Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy - News

Professor Roy GardnerProfessor Roy Gardner and Erin Okuno Present at 2017 National Mitigation and Ecosystem Banking Conference (NMEBC)
On May 10 and 11, 2017, Professor Roy Gardner and Foreman Biodiversity Fellow Erin Okuno presented at the NMEBC in Sacramento, California. Professor Gardner discussed the status of the Clean Water Rule in his presentation, "What's up with WOTUS (and other mitigation litigation)?" Erin discussed how in-lieu fee programs plan for long-term stewardship of wetlands in her presentation, "Planning for Perpetuity: Long-Term Stewardship for In-Lieu Fee Programs."

GNLUGujarat National Law University wins Stetson's Twenty-First Annual International Environmental Moot Court Competition
Stetson Law hosted the International Finals of the International Environmental Moot Court Competition on March 30-April 1, 2017, in Gulfport, Florida. Seventeen teams from around the world participated in the International Finals, and the team from Gujarat National Law University in India was the champion.
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Judge Anthony LuckyJudge Anthony Lucky Presents Foreman Biodiversity Lecture at Stetson Law
On March 30, 2017, Judge Anthony Lucky, member of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, presented an Edward and Bonnie Foreman Biodiversity Lecture about "The Role of the Courts in Promoting Biodiversity." The lecture was held in conjunction with the International Finals of Stetson's Twenty-First Annual International Environmental Moot Court Competition.
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Allison Conti and Arielle ClaudeStetson Students Advance to Semifinals of 2017 Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Negotiation Competition
On March 25-26, 2017, Stetson students Arielle Claude and Allison Conti competed at the Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Negotiation Competition in Richmond, Virginia. The team advanced to the semifinals. Professor Lance Long and Foreman Biodiversity Fellow Erin Okuno coached the team.

Professor Royal Gardner and Foreman Biodiversity Fellow Erin Okuno

Scientific Organizations Endorse Amici Curiae Brief Co-Authored by Stetson's Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy
Seven scientific organizations, including the Society of Wetland Scientists and the Ecological Society of America, issued a joint letter in support of protecting the nation's waters and to endorse an amici curiae brief that was recently filed in support of the Clean Water Rule. Stetson Law Professor Royal Gardner, Foreman Biodiversity Fellow Erin Okuno, and University of Wisconsin Professor Steph Tai filed the brief on behalf of wetland and water scientists.
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Dr. Song GaoDr. Song Gao Speaks at Stetson Law about Global Climate Change Issues and the Interplay between Science and Policy
On Feb. 27, 2017, Dr. Song Gao, associate professor of chemistry at Stetson University, spoke to members of the Stetson and local community as part of the Edward and Bonnie Foreman Biodiversity Lecture Series. Dr. Gao presented "Atmospheric Aerosols, Super Greenhouse Gases, Global Climate Change: Where Science Meets Policy."
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Miles Archabal and Vanessa MooreStetson Law Students Advance to Final Round at 2017 Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
Miles Archabal and Vanessa Moore, members of Stetson Law's award-winning Moot Court Board, were finalists at the 2017 Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, held on February 23-25, 2017, in White Plains, NY. Sixty-three teams competed, and Miles and Vanessa advanced to the final round, during which they argued in front of judges from the EPA Environmental Appeals Board and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Fifth Circuit, and Sixth Circuit. Professor Brooke Bowman, Professor Royal Gardner, and Foreman Biodiversity Fellow Erin Okuno coached the team.

Jacyln LopezJaclyn Lopez Presents Foreman Biodiversity Lecture about "Florida’s Frightening Phosphate Problem"
Jaclyn Lopez, Florida director of the Center for Biological Diversity, delivered the first Edward and Bonnie Foreman Biodiversity Lecture of the spring semester on Jan. 24, 2017. Lopez discussed how the phosphate industry has impacted the environment in Florida.
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Professor Royal Gardner

Amici Curiae Brief Filed on Behalf of Scientists in Support of Clean Water Rule
On Jan. 20, 2017, Professor Royal Gardner (Director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy at Stetson Law), Dr. Steph Tai (Associate Professor of Law at University of Wisconsin Law School), and Erin Okuno (Foreman Biodiversity Fellow at Stetson Law) filed an amici curiae brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. They filed the brief on behalf of 12 wetland and water scientists, including Dr. Kirsten Work and Dr. Benjamin R. Tanner (Stetson University), in support of the Clean Water Rule, which defines the geographic coverage of the Clean Water Act.
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[Note: The views expressed in the brief do not represent the views of Stetson University College of Law or any other institution identified in the brief. Affiliations of amici curiae and their counsel are provided in the brief for identification purposes only.]

