Fall Environmental Forum, October 29, 2008

The Florida State University College of Law and The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section present:


Wednesday, October 29, 2008
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
B.K. Roberts Hall, Room 102

Reception to follow forum in the Rotunda

Florida State Law’s Fall 2008 Environmental Law Forum will explore the drives for, and consequences of, coastal development in the Big Bend region and Florida Panhandle. Specific topics include the needs and concerns of local governments, the role of storms and hurricanes in development of the Florida coast, the effect of coastal development on Florida's ecology and natural resources, and the role of insurance, especially Florida's state insurance program, in both shaping coastal development and raising larger public policy issues.

Jennifer Davis, a second-year student at Florida State Law and president of the law school's Environmental Law Society, will introduce the forum.


Markus Huettel is a professor in Florida State’s Oceanography Department. His research interests include coastal ocean sedimentary processes, transport processes at the sediment-water interface, and the biology and ecology of sedimentary organisms. Prior to joining Florida State in 2003, Professor Huettel was a research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Germany.
Howard W. Kessler, M.D., is a Wakulla County Commissioner representing District 4. He has served on the commission since 2002 and in that capacity, has made decisions on a variety of environment, land use and developmental issues. Before retiring to Wakulla County in 1999, Kessler was in orthopedic private practice in Somerset, Pennsylvania, and Sarasota.
Patrick F. Maroney is the Kathryn Magee Kip Professor at the Florida State College of Business Department of Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate and Business Law. He has been a faculty member at Florida State since 1981 and currently serves as director of the Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center. He also is an active member of The Florida Bar’s Administrative Law Section. Professor Maroney’s research concentration is in the area of insurance law and regulation.
James “Jim” O’Brien, the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor in Meteorology and Oceanography at Florida State, founded the university’s Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies. His most recent research interest is on the impact of climate variability on our everyday life. His past research on ocean modeling led to breakthroughs in understanding coastal upwelling, El Niño, La Niña, and hurricane effects on the ocean. Professor O’Brien is a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Robin Kundis Craig, Florida State Law's Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund Professor, will moderate the forum. Prior to joining the law school in 2006, she taught at several other nationally regarded law schools. She is a leading authority on all things water.

Florida Bar CLE credit has been approved for this event.

Call 850.644.7781 or send an e-mail to reserve a seat at the forum.