MARCH 2011

March 4th: Great Lakes Environmental Law Symposium
12-5pm with networking reception to follow at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60661-3691

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and the Chicago Park District will co-host the Great Lakes Environmental Law Symposium, bringing together diverse experts on Great Lakes law and policy from Chicago and around the region. Panelists will include environmental specialists from business and industry, professors of law, news media, state and federal regulators, and non-profit conservation organizations. Moderated discussions will address hot-button topics facing the Chicago Area Waterway System, such as the likely outcome of the ongoing Asian carp litigation, potential changes to disinfection requirements for the Chicago River, and whether officials should pursue hydrologic separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds.

March 24th: CBA YLS Environmental Law Committee Meeting on Environmental Issues in Land Development
12:15 pm - 1:15pm at Chicago Bar Association and Via Webcast

Our March meeting will feature John Quail, Director of Watershed Planning at Friends of the Chicago River, and Dave Scriven-Young, attorney at Peckar & Abramson, P.C.  The topic will be environmental issues in land development.

March 31st: Deadline for Nominating Individuals and Organizations/Programs for American Bar Association Awards for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy

Cosponsored by ABA Standing Committee on Environmental Law and ABA Section of Environment, Energy, & Resources

APRIL 2011

April 16th: Friends of the Park Earth Day Event
9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Site to be Determined

The Chicago Bar Association YLS Environmental Law Committee will be participating in Friends of the Parks' Earth Day Clean-Up. We will be volunteering at one of the city's parks or preserves and want you to join the effort! Friends of the Parks will provide equipment for the clean-up, but you should wear sturdy shoes, gloves, and weather appropriate gear. There will also be an informal gathering at a local bar near the park afterwards. Please R.S.V.P. to Joey Barnett at by March 1st. Another notice will be sent soon thereafter with the location of the park.

MAY 2011

May 14th-15th: Chicago Green Festival
McCormick Place

Spring thaw in Chicago is celebrated in earnest with the return of Green Festival to McCormick Place. From the vegan farmer steeped in tradition to the hydroponic enthusiast growing without sun or soil, Green Festival has the latest and greatest in all aspects of sustainable living. A diverse organic food court of fabulous vegan and vegetarian flavors can be topped off with sampling some of the best local organic beers and national wines. Twelve stages and pavilions host more than 125 enthusiastic speakers and teachers offering in-depth presentations and short talks on the issues and practices that matter to you. Over 300 green exhibits reflecting every category, live music and spoken word, yoga and movement classes, eco-art exhibit, cutting edge film cinema and continuous fun at the Green Kids Zone makes for a perfect weekend for individuals and families.

May 23rd-24th: Navigating the Green Economy: The Challenge of Climate Change and the Opportunities for Clean Energy
London School of Economics and Political Science, London, England

Sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Environmental Law