Tri-state water dispute to be focus of UGA School of Law’s 22nd Annual Red Clay Conference


Writer: Cindy Rice, 706/542-5172, cindyh@uga.edu
Contact: Kathleen Nelson, 912/660-5928, RedClay2010@gmail.com

Athens, Ga. – Titled "Three States, One River: Exploring the Tri-State Water Dispute," the University of Georgia School of Law's 22nd Annual Red Clay Conference will take place March 26 in the Larry Walker Room of Dean Rusk Hall, located on North Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The water allocation dispute between Georgia, Florida and Alabama will be examined from a variety of perspectives throughout the daylong conference. Panel topics include the grassroots movement by the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders to reach an agreement, an assessment of Atlanta’s role in the dispute, an outlook on the environment in 50 years should no compromise be reached, and alternative solutions to the conflict.

Keynote speakers Joseph W. Dellapenna, a professor at the Villanova University School of Law, and J. Rutherford Seydel II, a partner at Davis, Pickren & Seydel, will present "Is There a Way Forward?" and "Think Globally, Act Locally," respectively.

"The Red Clay Conference was established to increase public awareness of environmental issues through a series of educational presentations and open forum discussions," conference co-chair and second-year law student Kathleen E. Nelson said. "The tri-state water dispute impacts both our generation and generations to come, which is why it is important for practitioners, academics and citizens of the Southeast to come together and explore potential solutions."

For more information, please visit www.law.uga.edu/ela. CLE credits are available for attorneys.

The Red Clay Conference is entirely student organized by members of Georgia Law’s Environmental Law Association. ELA's mission is to advance sound environmental policy, encourage discussion and raise awareness among attorneys and lawmakers here in Georgia and throughout the Southeast.