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CLEAR Welcomes Professor Marcilynn Burke

On March 24, 2014, CLEAR co-hosted, with the North Carolina Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center, Marcilynn Burke for a lecture titled "What's New Under the Sun: Offshore Energy Development in the Southeast." Professor Burke received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies from UNC-CH, and then 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. Professor Burke currently teaches property and natural resources law at the University of Houston Law Center. Her articles have been published in noted journals, including the Notre Dame Law Review and the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum.

Additionally, Professor Burke served as the former Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. 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.

Professor 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, Professor Burke has provided guidance in academic, corporate, government, and community settings.

Professor Flatt Speaks at NSU & CPR's Energy Law & Policy Symposium

In February, Professor Flatt spoke at the "New Directions in Energy Law and Policy, Climate Disruption and Sea Level Rise," co-hosted by the Center for Progressive Reform and Nova Southeastern University. The symposium featured presentations by scientists, law professors, federal, state and local government officials, and representatives of NGOs on the threats posed by climate disruption and sea level rise--both nationally and in Florida--and ways in which national and state energy policies may be reformed to better mitigate and adapt to those threats.

Fall Environmental Lecture by Carolina Law Alum Trip Van Noppen

On November 25, 2013, CLEAR co-hosted, with UNC's Institute for the Environment, a lecture by Trip Van Noppen, President of Earthjustice. Entitled "Climate Change: Where Law and Politics Intersect," the talk discussed how to affect major change in federal environmental policy, the complex politics that are involved in affecting change, and how one person who wants to make a real difference can truly do so.

Trip Van Noppen leads the Earthjustice staff, board and supporters to advance its mission of using the courts to protect our environment and people's health. Before his time with Earthjustice, Van Noppen worked in a litigation practice emphasizing civil rights, employment, environmental and toxic tort cases and directed the Southern Environmental Law Center's Carolinas office.

CLEAR Supports Environmental Law MOOC

CLEAR, in conjunction with the UNC School of Law Environmental Law Project, is excited to announce that Professor Don Hornstein will be teaching the first Environmental Law Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), starting September 16, 2013 and running for six weeks. Author of numerous publications, Professor Hornstein has also won the McCall Teaching Award for Excellence at Carolina Law eight times, been awarded the Johnston Teaching Excellence Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, and was honored in 2010 with UNC's highest teaching award, the Friday Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was one of 26 faculty from around the country profiled in the new book What The Best Law Teachers Do.

The "Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy" course is offered through Coursera, and more than 15,000 individuals have already registered to participate. The course is primarily geared toward non-law students, and is designed for everyone, even those who have not graduated from university. Topics covered will include nuisance, property, water, land, pollution control, information and risk. The primary way participants will interact is through discussion forums, most of which will be started by participants
themselves. Obviously, with so many individuals taking part, it is impossible for Professor Hornstein to participate in each forum or answer each question.

That's where those with environmental law knowledge come in: we are inviting all to register for the course, participate in the discussion forums, and share your wisdom and expertise. The time commitment is as much or as little as you want. There is no pre-screening or other approval process. Simply register for "Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy" at using your name and e-mail address. More detailed instructions and an example discussion forum are available (PDF).

We hope the Environmental Law MOOC will be a way to talk about environmental law with those who don’t otherwise have a way to access it, including those internationally. Their experience will be greatly enhanced with your participation.

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