Friday, March 10, 2:30pm, Weinmann Hall, Room TBD
Climate justice is a term used for framing global warming as an ethical and political issue, rather than one that is purely environmental or physical in nature. The panel will discuss the issues of Climate Justice through the lens of Louisiana-local issues. Experts will weigh in on a multitude of issues, including the relocation of the Isle de Jean Charles Native-American community, the Clean Power Plan and Clean Energy Incentive Program, and environmental racism in New Orleans East.
Monique Harden, Co-Director & Attorney, Advocates for Environmental Human Rights
Since 1996, Ms. Harden has provided legal counsel and advocacy support that have helped community organizations win important environmental justice victories. In 2003, Ms. Harden, along with Nathalie Walker, co-founded Advocates for Environmental Human Rights. Ms. Harden is a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law (1995), and received a B.A. from St. John’s College (1990). Ms. Harden has authored and co-authored numerous reports and papers on environmental justice and human rights issues. Her advocacy work has been featured in television, radio and print news, as well as books, magazines, and documentaries.
Tim Hardy, Attorney
Timothy W. Hardy is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana and resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is a Partner, serves on the firm’s Management Committee, and is head of the Environmental Law Practice Group in the Roedel Parsons Koch Blache Balhoff & McCollister Law Firm with offices in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette, Louisiana. His area of concentration is Environmental Law. He holds a B.S. Degree in Chemistry and a Juris Doctor Degree from Southern School of Law. He currently serves on the Board of Supervisors for the Louisiana Community & Technical College System, currently as Chairman. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Southern University Law Center where he has taught Environmental Law for more than 24 years. He is married to the former Stacia Saizon, currently Associate Dean of Students at Baton Rouge Community College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They have two daughters, Nicole, a physician, currently doing her residency in Emergency Medicine in Gainesville, Florida, and Amanda, a second year medical student at LSU Medical School in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Joel Waltzer, Partner, Waltzer Wiygul & Garside, LLCJoel Waltzer is a partner at Waltzer Wiygul & Garside LLC, a firm focused on litigating matters of social and economic significance for traditionally under-served communities and environmental causes. If you meet Joel, you’ll learn pretty quickly how much he loves both history and the outdoors, and especially the people who sustain and remain in the Louisiana coast. As an attorney, Joel has always sought to identify outside-of-the-box solutions and to seek ways to protect the people and the environment from further harm. He hopes to make a difference through his efforts, both in court and through political change.
May Nguyen, Esq. (Moderator), Community Outreach Director, Tulane Environmental Law Clinic (TELC)
May Nguyen is the Community Outreach Director at Tulane Environmental Law Clinic and an attorney at Garcia Law Firm. Previously, Nguyen was a Social Justice Strategy Consultant to non-profits, most notably helping Louisiana’s coastal fishing communities successfully demand recognition and calculate damages for their lost subsistence use due to the BP Oil Spill. For her contribution, Nguyen received the Rishwain Social Justice Entrepreneurship Award. Nguyen also serves on the Board of Directors for the Gulf Restoration Network and the Louisiana Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.
J.D., UCLA School of Law, Public Interest Law and Policy Specialization
M.A., Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), International Economics and Southeast Asia Studies
B.A., Amherst Colleg
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