The 29th Annual Red Clay Conference hosted by UGA Environmental Law Association will last from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

This year’s Conference will focus on emerging issues in environmental law. Specifically, it consists of one keynote speaker and three panels, which will address the following topics: Management of Coal Ash in the Wake of Changes to EPA and EPD Rules Pertaining to Solid Waste Management, Transboundary Water Issues Stemming from the Florida v. Georgia Litigation, and the Future of the Clean Power Plan & Other Air Regulatory Issues.

The Red Clay Conference is an annual student run conference at the University of Georgia School of Law. This event was established to increase public awareness of environmental issues on a regional, national, and international level through a series of educational presentations and open forum discussions. The Conference attracts attorneys as well as students and interested members of the Athens community.


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Friday, March 24th
9:00 AM

Opening Remarks by Dink Nesmith

Dink Nesmith, Community Newspapers, Inc.

Larry Walker Room, Rusk Hall

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

9:30 AM

CPP: What to Expect Under the Trump Administration

Kurt Ebersbach, Southern Environmental Law Center
Karen Hays, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Air Protection Branch Chief
Ethan Shenkman, Environmental Protection Agency, Former Deputy General Counsel
Peter A. Appel, University of Georgia

Larry Walker Room, Rusk Hall

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

11:00 AM

Transboundary Water Issues: Implications of Florida v. Georgia

Wilton Rooks, ACF Stakeholders Group
Lewis B. Jones, King & Spalding, Tort & Environmental Litigation Practice Group
R. Todd Silliman, Dentons
Laurie A. Fowler, University of Georgia School of Law

Larry Walker Room, Rusk Hall

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

1:30 PM

Coal Combustion Residuals: Management of CCRs in the Wake of Changes to EPA and EPD Rules Pertaining to Solid Waste Management

Beth Blaylock, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Land Branch, Assistant Branch Chief
David Stewart, Crowder Stewart, LLP
Melanie Jablonski, Georgia Power
Christopher Manganiello, University of Georgia, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Larry Walker Room, Rusk Hall

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

3:00 PM

Keynote Address by Professor Judson Turner

Judson H. Turner, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Former Director

Larry Walker Room, Rusk Hall

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

4:15 PM

Closing Remarks by Dean Peter "Bo" Rutledge

Peter B. Rutledge, University of Georgia Law School

Larry Walker Room, Rusk Hall

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM