Georgia Law’s Red Clay conference to focus on emerging issues in environmental law


Georgia Law’s Red Clay conference to focus on emerging issues in environmental law

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

UGA law school’s Red Clay conference to focus on emerging issues in environmental law

Athens, Ga. – “Emerging Issues in Environmental Law” is the title of the 29th Annual Red Clay Conference to be held March 24 in the University of Georgia School of Law’s Larry Walker Room in Dean Rusk Hall.

The daylong program will include three panel discussions focusing on the management of coal ash in the wake of changes to Environmental Protection Agency and Environmental Protection Division rules pertaining to solid waste management, transboundary water issues stemming from the Florida v. Georgia litigation, and the future of the Clean Power Plan and other air regulatory matters.

Judson H. “Jud” Turner, the former director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, will deliver the keynote address. Community Newspapers, Inc. President Dink NeSmith will also provide a special address.

Turner, who is currently a practitioner in residence at Georgia Law, completed his service as director of the EPD, the state’s chief environmental regulator, in June 2016. He has also worked as director of the Governor’s Office of Interagency Coordination and Management of Water Resources, and he presently serves as special assistant attorney general in Florida v. Georgia and in other matters involving the state’s shared river basins. In 2008, Turner founded the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett specializing in administrative and regulatory law, governmental affairs and litigation, with a focus on water resources law, as well as environmental and education law. In addition, Turner was a founding partner of Georgia360, a multidisciplinary government relations firm. From 2005 to 2008, he served initially as deputy and then as executive counsel to Gov. Sonny Perdue. He earned his undergraduate degree from UGA and his law degree from the University of Virginia.

The conference, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and includes breakfast and lunch for registered attendees, is open to the public and is free for members of the UGA community. The cost for non-UGA members is $10. For attorneys seeking continuing legal education credits of 5 hours, the cost is $60.

The annual Red Clay Conference aims to increase public awareness of environmental issues of regional, national and international significance through a series of educational presentations and open forum discussions. It is entirely student-organized by members of the law school’s Environmental Law Association.

For more information or to register for the conference, please visit www.law.uga.edu/environmental-law-association.


Writer: Lona Panter, 706-542-5172, lonap@uga.edu Contact: Ethan Morris, em01833@uga.edu

UGA School of Law Consistently regarded as one of the nation’s top public law schools, Georgia Law was established in 1859. Its accomplished faculty includes authors of some of the country’s leading legal scholarship. The school offers three degrees – the Juris Doctor, the Master of Laws and the Master in the Study of Law – and is home to the Dean Rusk International Law Center. Georgia Law is proud of its long-standing commitment of providing first-rate legal training for future leaders who will serve state and nation in both the public and private sectors. For more information, see www.law.uga.edu.