IWLC Hosted in Pune, IndiaStetson Law's International Wildlife Law Conference Hosted in Pune, India
On Jan. 6-9, 2017, the Institute of Environment Education and Research, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, hosted the 17th International Wildlife Law Conference in Pune, India. The conference brought together wildlife law experts from governmental, non-governmental, and academic sectors. A post-conference tour was conducted in the Kanha Tiger Reserve.
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Jeanne Christie

Jeanne Christie Delivers Foreman Biodiversity Lecture at ELI-Stetson Wetlands Workshop
Stetson Law hosted the Fourth Annual ELI-Stetson Wetlands Workshop on Nov. 3, 2016. The theme of the workshop was "Beyond the Clean Water Act: The Role of State and Local Wetland Programs and the Potential of Brownfields as Mitigation Sites." Jeanne Christie, executive director of the Association of State Wetland Managers, delivered the Foreman Biodiversity Lecture to begin the workshop.
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Dr. Naomi Rose

Dr. Naomi A. Rose Delivers Foreman Biodiversity Lecture at Stetson Law about Captive Marine Mammals
On Sept. 29, 2016, Dr. Naomi A. Rose, a marine mammal scientist at the Animal Welfare Institute, gave a presentation at Stetson Law as part of the Edward and Bonnie Foreman Biodiversity Lecture Series. Dr. Rose spoke about the problems associated with keeping marine mammals in captivity, as well as regulatory and legislative developments related to captive whales and dolphins.
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Sea Turtle Law and Policy Course at Stetson LawStetson Law Awarded Grant by the Sea Turtle Grants Program for a Special Course on Sea Turtle Law and Policy
Thanks to a generous grant by the Sea Turtle Grants Program administered by the Sea Turtle Conservancy, Stetson’s Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy offered a one-credit, three-day course, “Topics in Biodiversity Law: Sea Turtles,” Aug. 26–28, 2016. As part of the course, students participated in a guided tour of a nesting beach at Fort De Soto Park.
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University of San Carlos

University of San Carlos Wins the 20th Annual Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition
Teams from around the world traveled to Stetson Law to participate in the International Finals of Stetson's International Environmental Moot Court Competition on April 13-16, 2016. Students presented arguments regarding whether an ambassador should be prosecuted for illegal ivory trade and whether elephants should be protected as cultural property. The team from the University of San Carlos was the champion.
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IWLC 2016Stetson Law Hosts 16th International Wildlife Law Conference
Speakers, students, and attendees from across the globe participated in the International Wildlife Law Conference at Stetson Law on April 13-14, 2016. Issues discussed include hunting, fishing, and other impacts on wildlife, as well as connections and collaborations across multilateral environmental agreements.
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Elizabeth GitariElizabeth Gitari Speaks at Stetson Law about Illegal Wildlife Trade and Protecting Elephants
On April 13, 2016, Elizabeth Gitari, an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and the legal affairs manager at WildlifeDirect, delivered the Edward and Bonnie Foreman Biodiversity Lecture at Stetson. She discussed innovations in the prosecution of illegal wildlife trade and shared some of her experiences working to protect elephants from poachers.
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Bike ShareStetson Student Steers Bike Share Program
Miles Archabal, a Stetson student in the environmental law concentration, is leading efforts to establish a bike shrae program at Stetson Law's Gulfport campus. He is seeking donations of used bikes for members of the Stetson community to use around campus.
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Professor Royal Gardner at the UN

