On November 6 the UW School of Law brought together many of the world’s leading experts on ocean acidification in its first-annual Environmental Law Symposium. The symposium had a large turnout of 250+ attendees and included speakers such as Jay Manning of Cascadia Law Group PLLC and Dennis McLerran of EPA Region 10. SMEA Director Terrie Klinger and Affiliate Assistant Professor Jan Newton kicked off the morning science panel talking about the latest research and findings on ocean acidification. The afternoon was dedicated to discussing where ocean acidification fits into current U.S. law. SMEA Assistant Professor Ryan Kelly discussed with others the emerging body of U.S. law that is the backdrop for current and future conflicts over efforts to curb ocean acidification. Organizers plan to hold an environmental law-focused symposium each year going forward on other regionally relevant topics like natural disasters.
To hear more about the symposium, click here to listen to a feature from KPLU.