UM Law to Host ABA-SEER Policy Symposium

The University of Mississippi will host an American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources policy symposium on Thursday, March 8. This year’s ABA-SEER symposium is entitled “Shifting Policies for a Shifting Environment: Environmental Policy Symposium.”

In the midst of significant environmental changes triggered by shifts in climate, population, and natural resources, changes in party control of the White House and Senate have sparked a drastic and unpredictable shift in course for environmental law and policy. This symposium explores how these two transformative forces, shifts in environmental factors and political changes, are converging and what new paths may lie ahead.

Topics for discussion at the symposium include: an overview of shifting EPA positions under the Clean Water Act, potential implications for jurisdictional wetlands determinations, and the status of litigation challenges to the WOTUS rule; the Clean Air Act in a shifting regulatory environment; analysis of interstate disputes relating to water quantity and flood control and how they relate to endangered species issues; and key regulatory policy changes that will impact the state/federal relationship in environmental regulatory matters.

The symposium will open with remarks delivered by John Milner, the chair of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Milner, a partner at Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes in Jackson, is a 1978 graduate of the Ole Miss Law School and was instrumental in the selection of the Law School to host the symposium.

Ole Miss Law Professors Stephanie Showalter Otts and David Case were members of the ABA-SEER symposium planning committee, appointed to that role by Milner. Professor Case is also a featured speaker on the Shifting Resources: Who Gets What? Panel.

For more information about the symposium and a complete list of speakers, visit