Professor Gardner Returns to the United Nations to Speak about Wetlands
On March 21, 2016, Professor Royal C. Gardner spoke at the United Nations at the joint celebration of the International Day of Forests and World Water Day. Professor Gardner serves as chair of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. He discussed the importance of mangroves to people and ecosystems.
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Negotiation Team

Stetson Law's Environmental Negotiation Teams Participate in the 2016 Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Negotiation Competition
Two teams from Stetson Law participated in the Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Negotiation Competition on March 18-20, 2016. Hayley Brew, Tiffany Fanelli, Anabella Rojas, and Ciara Willis traveled with their coaches to Richmond, Virginia for the competition. Both Stetson teams advanced to the semifinals. The teams were coached by Professor Lance Long and Erin Okuno, Foreman Biodiversity Fellow.

Dr. Anne Meylan

Dr. Anne Meylan Speaks to Stetson Community about Being Stewards for Sea Turtles
Dr. Anne Meylan, senior research scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, gave a presentation at Stetson Law on March 1, 2016, as part of the Edward and Bonnie Foreman Biodiversity Lecture Series. Dr. Meylan discussed the threats to endangered sea turtles and explained how Florida is critically important as a nesting site for sea turtles.
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IPBES

Stetson's Biodiversity Institute's Director Attends IPBES Meeting in Malaysia
Professor Royal C. Gardner, director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, attended the Fourth Plenary Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4) on February 22-28, 2016, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. At the session, the first IPBES thematic assessment on pollinators, pollination, and food production was issued.
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Mayoral Town Hall

Gulfport Mayoral Candidates Speak about Environmental Issues at Stetson Law
Stetson Law students Emily Carter and Lauren Eliopoulos organized a public town hall forum at Stetson's Gulfport campus on February 25, 2016. Gulfport mayoral candidates spoke to members of the community about their positions on local environmental issues.
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Randall Arauz

Randall Arauz Presents Foreman Biodiversity Lecture at Stetson about Shark Finning
On Jan. 26, 2016, Randall Arauz, who is the president of PRETOMA, spoke to students, professors, and members of the community about the challenges and successes of Costa Rica's shark finning campaign.
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Professor Royal Gardner at the UN

Director of Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy Attends Meeting at U.N. in New York
Professor Royal Gardner, director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, spoke about wetlands at a meeting of the United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) in New York on Nov. 20, 2015. The meeting of world leaders included Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, and others.
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Wetlands Workshop 2015

Stetson Law Hosts Wetlands Workshop
On Nov. 12, 2015, Stetson Law hosted the Third Annual ELI-Stetson Wetlands Workshop. The topic was "Wetlands Mitigation and Long-Term Stewardship: Financial Challenges and Title Issues." Regulators, industry experts, wetland scientists, attorneys, law students, and graduate students from Florida and around the country attended the event.
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Dr. Rodrigo MedellinDr. Rodrigo A. Medellín, the "Bat Man of Mexico," Discusses the Importance of Biological Diversity
Dr. Medellín, senior professor of Ecology at the Institute of Ecology, UNAM, and the past president of the Society for Conservation Biology, presented at Stetson Law as part of the Edward and Bonnie Foreman Biodiversity Lecture Series on Oct. 22, 2015. He spoke about conservation science and why biological diversity is so important. Dr. Medellín provided examples of several successful conservation research projects that have protected different species.
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Professor Royal Gardner

Stetson Professor Royal Gardner Reappointed as Chair of Scientific Advisory Body of Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
Royal Gardner, professor of law and director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, has been reappointed as chair of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. One of 18 appointed experts, Professor Gardner will serve as chair for the 2016-2018 triennium.
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Sea Level Rise ConferenceStetson Law Faculty, Students, Staff, and Alumni Participate in Local Sea Level Rise Conference
On October 2-3, 2015, Stetson Law professors, students, staff, and alumni participated in a conference titled "Sea Level Rise: What's Our Next Move?" at St. Petersburg College. They acted as debaters, moderators, participants, and volunteers at the conference, which was designed to identify actionable next steps to address the issues associated with sea level rise.
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Mike Walker

