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Week of October 24, 2005

Environmental Law Society General Meeting

The environmental law society will be holding a general meeting for members & any one who is interested in attending.  The meeting will be on Wednesday, October 26th at 3:00pm in Room C50.

Gardner Carton & Douglas is inviting all Chicago-Kent students with an interest in environmental law to a luncheon hosted by Gardner's environmental attorneys.

In July of this year, Governor Blagojevich signed into law the new Illinois “Community Right-to-Know” law which greatly strengthens the public’s right-to-know about environmental hazards in communities across the State.  This law also affords Illinois EPA sweeping powers to order the cleanup of contaminated property.    On November 1st, the Chicago Bar Association Environmental Law Committee will host a luncheon seminar to discuss this new Community Right-to-Know law  from 11:30 - 1:00 at the offices of Gardner Carton & Douglas.  Speakers will include John Watson and Sheila Deely of Gardner Carton & Douglas and Scott Phillips of Illinois EPA.   Lunch will be served. 
Gardner Carton & Douglas is located at 191 North Wacker Drive, Suite 3700.  Please contact Sandra Wolf at 312.569.1711 ( to RSVP and with any questions you might have regarding the program.

NYU Environmental Law Journal Essay Contest

The New York University School of Law Environmental Law Journal would like to inform you of our annual national student essay contest. The contest, which recognizes outstanding student scholarship on current topics in environmental and land use law, takes place each year and is open to all students enrolled in any U.S. law school and to individuals who have graduated from a U.S. law school within the last year. Each year the contest entries are judged by a panel including the Editor-in-Chief and Submissions Editor of the Environmental Law Journal, and New York University School of Law faculty member, and a reader selected from the greater community of environmental law practitioners. The winner of the contest will receive a $1,000 cash prize and the winning article will be published in the third volume of the Environmental Law Journal.

Attached to this email please find a pdf file with details of the contest. Feel free to print or to email this document for distribution to interested parties. The deadline for submission is January 6, 2006. Winners will be announced January 30, 2006.

If you have any questions regarding the student contest, please do not hesitate to contact either Katherine Renshaw at or Gabriela Sakamoto at


Save the Date: November 30, 2005: Environmental Justice Conference

ELPC will co-sponsor a Chicago workshop on the intersection of environmental justice and local land use planning and zoning on November 30th.  The workshop is intended to help members of planning and zoning boards, local legislative bodies, local chief elected officials, municipal attorneys and professional planners develop a greater awareness of how to incorporate environmental justice principles into land use planning and zoning actions.

Leading national and regional practitioners and experts will present practical advice and case studies to demonstrate how social equity goals can be effectively integrated into local planning regulations and zoning laws in this region.  To further assist attendees in their day-today decision-making, each participant will leave the workshop with a comprehensive set of resource materials.  Limited travel scholarships will be available for participants.

For more information contact Patricia Salkin, or Barbara Mabel, at the Government Law Center of Albany Law School.













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