Environmental justice conference at Wayne Law set for Jan. 26

DETROIT — Environmental law professors, organizers, advocates and students from across the country will converge Friday, Jan. 26 for “Environmental Justice in Practice,” a conference at Wayne State University Law School.

The conference, which is free and open to the public, will focus on emerging legal issues related to environmental injustice and exploration of career opportunities. Delivering the morning keynote address will be Mustafa Santiago Ali, senior vice president of climate, environmental justice & community revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus. Delivering the lunch keynote address will be Charles Lee, senior policy advisor for the Office of Environmental Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Complete conference details and registration are available at go.wayne.edu/law-environmentaljustice. Limited space is available.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Wayne Law’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, 471 W. Palmer St. Parking is available for $7.75 (credit and debit cards only) in Structure No. 1 across West Palmer Street from the law school.

The agenda for the conference includes expert panels on the topics of careers in environmental justice, energy and climate justice, water access and affordability, and urban air quality. Opening remarks will be given by Wayne Law Dean Richard A. Bierschbach; and Dr. Agustin V. Arbulu, executive director for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

Panelists include:

  • Denise Abdul-Rahman, environmental climate justice chair, NAACP Indiana
  • State Rep. Stephanie Chang, Michigan House of Representatives
  • Mark P. Fancher, staff attorney, Racial Justice Project, ACLU of Michigan
  • Marnese Jackson, regional field organizer, NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice Program
  • Monica Lewis-Patrick, co-founder, president and CEO, We the People of Detroit
  • Michelle Martinez, executive director, Third Horizon Consulting; coordinator, Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition
  • Jeremy Orr, vice-chair, Environmental Justice Committee – Civil Rights & Social Justice Section, American Bar Association
  • Juliana Pino, policy director, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
  • Rashida Tlaib, community partnerships & development director, Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice
  • Tony Reames, assistant professor, University of Michigan
  • Cyndi Roper, senior policy advocate, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Maria Thomas, PowerUP program leader, Soulardarity
  • Jalonne White-Newsome, senior program officer (environment), The Kresge Foundation

The event is sponsored by Wayne State University Law School's Transnational Environmental Law Clinic; Wayne Law's Environmental Law Society; University of Chicago Law School's Abrams Environmental Law Clinic; American Bar Association's Environmental Justice Committee of the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice; Great Lakes Environmental Law Center; Environmental Law Institute; and CURES at Wayne State University.

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Contact: Kaylee Place

Phone: 313-577-4629

Email: kaylee.place@wayne.edu

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