Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice affects citizens in more than just the obvious ways – its an integral cog to not only environmental law but individual rights, but it often goes overlooked in the day-to-day. This panel will address current environmental justice issues affecting disadvantaged communities, different ways that these communities are affected, and just what can be done to increase awareness of the problems and how to combat them.

  • Adrienne Katner, LSU Environmental and Occupational Health Scientist

Adrienne Katner is an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University, Health Science Center’s School of Public Health in the Environmental and Occupational Health Program. Prior to entering academia, she was an Environmental Health Scientist with the Louisiana Office of Public Health, where she ran several environmental health programs. She has a broad background in public health, with specific training in exposure and risk assessment; and environmental public health policy. katner 2.pngHer current research focuses on evaluating how protective of public health the current US drinking water regulations are; how efficient utility water sampling and sample processing protocols are in capturing and measuring particulate lead levels; and how effective the prevailing public health guidelines are in reducing lead in water exposures.



  • Joelle Bowers, EEO Specialist/ Special Assistant in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights, US Department of Agriculture 

Joelle was born and raised in New Orleans Louisiana, B.A. from Howard University and J.D. Tulane University Law School, class of 2001. Joelle worked in the private and public sector. My Picture-1.jpgJoelle clerked for the Constitutional Court of South Africa. During my time at Tulane, Joelle was a member of the Tulane Environmental Law Society, Tulane Environmental Law Journal and the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic. Joelle presently works for the US Department of Agriculture as an EEO Specialist/Special Assistant in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights.



  • Blair Schilling, Fishman Haygood 

Blair Schilling represents clients in a wide-range of commercial matters in federal and state court, with a concentration in environmental law. Blair-Schilling-800x400Blair’s environmental practice is centered on representing landowners throughout Louisiana against some of the oil and gas industry’s largest operators for contamination of “legacy” oilfields, land loss, and groundwater contamination. Blair’s practice also spans a variety of other subject matters, such as lender liability litigation, public bid law disputes, contract dispute, and other commercial litigation matters.

  • Lisa Jordan, Clinic Director at Tulane Environmental Law Clinic 

Lisa Jordan is a Professor of the Practice, becoming Director of the Environmental Law Clinic in 2017. Professor Jordan has an LLM in Environmental Law from Tulane and has taught on and off in the Environmental Law Clinic since 1996, serving a stint as Acting Director in 1999-2000. She has taught steadily in the clinic since 2006. LisaJordan800.jpgProfessor Jordan’s current practice centers on wetlands and Freedom of Information Act/public records matters, but her extensive experience also encompasses solid waste, oil and gas permitting, and water cases. Significant litigation includes her leading the Clinic’s legal team in representing a grassroots citizen group in Convent, Louisiana, along with the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN), in opposing permits to Shintech Corporation for a massive polyvinyl chloride plant.  Jordan’s and the Clinic’s representation of these groups in the face of massive political and financial resistance and interference led to them being named Runner-Up for the National Law Journal’s Lawyer of the Year award.  Professor Jordan previously practiced criminal law as an assistant district attorney in Orleans Parish and is a native New Orleanian.