Symposium to Discuss Legal Responses to Environmental Concerns

Symposium to Discuss Legal Responses to Environmental Concerns

Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law and Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography will co-sponsor the NSU Law Environmental Symposium, “Changing Climates, Sea Levels and Species: Legal & Policy Reponses for South Florida,” on April 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at NSU’s Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center building.

Featuring a wide spectrum of topics on environmentally-related legal issues, the symposium qualifies for continuing legal education (CLE) credits for attorneys.

“This is a unique opportunity for environmental scientists and legal experts to share knowledge about a plethora of environmental issues and how they are impacting society,” said Richard E. Dodge, Ph.D., dean of the NSU Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography.

Speakers will cover topics from sea level rise adaption and its legal and economic impact to hazard mitigation and relocation assistance and information that scientists feel attorneys should know.

“This is an important interface on pressing environmental issues of today and the legal implications,” added Jon M. Garon, J.D., dean of NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law.

Panelists and topics are included below (subject to change):


Panel 1: Economic, Real Estate and Risk Management Legal Issues

  • Mitchell A. Chester, Esq:  Sea level rise adaption from the legal and economic perspectives, including law, insurance and mortgages
  • Keith W. Rizzardi, faculty member, St. Thomas University School of Law: Private sector ethics, risk of fraud and malpractice, hazard mitigation and relocation assistance


Panel 2: Fish and Wildlife Habitat Issues

  • Shannon A. Estenoz- director, Office of Everglades Restoration Initiatives, U.S. Department of the Interior: Responding to the threat of invasive exotic species
  • David White, Esq.: Marine protected areas


Panel 3: What Scientists Want Attorneys to Know

  • Song Gao, Ph.D., associate professor, chemistry, NSU Halmos College
  • Joel A. Mintz, professor, NSU Shepard Broad College of Law


Panel 4: Government Leadership Initiatives

  • Erin L. Deady, Esq.: Climate and sea level rise issues for local government planning
  • Dr. Nicholas G. Aumen, regional advisor, U.S. Geological Survey: Ecosystem and water management system
  • Jim Murley, Miami Dade chief resilience officer: Building resilience within Greater Miami and the beaches
  • Jennifer Jurado, Ph.D., director, Broward County Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division: Resiliency in Broward County and the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact


Continental breakfast and full lunch will be served. The Florida Bar has approved five CLE credit hours (general) certification credits for city, county and local government law, and also state and federal government and administrative practice.

To register, go to: or for more information please contact Elena Minicucci, director of Alumni Relations, NSU Shepard Broad College of Law, at or 954-262

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