Past Events

March 1, 2013

Environmental Law Symposium
Great Lakes Natural Resource Governance

CLE: 7 (including 1 ethics) Hours

Speaker: Cameron Davis, Senior Advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Counsel
Time: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Location: Wynne Courtroom and Atrium,Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN
Contact: Julie Davis at

The Great Lakes comprise the largest surface freshwater system on earth – estimated to be 20% of all fresh water on the planet – and governing this resource has been, for more than 100 years, subject of a complex orchestration of legal and institutional arrangements among the two countries, eight states, and one province that border the lakes. These legal frameworks have been constantly tested and periodically updated to respond to evolving uses, changing values, and new challenges to the conservation and management of the Great Lakes. New agreements among the littoral states designed to assure sustainable use and protect the lakes from extra-basin transfers became effective in 2008, and are only now being tested for the first time. In 2012, the cornerstone Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, first signed in 1972, was amended to “address aquatic invasive species, habitat degradation and the effects of climate change, and support continued work on existing threats to people’s health and the environment in the Great Lakes Basin...”

The IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law's Sixth Annual Spring Environmental Symposium will focus on these challenges and these new agreements, among others, designed to meet the challenges. Scholars and experts will address the theme on five panels:

  • Panel one examines Great Lakes challenges and emerging legal frameworks
  • Panel two explores the problem of invasive species and the Asian Carp
  • Panel three investigates the emerging threat of shale formation hydraulic fracturing
  • Panel four looks at community connections and human rights
  • Panel five offers lessons learned from international and comparative models

Keynote Speaker Cameron Davis is a long-time advocate for Great Lakes conservation, and the top official advising the US Environmental Protection Agency on the Great Lakes.

» Flyer/Agenda | ENR Symposium Page


» Online Registration for Outside (non-McKinney) Attendees

  • Attorneys who wish to obtain CLE credit - $100.00
  • General Admission - $25.00

» Online Registration for IU Students, Faculty and Staff

  • (no charge)


Parking is available for a nominal fee at the campus Gateway Garage, located near the corner of Michigan and California Streets (Address is 525 Blackford Street).  Parking is also available for a nominal fee at the Sports Complex (Natatorium) Garage, two blocks west of the law school, at 875 West New York Street.

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