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?