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UK Law’s KJEANRL Hosts Third Annual Symposium

March 21, 2017

On Tuesday, February 28, the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Law (KJEANRL), in conjunction with the University of Kentucky College of Law, hosted its third annual symposium entitled, “Faces of the Bluegrass.”

Legal practitioners and regulators from across Kentucky shared their thoughts on current legal, policy, and regulation issues affecting the environment, natural resources, and energy. The symposium took place in the UK Law Courtroom and was open to the public.

Whitney B. Grider, Executive Development Editor for the KJEANRL, was responsible for planning this year’s symposium. The third-year law student reached out to previous KJEANRL authors, previous symposium presenters, and past KJEANRL members to secure speakers for the all-day event. She worked with UK Law faculty and staff to make reservations, order food, market the event, and obtain funding.

“I worked really hard since I became Executive Development Editor last spring to make sure the symposium went off without a hitch,” said Grider. “I feel that it was an overall success.”

Presenters included:

  • Sean Alteri, Director for the Division for Air Quality 
  • Noah Friend, General Counsel for Allison Ball, Treasurer
  • Clay Larkin, Attorney at Dinsmore 
  • Dave Maples, Executive Vice President of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association
  • Bryan Reynolds, Attorney at Sullivan Mountjoy Stainback & Miller, PSC (Owensboro, KY)
  • Charles G. Snavely, Cabinet Secretary, Commonwealth of Kentucky, Energy and Environment Cabinet

The morning sessions focused on the issues of coal and the impact of cattle in Kentucky, while the afternoon sessions featured presentations entitled “Kentucky Oil and Gas Conservation Laws: Keeping Pace with Technological Advances in the Oil and Gas Industry” and “Clean Power Plan Update.” Students and activists participated by posing questions throughout the symposium.

“My favorite part of the symposium was seeing it all come together,” said Grider. “The KJEANRL could not have done it without the instrumental work of the College of Law community.”

The KJEANRL is a multi-disciplinary journal of law, science, and policy published twice annually by the University of Kentucky College of Law and edited entirely by students of the College of Law.