Meet the team hard at work planning the 24th Annual Tulane Environmental Law and Policy Summit!
Daniel Stein, Executive Chair
Dan was born and raised in Queens, NY, and graduated from SUNY Buffalo in 2004. Dan worked in the U.S. Senate for four years. From there Dan worked on several political campaigns in cities across America. Dan grew increasingly frustrated by partisan politics and decided to pursue a rewarding career cleaning up oceans by attending Tulane Law School. In addition to this Summit, Dan is a junior member of Tulane’s Environmental Law Journal and serves on the Career Development Office Committee. Dan spent his 1L summer as an extern with the Arctic Center at the University of Lapland studying Environmental and Maritime Law.
Anna Ferriera, Speaker Chair
Anna is from Sugar Land, Texas. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Houston in Communications. This past summer, Anna worked at the Dallas District Attorney’s Office and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She currently is a member of the Pace Environmental Appellate Moot Court Team and will be joining the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic in Spring 2019. Anna hopes to pursue a career in Environmental or Renewable Energy Law after graduation.
Daniel Schwank, Speaker Chair
Daniel is a New Orleans native. He received his undergraduate degree from LSU in Environmental Management Systems and his master’s degree in Environmental Science from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. In the summer of 2018, Daniel worked at an industry defense firm and an environmental law firm both in New Orleans. In addition to serving as Speaker Chair, Daniel is a member of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal.
Alex Blankenberg, Finance Chair
Alex is from Rochester, Michigan. She received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University where she double majored in Political Science and Communication Studies. This past summer, Alex worked for the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, a small environmental non-profit legal organization located in Detroit, Michigan. Alex is also a Junior Member of the Tulane Sports Lawyers Journal. Alex hopes to pursue a career in environmental litigation after graduation.
Chandler Farnworth, Outreach Chair
Chandler is from Pueblo, Colorado and received her undergraduate degree in Corporate Communications from the University of Texas. This past summer, Chandler split her summer between working as a research assistant for the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy, and interning for Judge Ernst in Colorado. She is the President of Tulane Women in Law Society and assists an energy law professor in drafting course materials.
Alannah Willis, Hospitality Chair
Alannah is a lifelong Gulf Coast resident who graduated from Florida State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s of science in environmental studies and a minor in physical anthropology. For a year before attending Tulane Law School, Alannah worked for the Florida Department of Historical Resources as an archaeological data analyst. This past summer, Alannah participated in the Rural Summer Legal Corps program with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services in Houma, Louisiana. Currently, Alannah is a member of the Tulane Law Review and the Pace Environmental Appellate Moot Court Team, and will be joining the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic in Spring 2019. After graduation, Alannah hopes to practice environmental litigation in Texas.
Megan Kilmer , Technology Chair
Megan is from Alta Loma, California. She received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in Anthropology with a minor in Environmental Studies. This past summer, Megan interned at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Associate, Office of General Counsel, in Long Beach, California, where she focused on environmental enforcement. She is a Junior member of Tulane’s Maritime Law Journal and hopes to pursue a career in Environmental Law after graduation.
Tiffany Sporl, CLE Chair
Tiffaney grew up on the water in Slidell, Louisiana, with Lake Pontchartrain literally in her backyard. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Finance with a minor in Political Science from Louisiana State University in 2017. During undergrad, Tiffaney worked as an extern for the Honorable Jay C. Zainey in the Eastern District of Louisiana and volunteered for the election campaign of Louisiana House Representative Paula Davis. This past summer, Tiffaney split her time studying Maritime Law abroad in Rhodes, Greece, and working as a law clerk for a boutique public finance firm in New Orleans. Tiffaney plans to pursue a career in either Maritime or Public Finance Law, however, she is passionate about gulf coast environmental conservation issues, and hopes to pursue projects of this nature regardless of which area of law she practices.
Lisa Diaz, Transportation Chair
Lisa is from Miami, Florida. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Miami, where she majored in Marine Affairs with minors in Biology and Ecosystem Science. This past summer, Lisa interned with Magistrate John O’Sullivan for the Southern District of Florida and worked at the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy. Along with serving as Transportation Chair, Lisa is also a Junior Member of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal and hopes to pursue a career in Environmental Law after graduation.
Hannah Lafrance, Logistics Chair
Hannah is from Braithwaite, Louisiana. She received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University, where she majored in Political Science. This past summer, Hannah worked here in New Orleans as a summer clerk at a plaintiff’s firm that focuses on environmental law. In addition to serving as a Logistics Chair, she is a member of the Tulane Mock Trial Team. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in Environmental or Energy Law.
Dalton Luke, President of Tulane Environmental and Energy Law Society
Dalton Luke was born and raised in New York City and graduated from Tulane University in 2017 with a degree in Business and Classical Studies. Prior toattending law school, Dalton worked for a scrap-metal recycling company in New York, where he worked as a buyer and warehouse manager, where his duties included ensuring company compliance with federal and state environmental regulations. This past summer, Dalton worked at Valero based in San Antonio, where he completed a document review for a case under CERCLA, drafted environmentallitigation memoranda, and well as preparedfilings for state and federal Environmental and Energy Agencies. In addition to serving as President of the society, Dalton currently works as a Judicial Intern for a judge on the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and is a Junior Member of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal. Dalton hopes to have a career in Environmental Litigation after graduation.
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.
Mark 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
GeneralCounsel 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.