Marcilynn Burke - What’s New Under the Sun: Offshore Energy Development in the Southeast

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Monday, March 24, 2014

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

Classroom 4004 - William Graham Jr. Classroom

The Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation and Resources (CLEAR) and the North Carolina Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center present Marcilynn Burke, Professor at the University of Houston Law Center and former Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, on Monday, March 24 at noon in Room 4004 at the University of North Carolina School of Law. 

Ms. Burke’s talk, “What’s New Under the Sun: Offshore Energy Development in the Southeast,” will discuss offshore energy policy and how upcoming changes could affect the Southeast.

More about Ms. Burke: Marcilynn A. Burke is a tenured professor at the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC), where she teaches courses in property and natural resources law.  Her research articles have been published in noted journals, such as the Notre Dame Law Review and the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum.  Prof. Burke also is the Founding and Senior Partner of CeeLife Development, a consulting and coaching firm created to strengthen organizations and individuals, with a focus on the fields of environment, energy, and natural resources.  As a developmental and motivational speaker with almost 20 years of experience in this field, Prof. Burke has provided guidance in academic, corporate, government, and community settings. 

From 2009 until 2013, Prof. Burke took leave from UHLC to serve at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where she began as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Deputy Director for Programs and Policy.  In 2011, President Barack Obama designated her as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management (ASLM).  As the Acting ASLM, she helped develop the policies that are administered by four federal agencies:  the BLM; the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM); the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE); and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE).  These agencies, with over 12,000 employees, endeavor to ensure appropriate management and use of federal lands, waters, and cultural resources, and the regulation of surface coal mining.  The geographic scope of these activities encompasses the continental United States and large parts of Alaska, as well as the Outer Continental Shelf. 

President Obama nominated Burke in 2012 as his Assistant Secretary-Designate, and the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Energy and Natural Resources positively reported on her nomination later that year.  While awaiting action by the full U.S. Senate, Burke served as Acting ASLM until January 2013, before resuming her professorship at UHLC. 

Burke received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  She obtained her law degree from Yale Law School, where she was an editor for both the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism and the Yale Journal of International Law.

0.75 CLE hours applied for.  Public parking available at Ram’s Head Parking Deck or at parking meters close to the law school.  Questions? E-mail

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