College of Law

Great Lakes Water Conference

"Lake Erie Bill of Rights, PFAS, Plus More"
The 19th Annual Great Lakes Water Conference
Nov. 8, 2019

The University of Toledo College of Law
McQuade Law Auditorium (1825 West Rocket Drive)

Toledo’s innovative Lake Erie Bill of Rights will share the stage with a family of "forever chemicals" and other hot topics at the 19th annual Great Lakes Water Conference on Friday, Nov. 8 at The University of Toledo College of Law.

Titled "Lake Erie Bill of Rights, PFAS, Plus More," the conference will feature three panels of law and policy experts. One panel will debate the City of Toledo’s controversial new "rights of nature" ordinance that has attracted national and international attention. The other two panels will explore water quality problems posed by PFAS chemicals, a proposed rule affecting the reach of the federal Clean Water Act, the new H2Ohio initiative, and a proposed new diversion of Great Lakes water.

Carrie Sowden, archaeological director of the National Museum of the Great Lakes, will be the keynote speaker. The conference is sponsored by the College of Law and its Legal Institute of the Great Lakes.

The one-day conference is free to the public. Registration is $75 for attorneys seeking 4.5 hours of Ohio CLE.  

For more information about the conference, see the conference brochure. For CLE or a box lunch, register online

2019 CLE Materials:


AGENDA

8:00 a.m. - CHECK-IN FOR CLE REGISTRANTS

8:30 a.m. - WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

  • D. Benjamin Barros - Dean, University of Toledo College of Law (Toledo, OH)

8:45 a.m. - KEYNOTE SPEAKER 

  • Carrie SowdenArchaeological Director, National Museum of the Great Lakes (Toledo, OH) 

9:15 a.m. - PANEL 1:  LAKE ERIE BILL OF RIGHTS
Moderator:

  • Professor Kenneth KilbertUniversity of Toledo College of Law (Toledo, OH) 

Speakers:

  • Jason Hill - Court Administrator, Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals (Toledo, OH)         
  • Terry Lodge - Attorney (Toledo, OH)
  • Louis Tosi - Attorney, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick (Toledo, OH)

10:45 a.m. - BREAK

11:00 a.m. - PANEL 2:  PFAS AND WATER QUALITY
Moderator:

  • Professor Nicholas Schroeck -University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (Detroit, MI)

Speakers:

  • Kristy Meyer - Associate Director, Freshwater Future (Columbus, OH)
  • Professor Oday Salim - Director, Environmental Law & Sustainability Clinic, University of Michigan Law School (Ann Arbor, MI) 
  • Steve Sliver - Executive Director, Michigan PFAS Action Response Team, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (Lansing, MI)

12:30 p.m. - LUNCH

1:30 p.m. - PANEL 3:  MORE HOT TOPICS
Moderator:

  • Professor Heidi Gorovitz Robertson - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH)

Speakers:

  • Joy Mulinex - Executive Director, Ohio Lake Erie Commission (Cleveland, OH)
  • Professor David StriflingDirector, Water Law & Policy Initiative, Marquette University Law School (Milwaukee, WI)

3:00 p.m. - CLOSING


Previous Years' Conferences

Historically, water law has been the province of lawyers and policymakers in the arid western United States. In recent years, however, lawmakers in the Great Lakes region have come to recognize the critical role that water management plays in securing a healthy and vibrant society over the long term. In recognition of this development, the College of Law and the Legal Institute of the Great Lakes sponsor annual conferences each fall on water issues of importance to the Great Lakes region and the nation.

2018: Regional Water and More

2017: The Trump and Trudeau Administrations on Water

2016: Safe Drinking Water: A Tale of Three Cities

2015: Algae, Pipelines, and More

2014: Defining and Defending Our Waters

2013: Algae: A Blooming Problem in the Great Lakes and Beyond

2012: New Laws Impacting Water Quality and Quantity

2011: More Than Diversions: Compact, Fracking, Shores and Carp

2010: Renewable Energy, Drugs and More in Our Waters

2009: Stimulating, Restoring, and Protecting the Great Lakes

2008: Implementing the Compact, Transboundary Pollution, and Groundwater

2007: Invasive Species, Ethanol, and Updates on the Compact

2006: Climate Change, the Courts, and a Common Water Policy

2005: National Water Crisis: Energy and Access for All?

2004: Drawing the Line

2003: Beneath the Surface

2002: Great Lakes Neighbors: Managing International Waters in Crisis

2001: The National Water Crisis: A Great Lakes Response

 

Last Updated: 11/8/19