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Bridging the Divide

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

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Conference Speakers

Barton H. Thompson, Jr., Stanford Law School and Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford

Barton H. ("Buzz") Thompson, Jr. is the Robert E. Paradise Professor of Natural Resources Law at Stanford Law School, where he teaches courses in environmental law, natural resources law, water law, and property. He is also Director of Stanford's university-wide Woods Institute for the Environment and a Senior Fellow at both the Woods Institute and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Professor Thompson serves on EPA's Science Advisory Board and chairs its Committee on the Valuation of the Protection of Ecological Systems and Services. Professor Thompson is extensively published in the environmental law and natural resources fields.


Walter F. Pratt, Jr., University of South Carolina School of Law

Walter F. ("Jack") Pratt, Jr. assumed the deanship of the School of Law in July 2006 after serving on the faculty of The Law School, University of Notre Dame, since 1986, including service as Associate Dean. Dean Pratt's areas of academic interest include legal history, contracts and commercial law. He has published numerous books, book chapters, articles, and book reviews, and made many presentations in those areas. Dean Pratt's extensive background includes service as a clerk to United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger and teaching at Duke University and Brigham Young University. He has been active in the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, and the American Society for Legal History.


Kim Diana Connolly, University of South Carolina School of Law

Professor Connolly directs the Environmental Law Clinic, and teaches Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy, Environmental Advocacy, Environmental Law of SC, and Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating. She is also a member of the summer faculty at Vermont Law School where she teaches Wetlands Law and Policy. Her areas of scholarly interest include natural resources and public lands law, with a focus on wetland and coastal matters.


Nancy Vinson, Coastal Conservation League

Nancy Vinson serves as the Director, Water Quality and State Legislative Programs, for the Coastal Conservation League, headquartered in Charleston South Carolina. Ms. Vinson holds a BS in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina and has received awards for her conservation work. Ms. Vinson has played a leading role in strategy and lobbying for passage of state legislation including the SC Stormwater Management and Erosion Control Act, the SC Solid Waste Management Act, the SC Energy Conservation and Efficiency Act, the act to ban high phosphate detergents, and rules on hazardous waste and water quality standards.


Henry McMaster, South Carolina Attorney General

South Carolina Attorney General since 2002, Henry McMaster is regarded as a champion for South Carolina's community values and shared natural environmental heritage. The Sierra Club recently named General McMaster Elected Official of the Year. In response to a request from Sen. Arthur Ravenel, General McMaster made it clear that the law requires the state's coastal agency to protect public trust tidelands for the benefit of all the state's citizens. Prior to election as Attorney General, McMaster served in many distinguished posts, including United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina and as a member of the Republican National Committee. He holds both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina.


Ellison D. Smith, Smith, Bundy, Bybee and Barnett

Mr. Smith practices in the areas of environmental law, condemnation law and administrative law. His firm, Smith, Bundy, Bybee and Barnett, PC has evolved from a partnership formed by Ellison Smith and Bill Bundy in 1988. The firm currently concentrates its areas of practice in the environmental, real estate valuation and construction litigation fields.


Carolyn Risinger Boltin, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Ms. Boltin serves as deputy commissioner for the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control in Charleston. Prior to that she served as Chief for the Natural Resource Damage Division for the National Pollution Funds Center, U.S. Coast Guard in Arlington, VA.


Marc R. Poirier, Seton Hall University School of Law

Professor Poirier has taught at Seton Hall in Newark, New Jersey since 1991. He writes and teaches in the areas of regulatory takings, environmental law, coastal land use, property theory, environmental justice, administrative law, gender discrimination, and law and sexuality. Before entering academia, he practiced law for twelve years at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Spiegel & McDiarmid, where he specialized in hydroelectric licensing and other energy regulatory matters.


Marcilynn A. Burke, University of Houston Law Center

Professor Burke serves as an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Houston, where she teaches courses in Environmental Law and Property. Her scholarly interests include environmental law and international commercial arbitration. She received her A.B. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from Yale Law School.


Faith Rivers, Vermont Law School

Faith Rivers is an Associate Professor at Vermont Law School where she teaches courses in legislation, administrative law, property and nonprofit organizations. Professor Rivers specializes in the legal history, legislative challenges and administrative obstacles to the preservation of heirs' property, a prevalent form of African American property ownership. The Nonprofit Academic Centers Council recently awarded Professor Rivers the David Stevenson Fellowship. The fellowship supports Professor Rivers' work entitled "Bridging the Black-Green-White Divide," which examines the impact of diversity on environmental organizational governance and pursuit of environmental justice goals.


Richard Roos-Collins, National Heritage Foundation

Mr. Collins is an experienced trial attorney representing both public agencies and non-profit organizations in natural resources policy, energy, hazardous waste, and air quality laws as Director of Legal Services at the National Heritage Foundation. He served as attorney-adviser in the Office of General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as Deputy Attorney General for the Public Rights Division, California Department of Justice. In addition to his busy practice, Mr. Collins has published numerous law review articles in the environmental law area.


Erin Ryan, William & Mary School of Law Professor

Professor Ryan teaches natural resources law, real property law, and negotiation at the William & Mary Law School. She is a graduate of the Harvard Law School, where she was a fellow with the Harvard Negotiation Research Program, and a former law clerk to Judge James R. Browning of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to joining the faculty at William & Mary, she practiced environmental, land use, and local government law in San Francisco and taught at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Professor Ryan publishes on topics in environmental law, dispute resolution, and federalism.


Sam Kalen, Van Ness Feldman

Currently a partner at the Washington DC law firm of Van Ness Feldman, Mr. Kalen has practiced natural resources and environmental law for 18 years. His experience included service as a Special Assistant in the Department of the Interior's Office of the Solicitor. Mr. Kalen has taught environmental law as an adjunct at the University of Baltimore School of Law, and for the past few years has served as the Chair of the American Bar Association's Book Publication program for Environment, Energy and Resources. He has published a number of law review articles on environmental and natural resource issues, one of which has been cited in a U.S. Supreme Court opinion.


J.B. Ruhl, Florida State University School of Law

Professor Ruhl served as the Matthew and Hawkins Professor of Property and is a nationally regarded expert in the fields of endangered species protection, regulation of wetlands, ecosystem management, environmental impact analysis, and environmental and natural resources law. His extensive publications include award-winning articles and the forthcoming casebook, The Law of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management (Foundation Press). He teaches Environmental Law, Land Use, and Property.


James Salzman, Duke University School of Law and Nicholas School of Environment and Earth Sciences

Professor Salzman joined the Duke Law Faculty in 2004 and holds a joint appointment as the Nicholas Institute Professor of Environmental Policy at the Nicholas School of Environment and Earth Sciences. He has also been a visiting professor at Yale, Harvard, and Stanford Universities, as well as at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, and Lund University, Lund, Sweden. Salzman serves on the editorial board of three professional journals and on the advisory boards of three environmental non-profits, and has written numerous publications on environmental law.


Josh Eagle, University of South Carolina School of Law

Professor Eagle teaches property, environmental and natural resources law. He has published in the past on a range of issues, including fishery management and endangered species. His current research focuses on ocean zoning, marine protected areas, and on improving public participation in resource decision-making.