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Law & Society Series

Legal, Ethical, and Policy Implications of a Changing Climate

12th Annual Law & Society Symposium

Charleston Music Hall
37 John Street
Friday, February 7, 2020
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Presented by the Riley Institute and the Charleston Law Review of the Charleston School of Law

Our changing climate increasingly creates significant legal, ethical, and legislative challenges. Water quality, sea level rise, and the environmental impacts of proposed offshore drilling are critical issues facing South Carolinians and present challenges to those who make and enact laws. To counter the Trump administration’s plans to lease South Carolina’s offshore waters for oil drilling and testing, the South Carolina legislature’s current budget prohibits cities, counties and the state from issuing permits for infrastructure onshore to support the offshore work. The increasing scarcity of clean water and the impacts of sea level rise create the needs for legal responses in order to mitigate loss, protect our resources, and compensate victims.

The Honorable Paul C. Ney Jr., General Counsel, Department of Defense, delivered the keynote address. Click here to view this year’s program.

About Paul Ney

Currently, the chief legal officer of the Department of Defense and legal advisor to the Secretary of Defense, Mr. Ney has been engaged throughout his career in both private practice and public service. He has twice been a partner in private law firms, first with Trauger, Ney & Tuke and later with Patterson Intellectual Property Law, P.C. He also was director of the Nashville Davidson County Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development. Within the Department, Mr. Ney previously served as acting general counsel and principal deputy general counsel of the Department of the Navy, and as deputy general counsel (Legal Counsel) for the Department of Defense. Immediately prior to rejoining the Department, he served as chief deputy attorney general for the State of Tennessee.

Mr. Ney is a recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal and Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.

Mr. Ney earned his juris doctor and masters of business administration from Vanderbilt University and his bachelor of science in biology & society from Cornell University. He served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Adrian Duplantier in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Friday, February 7, 2020 | Charleston Music Hall

8 am: Registration; CLE Course No. 202350

8:30 am: Welcome and Introduction

Andrew Abrams, Dean and Provost, Charleston School of Law

Donald Gordon, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Riley Institute at Furman

Timothy Nicolette, Symposium Editor Vol. XIV, Charleston Law Review

8:45 am: Keynote Address

The Honorable Paul C. Ney Jr., General Counsel, Department of Defense

9:30 am: Offshore Drilling: Can Judicial Influence Effect Change?

Moderator: Hal Robinson, Professor of Law, Charleston School of Law, and Director of Legal Affairs and Staff Attorney, Georgia-Alabama Land Trust, Inc.


Keith Hall,Campanile Charities Professor of Energy Law and Director of the Mineral Law Institute, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Patrick Parenteau, Professor of Law and Senior Counsel, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, Vermont Law School

Catherine Wannamaker, Senior Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center

10:30 am: Break

10:45 am: Sea Level Rise: Preparing for a New Reality

Moderator: Allyson Haynes Stuart, Co-Director of Academic Success and Professor of Law, Charleston School of Law


Astrid Caldas, Ph.D., Senior Climate Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists

Harry Kelso, Deputy General Counsel for Environment, Energy & Installations, Department of Defense

Tom Mullikin, Professor of Environmental Law, Charleston School of Law

11:45 am: Break

12 pm: Water Quality: Merging Policy and Pragmatism

Moderator: Miller Shealy, Professor of Law, Charleston School of Law


Amy Armstrong, Executive Director and General Counsel, South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Karen Colmie, Associate General Counsel for Environment, Energy & Installations, Department of Defense

Robert Glicksman, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro, Professor of Environmental Law, The George Washington University Law School

1 pm: Closing

Timothy Nicolette