South Carolina's Flagship University

Bridging the Divide

Public and Private Interest in Coastal Marshes and Marsh Islands
September 7-8, 2006

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Conference Schedule

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006
Law School Auditorium

7:30 pm


Introduction and Keynote Speech [VIDEO]

Barton ("Buzz") Thompson, Jr.
Robert E. Professor of Natural Resources, Stanford Law School Director, Woods Institute for the Environment

Friday, Sept. 8, 2006
Russell House Ballroom

8:00 am
9:00 am


Breakfast and Registration
Welcome and Introductions

Walter F. ("Jack") Pratt, Jr.
Dean, University of South Carolina School of Law

Kim Diana Connolly
Associate Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law,
Director, Environmental Law Clinic

9:15 am

Panel I: South Carolina's Marsh Island Debate [VIDEO]

Nancy Vinson
Director, Water Quality and State Legislative Programs, Coastal Conservation League

Henry McMaster
Attorney General, South Carolina

Ellison D. Smith
Attorney, Smith Bundy Bybee and Barnett

Carolyn Risinger Boltin
Deputy Commissioner, Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

10:45 am

11:00 am


Panel II: Public Trust: Where Has it Been and Where is it Going? [VIDEO]

Marc R. Poirier
Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School

Marcilynn A. Burke
Assistant Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center

Faith Rivers
Assistant Professor of Law, Vermont Law School

Richard Roos-Collins
Director of Legal Services, National Heritage Institute

1:00 pm

2:45 pm


Panel III: Bridging Marsh Islands, Public Trust and other Contemporary Matters [VIDEO]

Erin Ryan
Assistant Professor of Law, William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law

Sam Kalen
Attorney, VanNess, Feldman, P.C.

J.B. Ruhl
Matthew & Hawkins Professor of Property, Florida State University College of Law

James Salzman
Professor of Law, Duke Law School, Nicholas Institute Professor of Environmental Policy, Nicholas School of Environmental and Earth Sciences

4:45 pm

5:00 pm


6:00 pm


Moderated Discussion: The Post-Modern Public Trust Era

Josh Eagle
Assistant Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law


Panel Moderators

Dwayne E. Porter,
University of South Carolina

Dr. Porter holds a joint appointment with the University of South Carolina Department of Environmental Health Sciences and the Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences where he is director of the Geographic Information Processing Laboratory. In addition he is on the faculty of the Marine Science Program and directs the activities of the NOAA NERRS Centralized Data Management Office located in Georgetown, SC.

F. Patrick Hubbard,
University of South Carolina School of Law

Professor Hubbard is an expert on criminal law, jurisprudence, torts, and land use planning. In addition to publishing in the area, his interest in land use planning includes working on a drafting committee for recent amendments to the South Carolina zoning enabling act, serving as chair of the Columbia Planning Commission, and working with neighborhood organizations in zoning matters.

Madilyn Fletcher,
University of South Carolina School of the Environment

Dr. Fletcher was recently appointed to serve as the Director of the University of South Carolina School of the Environment, and is also a Professor in Marine Science and Biological Sciences. She previously served as director of USC's Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences, and has extensive experience in research and service on a national and international level, including as President of the National Association of Marine Laboratories.