Mike Walker, Attorney at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Speaks at Stetson Law
As part of the Foreman Biodiversity Lecture Series, Mike Walker, a senior enforcement attorney at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, presented at Stetson Law on September 29, 2015. He spoke about the legacy of Aldo Leopold, environmental ethics, and biodiversity issues.
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Carlton Ward JrPhotographer and Explorer Carlton Ward Jr. Delivers First Foreman Biodiversity Lecture of the Fall 2015 Semester
On Sept. 3, 2015, Carlton Ward Jr. spoke to over 150 students, faculty, staff, and members of the community about the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition and his work to help promote environmental conservation. Throughout his presentation, he shared photographs from his latest 70-day, 1,000-mile journey through Florida.
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Professor Royal Gardner

Professor Royal Gardner Attends Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
In June 2015, Professor Royal Gardner discussed the state of the world's wetlands and the Scientific and Technical Review Panel's (STRP) activities in his STRP Chair's report at the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention. More than 800 representatives from 140 countries attended this meeting, held in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
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Law Society of Ireland

Team from Law Society of Ireland Wins Stetson's International Environmental Moot Court Competition
On April 16-18, 2015, Stetson hosted the International Finals of Stetson's 19th Annual International Environmental Moot Court Competition. The International Finals Champion was the Law Society of Ireland, and the Finalist was the University of the Philippines.
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Dr. Bradnee ChambersExecutive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species Delivers Biodiversity Lecture at Stetson
Dr. Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Environment Programme Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), presented a lecture at Stetson as part of the Edward and Bonnie Foreman Biodiversity Lecture Series. Dr. Chambers spoke about innovations within the CMS.
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Professor Royal GardnerProfessor Royal Gardner Co-Authors Briefing Note Urging for Wetland Conservation and Restoration
In April 2015, Professor Royal Gardner co-authored a briefing note with international scientists. The briefing note highlights the continuing loss and degradation of wetlands, and calls on policymakers to take action to conserve and protect wetlands and the ecosystem services they provide.
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Ignacia Moreno

Former U.S. Assistant Attorney General Lectures on Environmental and Natural Resources Law
On March 11, 2015, Ignacia Moreno spoke to Stetson students about her experience as an environmental attorney. She was formerly in charge of the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice. Her lecture was part of the Edward and Bonnie Foreman Biodiversity Lecture Series.
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RamsarProfessor Royal Gardner Attends Meeting of the Standing Committee for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
During Jan. 26-30, 2015, Professor Royal Gardner attended the 48th Meeting of the Standing Committee in Gland, Switzerland. The Standing Committee oversees the affairs of the Ramsar Convention and typically meets every year.
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Blue TangStudents Attend Blue Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit
Stetson students attended the Blue Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit in St. Petersburg, Florida, in early November 2014. The students viewed presentations and films about threats to our oceans.
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Dr. John CarlsonNOAA Research Fishery Biologist Speaks at Stetson about Endangered Smalltooth Sawfish
Dr. John Carlson, a research fishery biologist with the Southeast Fisheries Science Center for the National Marine Fisheries Service, presented a lecture as part of the Edward and Bonnie Foreman Biodiversity Lecture Series on Oct. 8, 2014, at Stetson Law.
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IACSea Turtle Conservation at Stetson
Last spring, Stetson offered a special course to students that covered policies and laws related to protecting endangered sea turtles. Stetson also hosted the Consultative Committee Meeting of the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles.
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Earth Day EventEarth Day Event
Stetson students hosted an Earth Day celebration on campus to spread awareness about sustainable living. The Stetson student Environmental Law Society, Student Wellness Society and Food Law Society sponsored the event, which included music, art, food, and informational booths.
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ElephantStudent Presents Proposed Solution to Illegal Ivory Trade
Part-time Stetson student Ethan Arthur traveled to Arlington, Virginia to present his proposal about how to stop elephant poaching and illegal ivory trade. He spoke at a meeting of the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking.
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Amicus Brief Students and Professor Help Write Supreme Court Amicus Brief
Stetson students Marc Shumaker and Erin Okuno and Professor Royal Gardner worked with the National Wildlife Federation to prepare an amicus brief in a wetlands case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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