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Week of February 6, 2012

Anthony Licata's speaker event on Tuesday, February 7th at 1:00 pm

On Tuesday, February 7th at 1:00 pm in room 170, in conjunction with the Real Estate Law Society, Anthony Licata, the current real estate Department Head and Chief Operating Officer of Shefsky & Froelich, will present personal experiences and address questions regarding overlapping environmental and real estate concerns.  In addition to his work at Shefsky & Froelich Mr. Licata has a wealth of legal experience having served as partner for Sidley & Austin, general counsel for The Broadacre Companies, and graduating cum laude from Harvard Law. Mr. Licata's full bio is attached -  LUNCH WILL BE SERVED!

Valentine's Sweet Treat Bake Sale on Monday, February 13th

The Environmental Law Society is having a bake sale on Monday, February 13th, the day before Valentine's Day. Make sure to stop by the front lobby and pick up some sweet treats!

2012 Great Lakes Environmental Law Symposium

Mark your Calendars! On March 30, 2012, ELS will be co-hosting the 2012 Great Lakes Environmental Law Symposium. Stay tuned for the speaker list and agenda. Questions? E-mail

Protecting the Great Lakes Symposium

On February 24, 2012 the Seventh Circuit Bar Association Foundation and the Field Museum of Natural History will present a day-long symposium titled "Protecting the Great Lakes."  There will be several participation options: attend in-person at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago; view online via Live Webcast; or view online via Delayed Webcast (view uninterrupted program or in segments).   Detailed program information, including faculty bios, is available at

The five Great Lakes constitute the largest system of surface freshwater on earth. They contain twenty percent of the world's freshwater resource. About one tenth of the population of the United States and one quarter of the population of Canada rely on the Great Lakes for fresh water.  They are also a natural resource of beauty to its residents and visitors, as well as an instrument of commerce.

The fifteen faculty for this symposium are from the United States and Canada, and they are experts in the threats to the Great Lakes from diversion, pollution, climate change, catastrophes, and invasive species, as well as the tangled web of treaties, provincial and state laws, and municipal laws relating to these topics.

This is a very timely symposium for lawyers generally, environmental lawyers, and interested citizens of the United States and Canada.

The symposium is supported financially by foundations, law firms and others, and as a consequence it is priced to encourage viewership.  To further encourage viewership, the sponsors will make arrangements for viewing without fee by law school audiences as well as college and university audiences.

For more information, visit

National Association of Environmental Law Society Events

NAELS is kicking off 2012 with a bang - and 2 opportunities to learn, network, and take action!

-The 25th Annual NAELS Conference in Ann Arbor: On March 20-22, 2012 join us back where it all started in 1989 to celebrate 25 years of NAELS and environmental law and, more importantly, to plan for the coming 25. The University of Michigan ELS will host a set of fantastic speakers including Supreme Court expert Richard Lazarus, NOAA General Counsel Lois Schiffer, Michigan Environmental Law & Policy Program Director Professor David Uhlmann, and many other veterans of the environmental law field. For more information, visit:

-UN conference on Sustainable Development: Rio + 20, June 20-22, 2012: Thanks to NAELS Alumnus and 2001 Conference Chair Jason Hill, NAELS is now registered as a group for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development  - otherwise known as the Rio +20 Meetings. To put your name on a list of possible attendees, please send an email of interest to For more information visit:


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