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Law school symposium to explore how rural communities can survive in the modern economy

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

LAWRENCE — Scholars and professionals from across the nation will gather this week at the University of Kansas to discuss the economic challenges faced by rural communities and how to overcome them.

The University of Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy will host “Preventing the Ghost Town: What Rural Communities Need to Do to Survive in the Modern Economy” from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in the Stinson Leonard Street LLP Lecture Hall, 104 Green Hall. The symposium has reached capacity, and registration is now closed. Day-of registrations may be available as space allows.

“I hope that this conference sparks a much-needed dialogue in our state about where we go from here to make sure our rural communities not only survive to the next generation, but thrive,” said Amanda Marshall, symposium editor.

The conference will open with a global look at sustainability of the rural community, followed by a discussion of land use and sustainability. Panelists will explore issues rural communities face when attempting to maximize land usage, followed by a presentation on legal institutions for rural economic development. The symposium will conclude with a final panel discussion on governmental needs and challenges faced by the rural community.

Presenters will include:

  • Gary Green, professor of community and environmental sociology, University of Wisconsin
  • Professor John Nolon, Pace Law School
  • Professor K.K. DuVivier, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Professor David Pierce, Washburn University School of Law
  • Wes Jackson, president, The Land Institute
  • Professor Stephen Miller, director of the Economic Development Clinic, University of Idaho College of Law-Boise
  • Sara Roberts, director of Rural Healthcare in Kansas
  • Patty Clark, Kansas director of USDA Rural Development
  • Donna Whiteman, Kansas Association of School Boards
  • Andrew Kovar, partner, Triplett, Woolf & Garretson

The symposium is funded by the Judge Nelson Timothy Stephens Lectureship Fund. Scholarship from the symposium will be published in a 2014 issue of the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy.

Seven hours of CLE credit will be offered in Kansas and Missouri for a $25 fee.

For more information and a complete agenda, visit the symposium website. For more information, contact Amanda Marshall by email.

Members of the media who wish to attend should contact Mindie Paget at mpaget@ku.edu in advance of the symposium.

Scholars to probe water quantity, quality issues at KU law symposium

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
2013 Kansas Law Review Symposium: Waters of the United States: Adapting Law for Degradation and Drought

LAWRENCE – Leading scholars and thinkers on water law and environmental law will address the critical issues facing water quantity and quality at the 2013 Kansas Law Review Symposium, “Waters of the United States: Adapting Law for Degradation and Drought.”

The symposium will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the University of Kansas School of Law. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register and preview the complete schedule at law.ku.edu/water-symposium-rsvp. Attorneys who wish to receive four hours of CLE credit will be charged $25.

Speakers from across the country will discuss topics such as: conflicts between water and endangered species regulation; innovative proposals for decreasing agricultural water pollution; adaptive water law that considers both ecological and social conditions; water quality trading programs, ecosystem services markets providing financial incentives for environmental protection; legal responses to drought in Kansas; citizens’ initiatives; and the results of a federal water project that studied how climate change, population growth, and economic growth will impact water uses and availability.

“The goal of the symposium is to provide a forum for academic discussion of water issues both on national, regional, and local levels, and to enrich the academic experience of students and practitioners interested in the area of water law,” said Kate Marples, symposium editor and third-year KU law student. “We also hope to provide the basis for innovative solutions to water issues in Kansas and nationally.”

Panelists will include:

  • Rex Buchanan, interim director, Kansas Geological Survey
  • David Brenn and Chris Wilson, Kansas Water Congress representatives
  • Mary Jane Angelo, Research Foundation Professor and director, Environmental & Land Use Law Program, University of Florida Levin College of Law​
  • John Peck, Connell Teaching Professor of Law, KU
  • Adell Amos, associate dean for Academic Affairs, associate professor in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, University of Oregon School of Law
  • Robin Craig, William H. Leary Professor of Law, University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law
  • Amy Hardberger, assistant professor of law, St. Mary's University
  • Tony Arnold, associate dean for Research & Faculty Development, Boehl Chair in Property & Land Use, chair of the Center for Land Use & Environmental Responsibility, University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
  • Robert Glicksman, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law, George Washington University School of Law
  • Melissa Scanlan, associate dean of the Environmental Law Program, associate professor of Law, Vermont Law School
  • Sandi Zellmer, Robert B. Daugherty Professor of Law, University of Nebraska College of Law
  • Aliki Moncrief, Field Director, Florida's Water and Land Legacy

The symposium is co-sponsored by the Kansas Water Congress, KU Environmental Law Society, Stevens & Brand LLP, Coca-Cola and the KU School of Law.

Scholarship associated with the symposium will be published in a spring 2014 issue of the Kansas Law Review. For questions, contact Symposium Editor Kate Marples at kmarples@gmail.com.

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