Our Climate: The Only Constant is Change serves as the theme of UF Law’s 24th Annual UF Law Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, February 8 – 10th, 2018.  Focusing on Florida, the Conference explores the climate crisis across a wide range of issues, all through the lens of law and policy.


A complete agenda and registration is available at http://ufpiec.org. Registration is free to UF faculty, staff and students for all of the conference except the Friday evening banquet, which costs is $50 per person.  Seats for the Friday evening banquet tend to sell out, so we encourage you to register for this soon if you are interested. 

We are very excited to have some real luminaries in the field for our keynote and plenary speakers and on a number of our panels.  Professor Maxine Burkett, an expert on climate migration and relocation from the University of Hawaii opens the conference on Thursday evening, following our opening reception.  Her visit is co-sponsored by the Florida Climate Institute which is organizing another campus-wide talk with her for Thursday at 2 pm;  Professor Michael Gerrard, noted expert on climate change law from Columbia University, Dr. Glenn Morris, Director of the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute, and Dr. David Zierden, Florida State Climatologist will speak at our opening plenary.  Cynthia Barnett, noted author and journalist will be the keynote banquet speaker on Friday evening.  In addition, for a special Friday lunchtime event, Professor Mary Christina Wood, will join us via video conference from the University of Oregon to provide an overview and update on the pathbreaking climate litigation brought by Our Children’s Trust, which was Professor Wood’s brainchild and for which she continues to provide key intellectual and legal support. A Saturday morning workshop focuses on climate advocacy.  And on Saturday features an inspiring group of Millennials Making their Mark who will talk about their career paths, which may be of particular interest to students wondering how they can “do well while doing good”.



  • Starting Thursday, February 8th, 2018, repeated every day until Saturday, February 10, 2018 — all day


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