout the Appalachian bioregion and surrounding areas.

The eighth annual Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law (APIEL) Conference, will be held at the College of Law, 1505 West Cumberland Ave. in Knoxville, and features a series of workshops and discussions led by a diverse range of experts. Throughout the weekend, attendees will have the opportunity to exchange information, share skills, and foster collaboration between grassroots organizations, the bar and future lawyers, and policy-makers in addressing the region’s most pressing ecological problems.

The Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law Conference keynote, “Gaining Ground: Climate Advocacy in Appalachia to Withstand and Defeat Deregulation,” features a panel of attorneys from the Southern Environmental Law Center including Beth Alexander, Navis Bermudez, Amanda Garcia, and Anne Passino. The Southern Environmental Law Center is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization that works in six Southeastern states to protect natural resources and special places.

Online registration at www.apiel.org is required. Registration is $35 per day or $60 for the entire weekend. The conference is free to undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of institutional affiliation. Qualifying attendees who are unable to pay may be eligible for scholarships. Additional fee and registration information for lawyers seeking continuing legal education (CLE) credit is available here.