2010 Environmental Law & Justice Symposium


“New Directions in Environmental Justice”
November 11-12, 2010



What: “New Directions in Environmental Justice” -the inaugural Florida A&M University (FAMU) Environmental Law and Justice Symposium, hosted by the FAMU College of Law and the FAMU Center for Environmental Equity and Justice, Environmental Sciences Institute.

 When: Thursday, November 11, 2010; Registration begins at 4:30 p.m.
Friday, November 12, 2010; Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

 Where: Thursday – Sheraton Orlando Downtown (400 W. Livingston Street); Friday – FAMU College of Law (201 Beggs Avenue); Parking is available at the Sheraton Orlando Downtown at a rate of $6.00 per day (please tell the attendant that you are attending the FAMU Environmental Law and Justice Symposium).

 Who: The symposium will feature the following speakers and events:

Symposium Presentations
Grassroots Organizations: Resilient, Results-Driven Michael Goldstien .pdf
Environmental Justice and the green Economy Report   .pdf
The Future of Environmental Justice:Climate Justice and Climate-Induced Migration

Maxine Burkett

EPA’s Environmental Justice Priorities Carlos Evans .ppt
New Directions in Environmental Justice:
Ascendancy, Equity, and Diversity through Brownfields
Michael R. Goldstein .ppt
Toxic Dumping and Brownfields Cynthia M. Harris .ppt
Too Much Oil for the Rubber-Stamp:  The Government’s Role in the BP Oil Spill and the Surrender of the Gulf Jaclyn Lopez .ppt

Equity, Justice and Recovery: Weathering the Storms of Natural and Man-made Disasters along the Gulf Coast

Beverly H. Wright.



  • Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming, Esq., Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 administrator, will provide remarks Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010;
  • Beverly Wright, founder and director of Deep South Center for Environmental Justice in New Orleans will serve as opening keynote speaker on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010;
  • Quentin Pair, Esq., U.S. Department of Justice will serve as luncheon keynote speaker;
  • Professor Maxine Burkett, University of Hawaii School of Law will serve as closing keynote speaker;
  • Lake Apopka Memorial Quilt on display by the Farmworkers Association of Florida;
  •  Environmental Justice Listening Session to provide an opportunity for EPA representatives to hear from local environmental justice stakeholders; and
  • Collegiate Debate session with teams from Harvard University and University of Mary Washington on one of the EPA’s top environmental justice priorities.  “The students will debate both sides of the resolution: Environmental Justice Concerns should be incorporated into the EPA permitting process.”

 Why: The Environmental Law and Justice Symposium will feature an overview of the latest international, national, regional, state and local developments in environmental justice.  The panelists and moderators for the symposium are also leaders in the environmental law and justice field from government, academia, private practice and nonprofit organizations.  Attendees can anticipate the symposium to address domestic and international dimensions of environmental justice, including human and environmental impacts of the Gulf oil spill.  The event is $50 for general attendees seeking CLE credit; $35 for FAMU alumni and members of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section (ELULS) of the Florida Bar; $25 for the general public not seeking CLE credit; and $10 for general students.  Eligible attendees will receive 7.0 Florida Bar CLE Credit hours and 3.5 State/Federal Government Administrative Practice Certification.

 The FAMU Law Review will be publishing its first Environmental Law Symposium Edition entitled : New Directions in Environmental Law & Justice, in Spring 2011. The EPA defines Environmental Justice as the "fair treatment for people of all races, cultures, and incomes, regarding the development of environmental law, regulations and policies." We cordially invite and encourage you to submit an article to be considered for publication. We are seeking articles concerning recent developments of law on local, national, and international levels.


 List of Registered Attendees 


Click here for the FAMU College of Law Environmental Law and Justice Symposium Poster 


If you require additional information, please contact FAMU College of Law Associate Professor Randall Abate, event coordinator, at