The Team

Meet the team behind the 22nd Annual Tulane Environmental Law and Policy Summit:

Alexander DeGiulio-Crop.jpgAlex DeGiulio, Executive Chair
Alex DeGiulio is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He received his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University, where he double majored in Environmental Studies and English.  Prior to law school, he spent two years working for a patent and intellectual property firm in Washington, DC. This past summer, Alex served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Fredericka H. Wicker at the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and as a summer associate with a New Orleans private practice firm.  He is a member of the Maritime Law Journal and hopes to pursue a career in either Maritime or Environmental Law after graduation.

Lizzie Garcia, Speaker Chairlizzie-bio-photo
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Garcia is a 2L from Tampa, Florida. She received her BA from University of Miami, having double majored in Marine Affairs and Anthropology. She went on to earn her Master’s of Professional Science in Marine Affairs and Policy, specializing in Coastal Zone Management, from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She has interned with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Division, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Sierra Club, Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and Gulf Restoration Network. She is pursuing her JD with a focus on Environmental and International Law, hoping to establish a career in protecting the oceans and coastal zones. Lizzie is an avid traveller and a watersports fan, enjoying paddle boarding, kayaking, SCUBA diving, and spearfishing.

Catherine Crawford, Speaker Chair
Catherine Crawford graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in Urban Environmental Studies and a Distinction in Leadership Studies. She worked in sustainability and community outreach before attending law school. Catherine was a law clerk at the Department of Environmental Quality during 1L summer. She is interested in a career in International Environmental law with a focus on climate change and specifically sea level rise policies for affected communities around the world.

Amy Fudenberg, Finance Chairamy-photo-summit
Amy Fudenberg is from the Bay Area, California. She graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Conservation Resource Studies. This past summer, Amy served as a judicial extern at the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in Orlando, Florida. Amy is a member of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, loves hiking, camping and the outdoors, and is interested in natural resources law.

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Hannah PolakowskiOutreach Chair
Hannah is a second year law student from South Carolina. She graduated from College of Charleston with a BA in English and a minor in British Studies. This past summer, Hannah studied law of the sea and maritime law in Rhodes, Greece and completed an internship with the Aegean Institute for Law of the Sea and Maritime Law, assisting in the organization of the Rhodes Academy for Oceans Law and Policy. Hannah is a Junior Member on the Tulane Environmental Law Journal and is interested in a career in international environmental law.


Brian Broussard, Hospitality Chair
Brian Broussard is a 2L from Little Rock, Arkansas. After graduating from University of Central Arkansas with a BA in Political Science/Psychology, he worked as an Energy Auditor. This past summer, Brian clerked with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and he is interested in pursuing environmental/energy law.

Marisa Andrews, Technology Chair
Marisa is a 2L law student from Florida. She graduated from the University of West Florida with a BSBA in Marketing, specializing in Sales Management. This past summer, Marisa studied law of the sea and maritime law in Rhodes, Greece. She also worked as a Research Assistant at the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic. Marisa is also the Executive Chair of Communications for the Student Bar Association, as well as the Vice Justice for the Tulane Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta.



Ryan Cordell, CLE Chair
Ryan Cordell is from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received a bachelor and master’s degree in Environmental Biology from Tulane University. Ryan has worked with energy trading firms, environmental consulting firms, and environmental organizations like the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. After his 1L summer, Ryan was a summer associate with a private practice intellectual property firm in Houston, TX. Ryan is a member of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, and is also a member of the Honor Board. Ryan is an avid hunter, fisherman, and conservationist and enjoys spending time in the coastal marshes of south Louisiana.


Talia Nimmer, Logistics Chair
Talia Nimmer is a second year law student from Los Angeles, CA. She has always loved the outdoors and is currently the Environmental & Energy Law Society Vice President. Talia  is particularly interested in pursuing animal law.

Ryan Sundstrom, Transportation and Travel Chair


Oliver Houck, Advisor and Professor of Law
Oliver Houck’s specialties involve environmental, natural resources and criminal law. He is active in legal proceedings involving wildlife, wetland, coastal and pollution issues and publishes regularly on these and related topics. He has published several books, including Taking Back Eden (on environmental lawsuits abroad), Down on the Batture (on the Lower Mississippi River), The Clean Water Act TMDL Program (pollution control), and most recently Downstream Toward Home (on rivers of North America). He also has written extensively for academic journals and general interest publications.

Houck served as a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., and as National Wildlife Federation general counsel and vice president before joining the Tulane law faculty in 1981. He has since served on the boards of Defenders of Wildlife, the Environmental Law Institute and the Environmental Defense Fund, an advisory board of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and two committees of the National Science Foundation. He has also founded several public interest organizations in Louisiana and at Tulane Law School and has consulted on the development of environmental law in Cuba and other Latin American countries.

Houck’s classes emphasize relationships between ecology and law, and he regularly takes students on field trips into coastal ecosystems, the Pearl and Atchafalaya swamps and other natural areas. He has received the law school’s Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teacher Award and was named a recipient of the Sumter Marks Award in 2000 and 2002 for his publications. He has also been honored with the New Orleans Press Club Award, the Tulane University Graduate Teaching Award and the 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Bar Association’s Environmental Section.

He has been recognized as Louisiana’s Conservationist of the Year, Gambit magazine’s New Orleanian of the Year and the New Orleans Young Leadership Council’s Role Model of the Year.

mdavisMark Davis, Advisor and Director, Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy

Mark Davis is a Senior Research Fellow at Tulane University Law School and Director of the Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy at the Law School. He founded the Institute in 2007 after 14 years as the Executive Director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana where he was extensively involved in shaping laws, policies, and programs at the state and federal level dealing with the restoration and stewardship of coastal ecosystems. He also served as General Counsel at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. He has practiced law in Indianapolis, Washington, DC, and Chicago.

He is an adjunct assistant professor of law at Tulane where he teaches water resources law and policy is also an adjunct faculty member at Loyola Law School (New Orleans). He has also taught at IIT Chicago Kent School of Law and Indiana University’s School of Business in Indianapolis. He has a JD, with honors, from Indiana University and an MLT from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Mr. Davis has written and lectured widely on matters related to coastal and water resource management and has testified before White House and Congressional panels on numerous occasions. He has been recognized for his work with a Louisiana Legend Award from the Louisiana Environmental Action Network and an Environmental Hero award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.