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March 3, 2016

On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture and Natural Resources Law (KJEARNL) and the University of Kentucky College of Law hosted a symposium entitled “Energy and the Environment: The Interplay of Regulations and Natural Resources Law and Policy.” Legal practitioners and regulators from across the country gathered in the College of Law Courtroom to share their thoughts on current legal, policy, and regulation issues affecting the environment, natural resources, and energy.

The all-day event featured a morning session on “Energy—The Power of Regulation” and an afternoon session on “Health and the Environment.” Maureen Carman, Past President of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, moderated the event. Presenters included:

  • Bruce BurcatExecutive Director, Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition
  • Joe Cain, Kentucky Farm Bureau
  • Elizabeth Edmondson, Esq., Director of Energy and Environmental Policy, the Council of State Governments
  • Ken Gish, Jr., Esq., Stites & Harbison, PLLC
  • Karen Greenwell, Wyatt, Tarrant, & Combs LLP
  • Lawrence Kogan, Esq., Kogan Law Group, P.C.
  • James Nicas, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
  • Marco Rajkovich, Esq., Rajkovich, Williams, Kilpatrick, & True, PLLC
  • Ray Tucker, President, Kentucky State Beekeepers Association

“It’s exciting to bring all these people together from across the country to start a conversation between practitioners and students and to show them what great things the College of Law and KJEANRL are doing,” said Lindsey Anderson, Executive Development Editor for the KJEANRL.

For Anderson, the KJEANRL’s Second Annual Symposium has been a year in the making. When the 3L stepped into her position last February, she immediately began the planning process. Unlike the inaugural symposium that focused on equine, agriculture, and natural resources law, Anderson wanted this year’s focus to be on one area.

“I wanted to be able to look into fewer issues more in depth,” said Anderson. “Natural Resources Law and Policy is an on trend topic and we’re going to be seeing a lot of future changes as a state, so now is the time to talk about it.”

The program was approved by the Kentucky Bar Association’s Commission on Legal Education for 6.75 hours of Continuing Legal Education Credit.

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.