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environmental practicum fall 2014

ECOL 8710/JURI 5290
The class meets Wednesdays, 10:10 am - 12:05 pm, in Room D of the Law School unless noted otherwise.

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About the Practicum
Faculty: Laurie Fowler, Law and Ecology.

The fall class includes only law students and the spring class includes graduate students in law, environmental design, ecology, forestry and engineering. The purpose of the class is to provide you an opportunity to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to solve real environmental problems faced by clients. This includes learning/applying skills in problem identification, analysis of viewpoints and motivations of all relevant actors, policy development (taking these viewpoints/motivations into account) and communicating the need for and content of your policy. Another major purpose of the spring class is to provide an opportunity to work with students and faculty from other disciplines to develop sustainable environmental solutions.

Students will engage in a group project and will also be responsible for two or three independent assignments of their choosing spaced throughout the semester (we call these "memos").

We intend the class lectures to be rather broad in scope so as to be useful to all the students in the class but they will cover topics that are essential to an understanding of the group projects.

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Schedule
All dates are Wednesdays unless specified otherwise.

Date
Topic/Speakers

Wed. Aug. 20
10:10 am - Noon

  • Introduction to Practicum (Laurie Fowler, Katie Sheehan)
  • Review/Discuss learning goals, rubric, schedule, potential projects, other assignments
Mon. Aug. 25
9 am
DUE: Political Biography

Wed. Aug. 27
10:10 am - Noon

  • Political Autobiography Bingo (?maybe?)
  • The Federal Coastal Zone Management Act and the Georgia Marshland Protection Act Questions/ Discussions about projects

DUE 9 am: Journal

Tue. Sept. 2
9 am
DUE: Memo Draft 1

Wed. Sept. 3
10:10 am - Noon

 

  • Select projects
  • TBD
  • Individual memo meetings (before or after class)

DUE: Journal

Wed. Sept. 10
10:10 am - Noon

Protecting Natural Resources through the National Flood Insurance Program (Shana Jones, Carl Vinson Institute of Government)

Mon. Sept. 15
9 am
DUE: Work Plan draft
Tues. Sept. 16
9 am

Meetings w/ groups to discuss work plans

Wed. Sept. 17
10:10 am - Noon
  • TBD
  • Presentation of work plans

DUE 9 am: Journal

Tues. Sept. 23
5 - 6:30 pm
Zygmunt Plater seminar CANCELLED
Wed. Sept. 24
10:10 am - Noon
  • Recent Coastal Litigation (Nate Hunt, Southern Environmental Law Center)
  • Presentation of work plans

DUE 9 am: Work Plan final

Mon. Sept. 29
9 am
DUE: Memo Draft 2

Wed. Oct. 1
10:10 am - Noon

  • TBD
  • Students present findings from memo work to date
  • Individual memo meetings (before or after class)

DUE 9 am: Journal

Wed. Oct. 8
10:10 am - Noon

  • TBD
  • Students present findings from memo work to date
  • Individual memo meetings (before or after class)
Wed. Oct. 15

“Case” rounds

DUE 9 am: Journal

Wed. Oct. 22 NO CLASS
Mon. Oct. 27
9 am
DUE: Memo Draft 3
Wed. Oct. 29
9 am


NO CLASS

DUE: Journal

Wed. Nov. 5
10:10 am - Noon
  • TBD
  • Students present findings from memo work to date
Wed. Nov. 12
10:10 am - Noon
  • "Case" rounds
  • TBD

DUE 9 am: Journal
DUE 9 am: Group Product draft

Mon. Nov. 17
9 am
DUE: Memo Draft 4

Wed. Nov. 19
10:10 am - Noon

  • TBD
  • Students present findings from memo work to date
  • Individual memo meetings (before or after class)
Fri. Nov. 21
9 am

DUE: Journal
DUE: All final memos

DUE:Group Product Final

Wed. Nov. 26 NO CLASS (THANKSGIVING BREAK)
Wed. Dec. 3 FINAL PRESENTATIONS
Mon. Dec. 15 FILE GRADES

Please note: The course syllabus is a general plan for the course; deviations announced to the class by the instructors may be necessary.

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Faculty / Staff / Client Contact Information

Name
Email
Phone
Laurie Fowler lfowler@uga.edu 706-202-9949
Katie Sheehan katiesheehan80@gmail.com  
Beth Gavrilles bethgav@uga.edu  
Tyra Byers tyrab@uga.edu  
Shana Jones shanaj@uga.edu  
Bill Sapp bsapp@selcga.org  
Kyle McKay skmckay@gmail.com  
Alice Miller Keyes alice@onehundredmiles.org  
Kat Nelson knelson@galandtrust.org  
Alex Robertson arobertson@alllandtrust.org  
Deb McGrath dmcgrath@sewanee.edu  

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Students

Class listserv: envpracticum-L@listserv.uga.edu

Name
Email Phone Available before/after class

Michelle Yang

mly.yang@gmail.com 904-514-6252 Both

Hunter Jones

hunterleighjones@gmail.com 404-909-3570 Before
Harley Yancey hyancey@uga.edu 706-802-8600 Before
Brian Easley easlebt0@uga.edu 404-775-5754 Both
Dustin Banks dbanks84@uga.edu 706-825-6454 Before

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Assignments

Individual "Memo" Assignments

 

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Group Projects

 

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